I bought Applecare for 3 of the 4 Mac notebooks I've bought for myself or my wife since 2006. And through Applecare, I've enjoyed free repairs (parts and service) for all 3 after the 1-year standard warranty. The one notebook I didn't get Applecare for was my 2010 13" MBP because, when it was barely 3 days old, soap bubbles streaked down its screen and seeped inside into the motherboard. My then 5-year old was blowing bubbles inside the bedroom while I was away, and when I got home, I only noticed something was wrong when I couldn't get a wifi signal and I then noticed the oily streak on the screen. I had it repaired at Digital Walker at my expense, since the cause of the problem wasn't covered by warranty. I was also told that the motherboard showed signs of some corrosion due to the bubbles, which meant that at any time, it could just stop working. I decided it wasn't worth getting Applecare for this MBP since any problem that could be attributed, directly or indirectly, to that soap bubble issue won't be covered anyway. It's been 5 years and since then I haven't had the need to have this MBP serviced again. Go figure.