By Victoria Lusk
A $99 warranty paid off to the tune of $10,097 for a farmer from near Claremont.
The warranty — a Total Protection Plan sponsored by Cenex — was sold a few years ago by Myron Lefor, who works in the petroleum department at Full Circle Ag.
The cost of the warranty on new equipment is $299, but Cenex at the time was offering $200 in coupons, Lefor explained. The warranty comes with a stipulation that only Cenex fuel and oil be used in the equipment and requires that an oil sample be sent in for testing annually.
Lefor said Mick Doctor of Doctor Feedlots purchased the warranty on a new tractor. When Doctor heard a noise, he thought it was coming from the rear end of the tractor, but it turned out to be the transmission.
“So we covered everything that was new on the transmission and the labor,” Lefor said.
Jim Hargens, Cenex lube representative; Brian Beck, petroleum division manager at Full Circle Ag, and Lefor presented a check to Doctor Aug. 9.
The highest warranty total paid through the program and Full Circle had been $75,000, Lefor said.
Cenex uses the program as an incentive to keep patrons using its products, he said. The required annual testing is a preventative measure and often indicates if there is a problem, he said.
Lefor stopped farming when he moved from western North Dakota to South Dakota in 1992. He started working at Full Circle Ag 14 years ago, but he’s only been selling the warranties for the last three years.
“I’m kind of old. I should be retiring, but I’ve got the best job. I love visiting with farmers,” Lefor said.
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