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Nov 25, 2014, 09:47 ET

As Holidays Approach, New Poll Shows Consumers Want Options to Save Time and Hassle

 Time really is money, and as the holiday shopping season begins, a new survey shows that more than two-thirds of American consumers would be...

Aug 04, 2014, 10:08 ET

New Survey Finds Tablets, E-readers are Gaining Popularity

Half of Americans now have a tablet computer or e-reader, with college students a significant part of this growing trend, according to a survey...

Jun 09, 2014, 10:30 ET

New Study: Home Warranties Increase Home Sale Prices, Reduce Length on the Market for Owners

Houses covered by a protection plan sell faster and bring their owners a higher sales price than those without such a service contract, according...

Feb 14, 2014, 08:30 ET

Frosty Temperatures, Humid Heat Lead to Unexpected Problems for Car Owners

With much of the nation still digging out from extreme winter weather that brought battering snowstorms, treacherous ice and Arctic temperatures,...

Nov 22, 2013, 09:27 ET

With Electronic Gifts at High Risk of Damage by Kids and Pets, Consumers Turn to Service Contracts

 Consumers are expected to spend $66.5 billion on electronics this holiday season and a record number will protect them with service contracts,...

Sep 11, 2013, 10:18 ET

Service Contracts Become More Necessary as Consumers Keep Cars Longer, Car Repair Prices Rise

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, American motorists are hanging onto their cars longer – and with the rising cost of repairs to keep...

Aug 01, 2013, 10:27 ET

SCIC Releases Free Pocket Buying Card to Help Consumers During Back-To-School Shopping

 Consumers considering whether to buy an extended warranty for their important back-to-school purchases now have a convenient, free tool to...

May 23, 2013, 09:00 ET

Extended Warranties Gain Momentum as Home Prices Increase

 As home prices begin to rebound – as much as 9.7 percent this year by some estimates – more home sellers are purchasing extended...

Feb 14, 2013, 13:24 ET

Service Contracts Grow in Popularity as New Cars Become More Expensive to Repair

As new cars make their debut on the nation's biggest car sales weekend of the year, more buyers than ever before will decide to purchase a service...

Nov 01, 2012, 08:00 ET

Smart Consumers Plan for the Unexpected

 A nationwide survey by Hart Research Associates revealed that 48 percent of Americans say they do not have the savings they need to achieve...

Aug 15, 2012, 08:00 ET

How To Protect Your Student's Electronic Products

Six out of ten claims filed for electronic devices are the result of accidents, according to Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) member...

Mar 23, 2012, 11:47 ET

Guidelines for Purchasing a Home Warranty

Since 1988, the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) has been the leading advocate on behalf of consumers and the home service contract...

Mar 06, 2012, 13:43 ET

Correction to "Tips for Buying an Extended Vehicle Warranty for a New or Used Vehicle"

 In a recent Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) press release, Tips for Buying an Extended Vehicle Warranty for a New or Used Vehicle...

Feb 16, 2012, 18:25 ET

Tips for Buying an Extended Vehicle Warranty for a New or Used Vehicle

The Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) works directly with state legislators nationwide to regulate the licensing of motor vehicle service...

Nov 19, 2011, 07:00 ET

Extended Warranties: Are They Worth It?

The continuous redesign of electronics and appliances for enhanced portability, functionality and energy...

Jul 08, 2011, 11:45 ET

Consumer Tips from the Service Contract Industry Council for Buying Extended Warranties

 Legislation signed into law by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on July 7, 2011 includes important consumer protection language drafted by the Service...

Jul 07, 2011, 21:10 ET

New Law Addresses Auto Extended Warranty Scams

Legislation signed into law today by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon includes important consumer protection language drafted by the Service Contract...

Mar 30, 2011, 07:13 ET

Home Warranties Protect Homeowners During Extreme Weather; Attract Buyers in Competitive Real Estate Market

Extreme temperatures across the nation contributed to a record-breaking year for home warranty claims, and now with a glut of homes for sale across...

Mar 23, 2011, 07:30 ET

Extended Warranty Sales Keep Pace with Increased Auto Sales

Sales of motor vehicle service contracts (extended warranties) in the first quarter of 2011 are tracking ahead of sales during the same timeframe...

Nov 19, 2010, 20:11 ET

Popularity of Extended Warranties a Testament to their Value, Benefits

Millions of consumers continue to purchase and fuel demand for extended warranty protection on their electronics, homes and motor vehicles....