Here’s a simple equation why Mac Users should REALLY invest in the Apple Care Protection Plan.
I sent my MacBook Pro (late 2007 model) to an Apple Service Provider for ALL those said repairs and I did not pay a single cent. Nada. The only inconvenience I felt was the 3-weeks laptop-less period that made me squat from one computer to another. But then I was unlucky since the Apple Service Provider I sent it to was extremely slow with the requests. But still, paying ZERO cash for all those major repairs were worth the wait.
And I still have year to go before my Apple Care expires, so in case anything else breaks within a one year time-frame, I can still have the parts replaced and have it serviced for free!
I hear newbie Mac Users argue that since they paid so much already for an Apple unit, paying for Apple Care is just way too much. But let me remind you that you don’t actually have to buy an Apple Care at the same time you buy the unit. You can actually defer it until a month before your current Apple Warranty expires. So that gives you ample time to save up for an Apple Care Protection Plan that costs roughly around $250-$350, depending on the Apple Product.
Just remember to send yourself a reminder if you plan to buy the Apple Care later on, because you might forget! Do what I do, put it on your iCal and set the alarm!
Which reminds me, I need to buy Apple Care for my iPod Touch.