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AppleCare and warranty status is a crucial factor to consider when buying a used Mac. Active coverage can add value and provide peace of mind by covering repairs and technical support. Here’s a detailed guide on how to check for active AppleCare or warranties on a used Mac:

1. Get the Serial Number

To check for AppleCare or warranty status, you’ll first need the Mac’s serial number. Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen, then select “About This Mac.” The serial number will be listed in the window that appears.

2. Use Apple’s Warranty Status Website

Once you have the serial number, go to Apple’s Check Coverage page (checkcoverage.apple.com). Enter the serial number, complete the CAPTCHA, and click “Continue.”

3. Understand the Information

On the next page, you’ll see several pieces of information.

  • Valid Purchase Date: A valid purchase date means Apple has a record of when the device was purchased, which is used to determine warranty status.
  • Telephone Technical Support: If this is active, it means the device is covered by AppleCare. AppleCare includes phone support for a specified period, so if this is active, it typically means the device is still under AppleCare.
  • Repairs and Service Coverage: This shows whether the device is still under Apple’s limited warranty or AppleCare. If it’s active, it will show an estimated expiration date.

4. Check for AppleCare+

If AppleCare is active, it’s also worth checking if it’s AppleCare+ coverage. AppleCare+ includes accidental damage coverage, which is not included in the standard AppleCare Protection Plan. To confirm if it’s AppleCare+, you may need to contact Apple Support directly.

5. Transfer of AppleCare

If AppleCare is active and you decide to purchase the Mac, you’ll need to transfer the AppleCare to your name. The original owner can initiate this process by contacting Apple Support and providing your name, address, email, and phone number.

Conclusion

Checking for active AppleCare or warranties on a used Mac can give you a better understanding of the value and potential future repair costs of the device. However, keep in mind that while AppleCare can be a significant advantage, it shouldn’t replace a thorough check of the Mac’s physical condition and functionality. Always perform a comprehensive inspection to ensure you’re making a wise investment.