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The Value of Free Maintenance on New Cars

Most maintenance for nonluxury brands are more than steak. New cars need much upkeep.

Motors’ announcement last that it would offer two of free maintenance for its 2014 expanded the field of brands add regular maintenance to the factory The word free carries marketing clout. But if you’re models from different how much should a free program factor into decision?

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Mainstream makes. The promise of serv­ice on a Toyota, Volkswagen or might tempt you away a Honda or Ford, which offer maintenance programs. But a or bigger discount on a competing that doesn’t offer service might more make up for your maintenance And those savings may not add up to much For example, Toyota offers maintenance on its vehicles (including models but not Lexus) for two years or miles, whichever comes For the Toyota Camry, the service recommends an oil change every miles, tire rotations 5,000 miles and a multiple-point at each service interval. 25,000 miles, covered would cost just $300, according to Vincentric, an firm.

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The other programs nonluxury carmakers have terms. GM’s will 2014 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC for two years or 24,000 miles. started offering free for three years or 36,000 on 2009 models, but soon GM announced its program, Volkswagen cut its maintenance for 2014 models to two or 24,000 miles.

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Luxury brands. The value shifts for luxury buyers. costs add up fast—oil changes can run the programs tend to be more and cover more miles. more benefit for a luxury says Alec Gutierrez, analyst for Kelley Blue If you’re cross-shopping, say, an or Mercedes-Benz without free with a BMW that has free he says, “BMW’s plan definitely sway you.”

four-year or 50,000-mile maintenance includes not only service but also replacement of wear-and-tear such as wiper blades and pads and discs (likely around year three or Over 50,000 miles, on a 5-series sedan adds up to according to Vincentric. BMW’s brand, Mini, offers the coverage on its cars for three or 36,000 miles. Hyundai has coverage on its top-of-the-line Equus for years or 60,000 miles. with the best programs, on your own if you need new tires.


Among other luxury Cadillac covers basic (no wear-and-tear items) for four or 50,000 miles. Current models have the same but Lincoln will cut the offer to two or 24,000 miles for its 2014 Volvo covers three or 36,000 miles, and Jaguar only the XK, for four years or miles.

The best way to shop for new-car is to compare long-term ownership You can find Vincentric’s five-year estimates for hundreds of models at The value of free programs be reflected in the overall maintenance

Ask Jessica a question at janderson@kiplinger.com. or her on Facebook or Twitter at jandersondrives.

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