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As Kids Head to College, Parents Can Find Comfort in Having Electronic Repairs Covered

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – You’ve raised your kids to be independent, to be able to think for themselves. Now they’re off to college, and you wonder whether the lessons really sank in. Fortunately, there’s a way to lift at least some of the load, eliminating the hassle if their essential electronics and other gear die at the worst possible moment.

Electronics have become an indispensable part of college life, taking the place of everything from text books to notepads. A service contract makes it simple for far-from-home college students (and even those closer to the nest) to get quick, low-cost repairs should their important electronic devices fall victim to the drops, spills and other misfortunes of typical campus life. The security of a service contract becomes more important with each new school year, as a recent survey showed that about half of all people ages 18 to 29 own a digital tablet.

“The last thing the parent of a college student wants to be concerned about is whether their child’s electronic devices will hold up, and a service contract takes away the worry,” said Tim Meenan, executive director of the Service Contract Industry Council. “The convenience and affordability of a service contract lets students concentrate on their studies instead of the aggravation and cost of repairs, especially if they’re far from the comfort of home.”

Service contracts give consumers peace of mind by providing cost-saving coverage that makes it easy to repair or replace damaged electronics. In addition to helping consumers save money, service contracts save time and eliminate the hassle of having to search for repair services. For a fraction of the cost of full replacement, service contracts for electronic devices may cover:

  • Accidental drops
  • Spills or water damage
  • Mechanical/electrical failures from normal use
  • Damaged screen or touchscreen
  • Antenna, Wi-Fi or charging port failure
  • Dead battery

Consumers who have questions about service contracts for electronics can visit # #The Service Contract Industry Council is a national trade association whose member companies collectively offer about 80 percent of the service contracts sold in the U.S. for home, auto and consumer goods. The SCIC educates consumers about service contracts, encourages its members to pursue high standards of customer satisfaction, and develops and promotes model legislation to regulate the industry with standards designed to protect the consumer and the industry.

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