The Importance of Understanding the Different Services
Understanding the Different Services – If you have just bought that car that you have been eyeing for some time now, I recommend understanding the different services that are available to you.
You are happy with the monthly instalments and your insurance has been approved. But are you aware of the manufacturer Warranty, Maintenance Plan and Service Plan?
Most cars are sold with a standard maintenance or service plan. The price of these plans is usually included in the purchase price of the vehicle. You will benefit from the above plans when your vehicle is being serviced and maintained.
What is the difference between a warranty plan, a service plan, and a maintenance plan?
New vehicles carry some sort of warranty but depending on the brand they can differ. However, warranties are all restricted in terms of time and mileage. Your car’s warranty is mainly a promise by the manufacturer that the faults in manufacturing or factory defects will be repaired, or replaced, within a specific period. Items that are covered by the warranty include engine, gearbox, electric components, fuel systems, audio systems and sensors. It is important to note that a warranty does not cover all items. The items not covered are tyres and brake pads, and any damage resulting from negligence will not be covered. Damages caused by reckless driving or indecent use could void a warranty. Make sure you familiarise yourself with exactly what is covered under the warranty and for how long.
A service plan covers all the costs involved in having your car serviced as per the stipulations of the manufacturer. This will generally include the labour and replacement cost of air, pollen, oil filters, cam belt, brake fluid, oil, and gearbox oil as well as spark plugs. These services will have to be carried out by an authorised service centre or dealer network to guarantee that the terms of the service plan are met.
A maintenance plan is an upgrade on a service plan. It comes with more benefits than a service plan which include wear-and-tear on the vehicle such as the gearbox, clutch, suspension, brake pads, discs, wiper blades, shock absorbers, globes and fuses, wheel bearings, replacement gas for the air-conditioning system etc. The maintenance plan simply covers the cost of your regular service (including labour) as well as the cost of repairs to parts caused by wear and tear.
Come into CMH Nissan Hillcrest and let us assist you in finding the best plan for your vehicle.
Contact us on 031 763 3121 or visit www.nissanhillcrest.co.za