When you buy a new car, crossover, SUV, or truck, your vehicle may or may not come with included maintenance for some period of time. The best plans offer maintenance at no added cost for up to 5 years! Whether you drive a conventional car or an EV, this can save you hundreds of dollars in ownership costs. Here is a top-down list of the brands that include maintenance for a period of time in their new car purchase prices.
Special Mention - Jaguar
We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that Jaguar leads the automotive industry in including maintenance. Part of what Jaguar calls EliteCare, the plan includes a Passport to Service for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. No other plan we could find offers anything better.
Here is a list showing the basic elements of the included maintenance to expect by Brand:
Which Notable Automakers Do Not Include Maintenance?
Some vehicle brands do not include routine maintenance. For example, Tesla does not, but does list required maintenance for its popular models. There are no oil changes required, of course, but Tesla vehicles have recommended tire service intervals of as few as 6,250 miles and brake service requirements of as little as 12,500 miles. Kia, although a sibling company to Hyundai, does not include maintenance. Many premium brands such as Infiniti and Acura do not.
If you are shopping for a new or used vehicle, be sure to ask your dealer about included maintenance and confirm that our information is up to date.
Tesla service center image by John Goreham. Hyundai service area image by John Goreham
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin
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