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Dealer for Life Programs
So far I have found these to come in various different flavors:
1. One dealership I went too has a life program that will replace tires on your vehicle for the life of the vehicle when they go below a min tread spec. Ofcourse you must have all scheduled services done there. I did not like this one because if you miss one scheduled oil change then its over and it is only tires. That is it, just the tires are covered for life.
2. Another dealership had a life program the offered free oil changes, tire rotation, and car washes (car wash 1 per 30 days) for life. It also covered the motor for as long as I owned the vehicle (including all engine internals, timing chain, camshaft, valve springs, oil pump etc.) at no extra charge. Again, all scheduled maintenance must be done at this dealer. This one seemed pretty appealing to me (wound up purchasing my new Frontier here based on a number of other reasons, but thought the program was decent as well).
3. Another dealership said (I did not see any paperwork), that they would do all scheduled maintenance free for 5 years. (All !!) Thats pretty good too, except I live too far away from them and don't really like the place from my impression.
In any of these cases if you move away its over, you will lose the coverage. Luckily I know I am going to live here for the rest of my life or at least the next 20 years.
I forgot to mention - the one that offers the free oil changes uses Mobile One synthetic. I used this on my 95 Nissan PU and its still running at 320k. I'll bet that the oil and filter are not free, just the change. I hope they are not going to charge $8 a qt or something rediculous. I just am very sceptical about these dealer for life programs. Most people likely just default out of the program at some point or another but the dealer uses it as draw-in to seal deals. The dealership that I am referring to does have a good track record though. They are out in the country far from any major city and have been selling Nissans for 35 years god bless em.
Any experience you have with plans of this nature would be appreciated. Please comment. Thanks.