ACT government inspectors will be checking on extended warranties being offered to Canberra consumers as part of a national crackdown.
Questions have been raised about the value of extended warranties and whether they offer any more protection than current Australian legislation.
People who purchase electrical equipment or whitegoods are often offered an extended warranty for an additional fee.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell says in most cases buyers are already protected by consumer guarantees or statutory warranties under Australian consumer law.
"Office of Regulatory Services inspectors will be surveying extended warranties in the market place and assessing whether they measure up to the law and any claims made by retailers," Mr Corbell said.
"This is particularly important after the busy retail period of Christmas and the post-Christmas sales where people make larger purchases and are offered an extended warranty on a new product."