As everyone should know by now, owning a vehicle doesn’t end with buying the car and driving out of the dealership with a shiny new ride. Car ownership entails maintenance costs, which reflects in its scheduled service maintenance.
Ford Philippines aims to lessen those out-of-pocket expenses during scheduled service maintenance of their vehicles, or at least for the big three: EcoSport, Ranger, and Everest, model year 2012 and up.
To recall, the blue oval brand has expressed its intention to decrease its vehicles’ cost of ownership last month when it revealed its plans for 2018. Now that Ford is working on it, it’s refreshing to see a brand that stands by its word, really.
In a presentation by the company, Ford Philippines Managing Director Bertrand Lessard pointed out that keeping a competitive cost of ownership is just as important as launching a brand new model locally.
With that, Ford Philippines will lower the scheduled service maintenance costs by 17% (on the average) for its big three, starting April 2018. This reduction covers both labor and parts, which include fully-synthetic engine oil (backward compatible), oil filter, engine air filter, pollen filter, fuel filter, brake fluid, spark plugs, and gasket drain plug.
By the company’s computation, the 5-year cost of ownership of the Ranger pickup truck will drop by 15% (from around P140,000 to P120,000), while its midsize SUV counterpart Everest will have an 18% decrease (from around P150,000 to P125,000). The EcoSport subcompact crossover will also get the same decrement in maintenance costs, amounting to 20% (from around P65,000 to P50,000).
Aside from that, the new pricing will be standard across all Ford dealerships nationwide and can be accessed through the company’s official website and each dealers’ respective websites. Scheduled service maintenance visits are still every six months or every 10,000 km, whichever comes first.
Of note, Ford Philippines also mentioned that the other vehicles in its lineup such as the Fiesta, Focus, Mustang, Escape, Explorer, and Expedition will definitely get a scheduled service maintenance cost reduction in the future.
Scheduled Service Plan (SSP)
Another part of the company’s presentation is the reintroduction of Scheduled Service Plan (SSP). SSP is a prepaid scheduled service maintenance plan that covers for the parts and labor costs of your Ford vehicle for up to five years. It’s like Ford’s version of educational plan for cars.
SSP aims to protect a Ford vehicle owner from price increase of parts due to various factors like exchange rates. With the Philippine Peso depreciating over time (knock on wood), this is a great way to shield yourself from inflation — at least as a Ford car owner.
Aside from that, you’ll save up to 15% on maintenance costs with SSP, on top of the mentioned 17% savings from the decreased scheduled service maintenance cost starting April.
Take note, though, that you can only avail SSP during the purchase of your vehicle up to its first maintenance schedule (6 months or 10,000 km). It’s also transferrable, so if ever you decide to sell your Ford vehicle, the new owner will be able to avail the plan you bought with it, which means a higher resale value for your car.
To give you an idea, here is SSP’s pricing table for the Ranger, EcoSport, and Everest for 2-, 3-, and 5-year plans:
Other Ford vehicles can also be availed with SSP. The prices are as follows:
As of the moment, SSP can be availed through cash purchases only, but Ford Philippines said that it is working with banks to include SSP on the car’s financing deal.
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