Whether you got a coffee maker, a DVD player or a toaster, you also got a registration card.
You may have wondered why manufacturers need information about your income, your education and your hobbies.
Consumer Reports says don't think you have to give up your information in exchange for warranty coverage.
The registration card may come with a few benefits. For instance, the company has your name, contact information, the product model and serial number if the product gets recalled.
If you don't fill the card out, you're not giving up warranty coverage. Consumer Reports explained a sales receipt should suffice if you need to file a warranty claim. If a registration card is required, the company must put that in writing.
Consumer Reports' bottom line is: read the product's warranty to figure out if it's required. If it is, only provide as much information as necessary.
For more Consumer Reports tips on registration cards, visit Consumer Reports' website.
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