When we finished our tour of the automotive service sector, we wanted to make a deal about the insurance companies that are behind the managers and dealers who actually sell the auto service contracts. And when we searched for information about the insurance company behind the service contracts sold by many General Motors dealers, we discovered that we owned the space. GMC offers its customers an automotive service contract managed by the third-party company AMT Warranty Corp. This extended car warranty can be purchased from a GMC dealership and split into monthly payments or paid in advance. While there are many good options for automotive service providers in the market, some are increasing over others. We think the top of the list is endurance. We found that this provider has the best combination of options and hedging value. Service contracts were not insurance products. However, they were part of GMAC`s insurance business. Engine protection plans (in the U.S.) and safety care plans (in other countries) have been sold to consumers by GM distributors through the financial and insurance services of their distributors. A.M.
Best had lowered the GMAC insurance companies from A-plus (superior) to A (excellent) in June 2003 and from A (excellent) to A (excellent) in May 2005. But in the service contract, everything on an A is good enough to qualify for funding. Any B or below is a problem that will have a negative impact on market share. At that time, mortgages were king at GMAC. On the other hand, insurance activity, including service contracts, and car financing, in 2005 accounted for only 29% of the company`s total turnover. The premiums that GM customers pay for service contracts in a given year would be consistent with revenue generated by the written service contract plus dealer mark-ups. So what`s in the chart below is maybe only half the story of the rise and fall (and hopefully the rebirth) of GM`s protection plans. The blue columns represent the revenue generated by the sale (of dealers) of vehicle service contracts. Compare this dataset for service contracts with Figure 2 data, which trackEs across General Motors` automotive revenues and the corresponding amount of product warranty claims paid from 2002 to 2009. We must keep in mind that there is no link between sales of service contracts and warranty requests paid. There is, however, one point that needs to be emphasized.
What does it feel like to co-own one of the world`s largest automotive service contract providers? American Capital Acquisition Corp., however, left behind the GMAC Insurance Dealer Products – Services Group, which is the unit responsible for overseeing automotive services contracts and relationships with car dealerships. A person within AmTrust, who declined to be named, said there were no plans to acquire this additional business line from GMAC. With extended third-party coverage, coverage for your GM vehicle can go well beyond 100,000 miles. Some vehicle service contracts also include troubleshooting options and let go at every repair shop you want.