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Here’s an­other rea­son to own Cars­guide’s Car of the Year

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - NEIL DOWLING neil.dowling@cars­guide.com.au

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.

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