Updated: Nov 15, 2019
HP Care Packs are essentially extended warranties, very similar to what you would be offered at check out at Best Buy or Walmart.
They are convenient add on purchases that are priced from $49 and all the way up to $1000 depending on response time and defective media retention options.
The standard original equipment manufactures warranty is 1 year from the date of purchase on printer / mfp devices. HP Care Pack's can extend that coverage from 2 to 4 years.
Some of them come with Accidental Damage Protection (See Limitations Section)
In many cases HP Care Packs can be purchased pre and post device purchase. HP Care Packs for printers can be found online here.
HP Care Pack Terms and Conditions
Popular Care Packs
$99 U9CQ4A 3 Year Next Day Exchange LaserJet Pro M501
Key Aspects #1
It is important to point out that the purchasing Care Pack does not eliminate the need preventive maintenance. Some parts that may fall under PM umbrella may be considered consumables.
According to the Data Sheet for HP Care Packs
Consumable items including, but not limited to, removable media, customer-replaceable batteries and tablet PC pens, maintenance kits, and other supplies, as well as user maintenance and non-HP devices, are not covered by this service.
Using a automotive analogy some items are like the tires, oil and gas that no automotive bumper to bumper warranty covers. Supplies and consumables are not covered. Check the service manual these items may not be provided repaired or replaced as part of the HP car Pack Service
If the user is calling for service and thinking the HP care Pack will cover it will be surprised to hear consumable part replacement may be a out of pocket expenses.
If the problem cannot be resolved remotely during technical phone support HP can replace the failed product with a new or equivalent-to-new product free of major cosmetic defects
What is Equivalent-To-New?
The OEM may use remanufactured parts that are equivalent to new in performance.
Key Aspects #2
Since the end user wants the issue to be solved quickly whats faster then having the end user act as the first responder. Ultimately getting the printer back up and running is what everyone wants however it is important that everyone understand the scope of their responsibilities.
What Are Customer Responsibilities?
Upon HP request, the Customer will be required to support HP’s remote problem resolution efforts. The Customer will:
Provide all information necessary for HP to deliver timely and professional remote support and to enable HP to determine the level of support eligibility