Free stal­lion ser­vice

Aus­tralia has to wait for Fer­rari’s main­te­nance plan

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige News - Neil Dowl­ing

THE first global no-cost main­te­nance pro­gram for new cars— once a key sell­ing point for bud­get mo­tor­ing— has come from one of the world’s most ex­clu­sive man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Fer­rari has an­nounced a free, seven-year main­te­nance pro­gram for cus­tomers in Europe. It will be ex­tended to the US later this year but Aus­tralia will have to wait.

Ateco Au­to­mo­tive, the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor of Fer­rari, said the pro­gram is

‘‘ for se­lected Euro­pean mar­kets only at the mo­ment’’.

Spokesman Ed­ward Rowe said: ‘‘ We are look­ing at it with in­ter­est but it is not some­thing that we are able to launch with­out it be­ing part of a fac­tory pro­gram, so we will have to wait and see.’’

The pro­gram cov­ers all 2011 Fer­rari 458 Italia, Cal­i­for­nia or FF mod­els bought from March 15 from au­tho­rised deal­ers.

Fer­rari said the plan was at­tached to each car, mak­ing it trans­fer­able if the ve­hi­cle was sold within its first seven years. It is not af­fected by mileage. Cover in­cludes the cost of labour, orig­i­nal re­place­ment parts, oil and brake fluid.

When the pro­gram goes global, Fer­rari be­lieves it will be the first plan of its kind.

It was de­signed to cover seven an­nual ser­vices.

‘‘ Clients who reach the ser­vice in­ter­vals [ev­ery 20,000km] will be able to have their car ser­viced more than once per year,’’ Fer­rari said.

Global goer: The pro­gram cov­ers the 458, among other mod­els

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