Here’s another reason to own Carsguide’s Car of the Year
Another reason to own Carsguide’s Car of the Year: The maker launched a five-year cappedprice service deal
THE cheapest car brand to own is Kia. This week the company launched the industry’s first five-year capped-price service program.
It means buyers can save up to $400 a year, compared with new cars without a capped service scheme.
New Kia buyers will know exactly how much their vehicle will cost to service for five years. The program is in addition to Kia’s five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and there is also access to a new five-year roadside assist scheme. The capped-price deal, called Kia Connect, applies to all new Kias and to most models still under warranty.
The cost to service a Kia Rio 1.4 has been set at $1566 for five years or 75,000km, or about $350 cheaper than servicing a Mazda2 for three years.
A diesel Sportage will cost $2160 to service over five years.
Kia’s move follows Hyundai last week launching its iCare capped service program over three years.
Hyundai iCare includes servicing, updated maps from Navteq for three years, roadside assistance for 12 months for cars serviced under the program (for vehicles up to seven-years-old) and Hyundai’s quick, under onehour service plan.
The schemes by the heavyhitting Koreans add to similar deals in place by Holden, Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan and Subaru. Industry experts say the benefit is not only to motorists— car makers expect sales increases while dealers will get more work through their service centres to maintain staff numbers.
VACC spokesman Murray Collins says the benefit to the motorist is peace of mind, while the disadvantage is that servicing and repairs are tied to the dealer network.
Kia’s program is the only one in Australia to combine capped-price servicing with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and annual service intervals. Manufacturers steer away from extending any capped program beyond three years because the major service is generally at four years.
Kia Connect clearly defines annual service charges for all models by engine type and year of service.
For a full list of the costs to service Kia models, view www.kia.com.au.