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Explained: Warranty vs Service Plan vs Maintenance Plan

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While it would be wonderful if your car remained in pristine showroom condition forever, that’s not a reality. Life happens. Things stop working. So, as a car owner, it is important to understand the differences between a warranty, service plan, and maintenance plan to ensure that you have the right coverage for your vehicle. It’s a contingency plan for when wear and tear occurs, or something breaks down and repairs are needed. And it’s a plan that will help make sure you’re never out of pocket.

In this article, we will explore these concepts and explain the benefits and limitations of each option. Subaru, a brand known for its commitment to safety and technology, provides car owners with a variety of warranty and service plan options. Let’s take a closer look at the offers available.

Understanding Subaru Warranty

A car warranty is a type of guarantee that a manufacturer or dealer provides to a vehicle owner, covering certain repairs or replacements of the vehicle’s parts or systems. Subaru’s warranty covers the cost of repairs or replacement parts for a specific period or mileage, whichever comes first. New Subarus are warranted against any defect in material or workmanship for a period of five years or 150 000km.

Subaru Extended Warranty

An extended warranty is a type of warranty that provides additional coverage for a vehicle beyond the original factory warranty. This means that once your original warranty has come to an end, you can choose to extend it. Subaru’s extended warranty offers additional protection after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. If you are a current Subaru owner with a time-ticking warranty, contact your Subaru Dealer and find out all you need to know about a possible extended warranty.

Difference Between Service Plan vs Warranty

Knowledge is power, and knowing the difference between the two can help you save time and money. A warranty is a type of guarantee that covers certain repairs or replacements of the vehicle’s parts or systems due to defects in materials or workmanship. It’s generally included in the purchase of a new car and lasts for a specific amount of time or kilometres driven.

A service plan, on the other hand, is a type of coverage that provides routine maintenance services for your vehicles, such as oil changes, fluid replacements, and brake inspections. These types of plans are designed to help keep your vehicle running smoothly by covering the cost of regular maintenance tasks, such as oil changes and tire rotations.

Difference Between Maintenance Plan vs Warranty

Now that we’ve covered the differences between a service plan and a warranty, it’s time to differentiate the difference between a maintenance plan and a warranty. Put simply, a warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship, and a maintenance plan covers the cost of routine maintenance tasks.

A service plan, however, typically covers regular maintenance tasks, while a maintenance plan can cover both routine maintenance and more significant repairs and replacements. However, the terms “service plan” and “maintenance plan” are sometimes used interchangeably. If you’re still not feeling confident in what your Subaru needs, contact your local Subaru dealership, and they will be able to help guide you on what your car needs.

Choosing the Right Option for Your Vehicle

Selecting the right type of car coverage can be a daunting task, but we’ve gathered up some tips to help you make a confident, more informed decision:

  1. Identify your needs: Start by identifying your needs and the level of coverage you require. If you’re purchasing a new car, you may want to consider a warranty that covers all major components of the vehicle. If you’re buying a used car, you may want to opt for an extended warranty or a maintenance plan to cover the costs of potential repairs.
  2. Research your options: Research different coverage options available from various manufacturers and dealerships. Compare the coverage levels, costs, and terms and conditions of each plan, so that when you do have to make a choice, you will feel confident making it. 
  3. Check the reputation: Check the reputation of the provider you are considering. Look for online reviews, ask friends or family for recommendations.
  4. Read the fine print: Make sure you read the terms and conditions of the plan carefully. Understand what is covered and what is not covered under the plan.
  5. What’s your budget: Make sure you can afford the cost of the cover, and compare the costs of different plans to find the best value.
  6. Negotiate: Don’t be afraid to negotiate the terms of the coverage. Dealerships and providers may be willing to adjust the price or terms to meet your needs.
  7. Finally – ask questions: If you have any questions about the coverage or terms, ask the provider for clarification before signing any agreements.

Understanding the differences between a warranty, service plan, and maintenance plan is important for any car owner. Subaru offers a variety of options for its customers, and it is important to choose the right coverage for your needs. For more information or assistance, contact us on 011 608 0116 or send an email to info@subaru.co.za

FAQs onWarranty vs Service Plan vs Maintenance Plan:

How do I know if my car is still under warranty?

You can check your vehicle’s warranty status by referring to the owner’s manual or contacting the dealership where you purchased the vehicle.

Can I purchase a service plan or maintenance plan after my car’s warranty has expired?

Yes, you can purchase a service plan or maintenance plan at any time. However, the cost may be higher if the vehicle has high mileage or requires additional maintenance.

What happens if I need repairs that are not covered by my warranty or service plan?

You will be responsible for the cost of repairs that are not covered under your warranty or service plan. It is important to read the terms and conditions of your coverage carefully.

How do I claim a Subaru warranty or service plan?

You can make a claim under your Subaru warranty or service plan by contacting your dealership or Subaru South Africa’s customer service department.



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