More than 44,000 Service Care plans were taken out by Mercedes-Benz and smart car owners in 2011, highlighting that in spite of tough economic conditions in the UK, drivers still recognise the importance of keeping their vehicles well maintained.
Mercedes-Benz and smart Service Care is a budgeting plan to cover the costs of two, three or four consecutive services, and covers labour, parts and fluids cost for the manufacturer recommended service content.
Out of the 44,125 Service Care plans taken out last year, more than half (53%) were covering two consecutive services, with cover for the popular C-Class accounting for over 14,000 sales. Almost 30% of Service Care plans were taken out with a new car purchase, with the remainder of plans for used cars or cars already in service.
James Ostridge, Service Contracts Manager at Mercedes-Benz UK, said: “We have worked hard to develop Service Care plans that provide real value for money for owners, with the fixed monthly payment meaning they have real control over their servicing costs. To have over 44,000 customers take out a plan last year is a fantastic testament to their benefit.”
“Our Service Care plan pricing is simple to understand with a new and used monthly price for each model range, with no variation by body type or engine size, so a three year service plan paid monthly over three years would be the same for a new E200CDI Saloon or a new E350 Coupe.”
The range of Service Care plans was extended in 2011 to include new AMG vehicles, meaning that all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and smart cars are available for cover. smart car plans start from £19.99 per month and A-Class plans start from £23.00 per month.