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But then even with the high cost, when you are staring at your sparkly new MacBook in the Apple Store and the sales representative reminds you it can break, a large portion of us give in. “Alright, yes, I might want to purchase AppleCare+.”

It doesn’t need to be that way.

There’s a simple trick you can use to get your manufacturer’s warranty extended out from one year to two years – and it doesn’t cost you a penny.

This trick works with MacBooks, as well as with iPhones, cameras, or any electronic gadget with a guarantee.

The key is paying for your new device with the correct credit card. The significant charge cards – Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover – all offer free warranty expansions in some shape. In any case, they aren’t all equivalent.

American Express is the one I’ve had experience with.

AmEx’s terms for warranty extension are generous. On the off chance that you utilize any AmEx card to purchase an item with a US manufacturer’s warranty of five years or less (this doesn’t imply that your item must be made in the US), AmEx will give an additional year. On the off chance that it breaks during the second year, AmEx will take care of the expense of repairs up to the sum you charged on your card – and in fact to a most extreme of $10,000.

Here’s my story:

I purchased a MacBook Air in 2012 and decided against getting any extra security on the grounds that, at the time, the cost of the laptop itself appeared to be sufficiently high. Quick forward 18 months and my keyboard stops working for no perceptible reason.

I got AmEx on the phone to make a extended warranty claim. They addressed me for a couple of minutes and afterward sent me this subsequent email:

All I needed to do was go to the Apple Store and get a repair gauge, then screenshot the receipt Apple had emailed to me when I initially purchased the laptop.

A couple days after the fact I was approved, and I got a totally new keyboard for my laptop for free. Also, as a side note, you would be horrified to hear the amount Apple needed to charge me for that keyboard repair (around $200).

Be that as it may, you need to pick the correct card.

Visa is the trickiest. It just offers a guarantee expansion on its “signature” cards, however on those, it will extend the warranty (up to one year) on warranties of three years or less, as indicated by its site .

MasterCard likewise offers to extend your warranty up to one year, and Discover offers to extend it by one year for warranties of three years or less. MasterCard and Discover don’t express any restrictions with regards to the kind of card, however they say some could be excluded.

This brings me to an important point: Always check with your credit card compan before expecting your buy will qualify. Some of them have fine print that could possibly reject certain cards. They can likewise have exclusions for items that are still under “installment billing,” so relying upon how you are paying for your iPhone, it regards check whether it is secured.

Yet, other than that, there is no reason not to advantage of these plans. You could wind up getting a free MacBook repair.

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