A car will cost you an arm and a leg to buy, more so, to own. Filling it up with gas, oil, and other consumables will burn a hole through your wallet if you don’t consider the costs after the sale. With the astronomical costs surrounding vehicle ownership, car manufacturers are trying to sweeten the deal by including a few very helpful freebies included with your purchase.
We’re not talking about umbrellas or keychains – we’re talking about more major things that can impact your car ownership experience in a good way. Here are some of the offerings that are constant with the brand, and not just a dealer initiative.
Hyundai is serious about its cars and its customers’ satisfaction. With a total of 5 years under its warranty period, that alone should be enough to make a customer feel secure with his purchase, but couple that with unlimited mileage for the warranty, and that’s just going above and beyond.
There is also a customer care hotline that can field any and every concern that you may have about your Hyundai vehicle. The Customer Assistance and Response Center, or CARES, can answer questions pertaining to dealership operations such as sales, service, parts, and customer care.
The American brand offers customers a 5-year or 100,000 km warranty. The warranty is called Chevrolet Complete Care, and it is par for the course with regard to extended warranties. For Trailblazer and Colorado purchases, however, you get a 3-year warranty with a 2-year extension for the power train with a mileage of 100,000 km.
YOJIN3 is Mazda’s offering for all vehicles in the lineup. You get 3 years (or 60,000 km) worth of free preventative maintenance service (PMS) that includes parts, oil, and labor. Nicely enough, the warranty period also lasts the same distance and time. For first time buyers, YOJIN3 takes a lot of the guesswork out of maintenance quotes, and it takes the stress out of your PMS because you won’t have to fork over a sizeable chunk of change for your car to get released from the casa.
Another brand looking to reintroduce itself, Chery Motor is looking to make its customers happy by providing a 5-year warranty with 150,000 km worth of mileage, whichever comes first. It’s rather bold of Chery to offer such a long-lasting warranty, but it’s great to have. What's more, is that Chery Motor is giving consumers peace of mind when it comes to the brand's engines. All cars are backed by a 10-year or 1,000,000 kilometer engine warranty on top of everything that was just mentioned.
For all models from this Korean brand, you get free PMS for the first 60,000 km or for the first 3 years, whichever comes first. You also get a 5-year warranty, which allows for more peace of mind and support throughout the SsangYong vehicle’s life – peace of mind during the first few service intervals, and peace of mind 2 years after that.
For a relatively new brand in the Philippines, MG Motor has something to prove, and with belief in its cars, it offers a 5-year or 100,000 km warranty for all its vehicles. With two years over the industry standard, MG promises its consumers with peace of mind and aftersales support for the long-haul.
For paid services, MG offers consumers the option to go with the MG Caravan for their next service. The mobile garage offers home service maintenance and repairs for any MG vehicle, so owners will not have to leave the comforts of their own home during their PMS interval.
You may only get 3-years of warranty from Nissan, but 100,000 km is no joke. Nissan offers this for all their cars and is perfect for those who always find themselves going long distances in a short amount of time. Nissan’s got you covered about 33,333 km per year in this scenario.
Nissan’s Service on Wheels, which brings the casa to you, allows for the mechanic to go to you for your next service. The van they use is also equipped to do repairs and conduct road-side assistance depending on the consumer’s needs. You may also avail of a guaranteed 30-minute PMS with proper scheduling, provided your Nissan is not a Patrol or a GT-R.
Volkswagen is on the dot with its warranty of 3 years or 100,000 km. The brand is also including a 1-year free 24/7 roadside assistance package for free with your VW vehicle. Also included in the package are warranties for paint and the steel chassis of the vehicle that also lasts up to 3 years.
For new Kia vehicles, the brand believes that its products will go the distance, hence, they are backing up their claims with a 5-year, 160,000 km warranty, whichever comes first. It is as of the brand is pushing consumers further and further with its cars. On average, a car will cover around 20,000 kilometers per year, and that warranty is well over the limit.
The French brand offers a 3+2 year warranty coverage for all of its cars. With the industry-standard set at 3 years, the company sweetened the deal and added two more on top of the standard. On top of this offer, a free RFID tag comes with the cars that allow for seamless entry and exit on the Philippine highway system provided the account is loaded up.
To add to the already sweet deal, Peugeot’s emergency hotline service is open 24/7, which goes in tandem with a 24-hour service center that is ready to accommodate PMS or any repair that you may need.
Going upmarket, we have BMW. Yes the German automaker in the Philippines offers a very enticing 5-year, 200,000 km warranty. Quite substantial, just like their cars. Not only do you leave the dealership satisfied that you got one of the most refined rides out there, but you also get peace of mind for a small fee.
To add to the warranty, BMW is also throwing in Concerige Services, Towing, Roadside assistance, and the works in the package. There's no special name attached, it's just called a BMW Warranty.