The Pre-Paid Maintenance Plan, To Get It, Or Not To Get It?


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    The Pre-Paid Maintenance Plan, To Get It, Or Not To Get It?

    I know there has been a thread on here regarding whether or not you should get an extended warranty on your car and how the extended warranties rarely work out in the benefit of the consumer. However, what about pre-paid maintenance plans? I'm sure they are the same thing, where the dealer is the one who ends up making out, but in order to convince myself, I would like to hear it from you all. I am due for my car's first oil change and I am unsure on whether or not I should do that or see what the dealership is offering in terms of a pre-paid maintenance plan.

    For those who may have purchased a maintenance plan, I was curious through whom you got it (the dealer or manufacturer) and how much you paid (so I can find out whether or not I'm getting ripped off or not)? Thanks everyone!

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    I have one. I never would have bought it but my dealer threw it in. I will go ahead and use it because it was free and they wash the exterior on each visit. I try to stay away from dealerships as a rule and usually do my own scheduled maintenance. I am right at 7,500 miles so I will go in for 2nd scheduled oil change next week.

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    Don't give the dealer any extra money, especially since it has little benefit and is nearly all profit for them.

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    I normally say don't do it, but being a first year car there will be issues. Personally I felt much more comfortable just getting the 6 year 72,000 mile bumper to bumper or basic warranty.

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    I agree with itwillboost. Typically i don't do it (warranty) but being a first year car, I went with a 7/70. For $900 or so, it was peace of mind. Worth it? Hopefully it'll have been a waste of $900.

    As for maintenance... it's all personal. I'd never pay for it because with synthetic oil you should only be going in for (at most) $100/year for the first couple, and anyone can rotate tires, especially if you have access to lifts, it takes me 10 minutes at base (Military - auto skills center). If you're my wife, it might be worth your time and money if you really don't want to deal with anything yourself... because giving them the money and making yourself do the maintenance is better than blowing it off. But, if you bought a BRZ, I doubt you're someone who doesn't care about your car.

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    Extended warranty is another issue all together. OP was talking about a scheduled maintenance plan.

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    dont do it.
    why pay for something u havent received?
    do u get like a huge discount if u do or whats the gravy in this deal?
    It's a driver's car.

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    warranty is a good idea if you can afford it. I don't believe in the scheduled maintenance plan. I have my own reliable mechanic that I go to for work and anything I can do myself I do it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galaxy Blue BRZ View Post
    I agree with itwillboost. Typically i don't do it (warranty) but being a first year car, I went with a 7/70. For $900 or so, it was peace of mind. Worth it? Hopefully it'll have been a waste of $900.
    People always curse extended warranties as a waste of money, but peace of mind is exactly what I pay for.

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    Better to set aside $25 or $30 a month into a savings account to use for repairs somewhere down the road than pay for an extended warranty.

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