Warranties are worth the read
Warranties should be a primary consideration when making any large purchase. How long it lasts, is it prorated or not and what issues does it address are all large items that largely will affect your after-purchase satisfaction. Let’s discuss some basic information about what warranties are and what they are designed to do.
This is basically a promise made by a seller or manufacturer to ‘stand behind’ a given product. A warranty guarantees that any product sold with structural flaws, faulty parts or other defects will be replaced or repaired at no added expense to the buyer. For this reason, most major purchases such as automobiles, homes, household appliances, and electronic devices come with some sort of warranty. Per federal law, all product warranties must be available to consumers before a purchase is made.
Written warranties are not required by law but if you do get one it essentially promises to repair or replace a defective product as long as certain conditions are met. Written warranties provide coverage for a given length of time; most written warranties for mattresses are valid for five, 10, 15 or 20 years, depending on the brand and the seller.
These include two fundamental components.
- A warranty of merchantability ensures the product will perform all essential functions and meet consumer expectations.
- A warranty of fitness guarantees that the product can be used for any and all specific purposes agreed upon by the buyer and seller.
For example, ‘warranty of merchantability’ is a promise that a mattress sold to a customer will provide a suitable place for sleeping. If the customer chooses to buy a self-heating mattress, then ‘warrant of fitness’ guarantees the mattress will be self-heating. It’s important to note that even products not covered by a written warranty are still protected under implied warranties unless the product is sold ‘as is’ to the consumer. ‘As is’ sales are prohibited by law in several states and the District of Columbia.