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Consumers’ Checkbook | Home warranties might seem like the prudent choice, but they aren’t worth the cost

300 dpi A. Johnson illustration of a house with a “Home Warranty” sign hung on it. Gary Post Tribune 1995<p>

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Home-warranty companies run lots of ads promising to save you thousands of dollars when something goes wrong with your refrigerator, furnace, plumbing, and other appliances and systems. But don’t count on the peace of mind these plans promise. These warranties are bad deals and simply aren’t worth their price tags or hassle.

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