Fiat and Alfa Romeo have announced new Service Plan schemes that allow owners to pay for servicing costs in monthly instalments, rather than fork out a lump sum when the work is required.
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Designed to ease the burden on customers, the instalment plans are interest free and set up for a fixed term. They are also designed to be flexible so they take into account how many miles a car will cover each year.
The schemes are an alternative to the servicing bundles offered by other carmakers, such as BMW.
Tailored to customer requirements
The costs are worked out not only on the basis of how many services are required, but also the anticipated annual mileage of the vehicle. Fiat gives the example of a Fiat 500 1.2, which at current prices would cost less than £13 a month for a three-year 27,000-mile plan.
Alfa Romeo’s example is a MiTo diesel with air conditioning, which would currently cost less than £15 a month for a three-year 31,500-mile plan.
Owners of older vehicles and those with low mileage requirements can take advantage of special Value Service Plans.
All the servicing work is carried out by Fiat or Alfa Romeo trained technicians, using genuine parts. Those taking advantage of the schemes are also promised a courtesy car or local collection/delivery service, plus a free wash, vacuum, and a 10% discount on branded accessories.
Rob Carver, parts and services director for the Fiat Group in the UK commented: ‘This is an excellent way to look after your Alfa or Fiat the way you want it looked after, without having to find the full cost of the service each time you book it in.’
Good news for owners?
Anything that helps buyers maintain their cars well is good. And it’s worth remembering that having a full, main dealer service history is also likely to improve a car’s second-hand resale value.
The only concern for owners is the poor record of Fiat and Alfa Romeo for servicing and reliability in the annual Which? Car survey.
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