An Investment That Paid For Itself

Dec 27, 2019

Who: Tim Fliehs
What: Corn & Soybeans
Where: Conde, SD

In the 48 years that Tim has been farming, this is the wettest year he has ever seen. What’s even more eye-opening is that Richard, Tim’s 91-year-old dad, says this is the wettest year he has ever seen too. The past 12 – 14 months have been challenging, to say the least. Tim’s son, Blake, is also involved in the operation and gives Tim a reason to keep pushing through these tough years. A few obstacles, including record flooding, delayed harvest, and a trade war with China, have really hit everyone involved in US agriculture hard this year.

One investment Tim Fliehs decided to make during this extremely difficult year was to purchase the Cenex Total Protection Plan for his new Case IH CVT 240. The investment cost for Tim was $299. The return? A check in the amount of nearly $8,000 for repairs to the hydraulic oil pump.

The initial cost of the warranty program was $299, but Cenex provided $200 in coupons upon enrollment. The warranty comes with a stipulation that only Cenex fuel and oil be used in the equipment and requires an oil sample to be taken annually. The required annual testing is a preventative measure and often indicates if there is a problem; leading to a solution before the problem arises.

Beyond the warranty coverage itself, there are important factors to consider when choosing a warranty program. When you find an opportunity to receive customer service alongside a comprehensive policy, you’re investing in the best risk management tool for your operation.

The highest warranty total paid through Cenex has been $75,000. The Total Protection Plan covers thousands of pieces of equipment. With no deductible and very detailed fluid sample reports, the insights provided into internal equipment condition is invaluable.

Thank you, Tim Fliehs, for taking time out of your day to allow us to come visit with you about the Cenex Total Protection Plan and your thoughts on the program. We wish you a safe and bountiful New Year!

Pictured in front: Richard holding baby Isaac (Blake's son), and Tim Fliehs
Pictured in back: Blake Fliehs

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