A car is a hell of a lot more complicated and has to endure rough roads, weather, water, ice etc and it's computer systems run fine for years many years past a notebook. As well as all the mechanicals. Coddled notebooks have no where near the exposure cars do yet you have to pay 20-30% more for a warranty on a notebook vs 5% on a car! Hmmmmmm.
YOu are scared into thinking its such a complicated little item and WILL cause you so much financial harm if YOU DON't buy a warranty! I find that too funny.
Even Dell claims (by default) that 50% of problems will show up IN the first year....and 50% after that. Well common sense and experience says electronics after burned in will work a VERY long time without issue. That 50% after the first year is more likely in most cases to happen AFTER the warranty period anyway. They know that. Its friggiun common sense to say 50% of the issues will show up after the first year!!! Of course..BUT WHEN is the key! They don't say the other 50% will show up WITHIN the first THREE years!!! Its verbal slight of hand!!!
Businesses do the research and statistics to make the warranty plans extremily Profitable.
I used to work for Xerox and we HAd the Dell onsite warranty contract. If I took one or two notebook service calls in a two week period that was alot. With a population of a million and a half and with many of the casinos using Dell exclusivly. I just did not see many Dell 8200's. Desktops were even less.
Most of today's computer components are built better and Dells are better and other than the 30 day return policy I don't read of many having breakdowns after the first few months. If there were Dell would not sell as many.
Extended warrantys or actually SERVICE contracts are worth it for a high maintinance item like a copier. But on electronics without many moving parts I feel it's a total waste of money. My own experience is my biggest back up . I would like to itemized the savings over 30 years on 3 refridgerators, three Central Air unitts on three homes, Washers dryers. 7 TV's (2 big screens) at least 6 cars (all used with over 40,000 miles except for one I bought new) Never bought warranties on any of it. The issues I did have, I paid for but all in all I saved a ton.
We live in a society where sales are made on A LOT of things we really don't need based on fear. Advertisers scare use into buying this and that.......and the young are buying in to it especially. It's a great technique.
Many older consumers know better from experience and remember a time when products were NOT made as well AND there were no warranties available beyong the standard and many still enjoyed a long life with those products. Now all products are made better and last longer. Look a cars! Years ago 80000 milkes on a car and the car was ready for the yards. Now even American made cars go 150,000 or so before MAJOR issues when proprerly cared for..
Extended warrantys are costly and MOST buyers do not use them ever. If they did, companies would not sell them. Credit cards GIVE them away. Many new car makers are GIVING them away in the price of the car with all the 5 year/100,000 warrantys. Mostly on "suspect" quality cars though. You won't see Toyota increasing their warranty period. They don't have to. Nor do you have to buy an extended warranty on them. They are extremily reliable and their reputation for such is based on years of comsumer buying and tracking.
The better the brand the less you need a warranty. I put Dell into this catagory.
So to answer you question. The does not have to be statistical fact to prove the point. Although Im sure it's there. Only historical experience and common sense.....vs what ifs and the mass purchasing oif "peace of mind".
Again my experience is is that I would never buy one and never reccomend anyone buy them. Especially on an item that in many case is replaced due to obsolesence way before it breaks down!!!!