Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Florida - Treasure Coast
New Car $2,800 4 Yr Maint or Private Shops?
I just paid for my Boxster yesterday and will take delivery at the Atlanta PEC a week from Wednesday. Of course, the financial guy had to go through all the extra cost warranties etc. that I invariably turn down. However, one caught my attention, the extended maintenance contract, and I would like to find out more about it before I commit to it. Also, they really pissed me off telling me I had to buy it before I take delivery of the car even though it will have no impact until the second required service, probably a year or more from now.
Unlike my BMWs (this is my first Porsche) only the first scheduled maintenance is covered in the price of the car. The dealer offers a $2,800 maintenance agreement that covers four years and four scheduled maintenance activities instead of paying out of pocket for each one. That averages out to $700 per maintenance activity and based on what I experienced over a lot of years I not only pay a lot less at reputable private shops for these services but private shops do not do as sloppy work as dealers tend to do. However, the dealer stated yesterday no matter how good a private shop is they cannot do software upgrades if any are available. This can be more than trivial importance as sometimes (as with my BMWs) they do software updates that more enhance or improve something rather than to just fix a problem. The dealer did state, over the course of 4 years, if I did not buy the service contract, I would pay 30% more for the same services.
So, what have others done with respect to buying a maintenance service contract when you buy the car new and where do you get your scheduled maintenance done (other than the first one covered by Porsche).