Since the Trans-Americas Journey is, after all, a working road trip we travel with what amounts to a mobile office. The travel tech gear we use on the road is pretty tough and we haven’t had to repair or replace anything too major until the AC power adapter for Eric’s Dell laptop recently kicked the bucket, requiring international service.
Dell international service to the rescue
When we called the Dell warranty service line in the US, where the laptop was purchased, and explained the situation (ie, we’re in Mexico stuck with a laptop that can’t be used because the adapter needs to be replaced) we were worried. An international shipment of this replacement part from the US could take weeks to arrive, could be subject to hefty import duties into Mexico, and might even be stolen before it ever reached us.
To avoid all of those hassles Dell put us in touch with their Mexican service department where an English speaking agent confirmed that they had the adapter we needed. Then they sent a technician from Guadalajara (more than an hour away) to deliver it to us by hand.
The new AC power adapter arrived four business days after we nailed down an address with no long wait, no import duties, and no risk of losing it to a thief. While we hope we won’t have any further reason to fix or replace the tech we travel with, it’s good to know that service-minded global companies actually have ways for travelers to tap into the convenience and service of their in-country offices even when they’re overseas in order to get things fixed fast.
Anyone who plans to travel outside the US with any gadgets that might need parts or service would be well-advised to make sure the company they buy from has warranty and support facilities in the countries they plan to visit.
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I think the apple warranty is worldwide also.
Although it won’t get your laptop repaired while out of the country there are travel insurance plans available (like TravelGuards) that cover you if your bag is lost or stolen. Most don’t cover if you forget it somewhere though. WorldNomads is similar and allows you to renew while on the road.
Not sure I understand. If Apple warranty is worldwide, but it won’t get your laptop repaired outside of the US…it’s not worldwide coverage.
In my case, I purchased a Dell in the US which has US warranty coverage. However, unlike most companies Dell allows you to change your country of coverage, as many times as you like. Essentially allowing you to have warranty coverage anywhere they sell computers. In reality, however, they never made me change my warranty country for service in Mexico.
Sorry I tried to do another paragraph there. The Apple warranty will get your laptop repaired worldwide. The travel insurance will cover you if your baggage (cameras and laptops are included in that) is lost, stolen or broken. It takes longer but you just will get reimbursed for it.
That makes more sense. Thanks for clarifying.