Car Brands That Still Offer Free Maintenance

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Automotive Content Editor

Meghan Carbary has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. A published journalist in three states, Meghan honed her skills as a feature writer and sports editor. She has now expanded her skill-set into the automotive industry as a content writer for Auto Credit Express, where she contributes to several automotive and auto finance blogs.


, Automotive Content Editor - December 3, 2021

Though many automakers offer some sort of maintenance plan to accompany their warranties, not all of them are free; the specifics vary widely among manufacturers. Our favorite plans are included for the first few years, or until you hit a certain amount of miles, whichever comes first. With the rising costs of new cars these days, brands that still offer free maintenance offer shoppers a nice perk.

But this is just one format when it comes to complimentary maintenance plans for new car purchases. Brands like Ford and Lincoln take a rewards points approach, which is tied to a smartphone app and a dedicated account when you purchase a new vehicle, while other domestic automakers offer the first one to three service intervals for free.

Here are some brands that offer the best free maintenance programs:

  • BMW and Mini. This plan includes regularly scheduled maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles on new vehicles for the original owner.
  • Hyundai and Genesis. Hyundai only introduced its plan in early 2020. New vehicles owners get the first three years or 36,000 miles of regularly scheduled maintenance included.
  • Toyota. All models come with scheduled maintenance included for two years or 25,000 miles.
  • Volkswagen. VW gives owners of new models service for the first two years, but only includes 20,000 miles of driving allowance.
  • Jaguar. The British luxury automaker takes the cake when it comes to free service, offering five years or 60,000 miles to new owners.

So, is free maintenance a worthwhile perk? Getting the most services that work for you for no cost is always good. But alone, included service may not be enough to recommend a higher-priced vehicle when regular service can be affordable.

However, if the cost of your regularly scheduled maintenance is expensive, getting a few years of free oil changes may be enough to sway you. And, if free maintenance isn't included, several automakers offer prepaid maintenance services that could provide you with what you need.

While free regularly scheduled maintenance is a good perk to have, it's falling out of practice from some automakers and being added by others. In this day and age, though, any perk you can get for the high price of a new car adds value to your purchase.

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Pictured: 2022 BMW 4-Series (Top), 2021 Jaguar E-Pace (Middle)

, Automotive Content Editor

Meghan Carbary has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years. A published journalist in three states, Meghan honed her skills as a feature writer and sports editor. She has now expanded her skill-set into the automotive industry as a content writer for Auto Credit Express, where she contributes to several automotive and auto finance blogs.


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