Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/02/08

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Warranty Issues
From: "Kit McChesney | Acmefoto" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2003 08:44:14 -0700

Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say that USA Passport Protection is silly.
I'd love to see that kind of coverage on a piece, and I'm sure there are
those who get into rough situations who feel likewise.

As far as the Passport Plan's restriction on fire or theft, those situations
are usually covered by insurance. Homeowner's for theft (I know mine does,
even if it's stolen out of the car--and I can buy a cheap rider to make
sure), and fire, if the house burns down.

They need to have a piece of the camera, preferably the part with a serial
number. I had a customer just two weeks ago who told me he was glad to have
this protection for his binoculars, because one day in the field he had put
his binocs on the dash of a Land Rover and suddenly, the vehicle took off
and the binocs fell and were ruined. He had purchased them in Europe and
they were not covered under Passport, so he was you-know-what outta luck.

I know you'll throw something nasty and rotten at me for this one, but for
those who insist that the USA Passport Plan is just a way for Leica to get
more money out of you, I say ... well, I won't say it here. Compare the
price of any comparable piece sold in Europe and tell me that the USA models
are more expensive, especially these days of weak dollars.


- -----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of John
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 11:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Warranty Issues

The international warranty is for a set period regardless of ownership
(governed under local and national statutes). The passport (and any
extended warrantee as far as I know) are just fancy insurance policies
and are not transferable. These are usually offered though, or backed
by, a third party insurer who likes to keep it as narrowly  and as
favorably defined as possible without looking too silly. The Leica
Passport is borderline too silly as it does not offer fire or theft

So yes and no. The international warrantee will be in effect regardless
of who owns it but the fancy "just return the serial number" insurance
policy is only valid with original owner.

I also realize this situation may not please you Austin. Though I am
not responsible, I none the less wish to extend my heartfelt
apologies... :-)

John Collier

On Friday, February 7, 2003, at 09:25 PM, Austin Franklin wrote:

> Is the warranty transferable?  In other words, I buy a new USA camera,
> and I
> go to sell it before the warranty is up.  If the subsequent purchaser
> has
> any problems with the camera, and the warranty has not expired yet,
> will
> Leica honor the warranty?

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