Free stallion service
Australia has to wait for Ferrari’s maintenance plan
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