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Acura's Scheduled Maintenance Program for Leases

javigirjavigir Posts: 6
edited June 2016 in Acura
I just got a lease for a 2016 MDX Tech package, 12 k/36 mo. The financial guy recommended and said I insisted that I should sign up for their maintenance program. The price was $481 for the life of the lease and said the maintenance was about $800 (total for the 3 years) if I were to pay each service individually. I signed up but not sure anymore.

My questions are:
1) Is it worth paying $481 up front for these basic maintenance options? lube/oil/filter changes, tires rotations...
2) For maintenance, is it required to take it to Acura or can I take it to a place like sears auto, tires plus, etc???

Thanks a lot!
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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    I'm not sure if that's a good deal or not but I will say that taking a new car that is under warranty to a chain store for maintenance would be a foolish thing to do for a number of reasons. No, you can't have them do those services if you've bought the maintenance program. I'm thinking it's probably a good value since they now know you'll maintain the car according to factory specs instead of cutting corners, skipping oil changes and taking it to a Quickie Lube since it's "only" a leased car that you will more than likely just walk away from at lease end.
  • javigirjavigir Posts: 6
    Thanks for the reply. Does any one know if this is a reasonable amount? It would be for every 6k miles/6mo. Thanks.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited June 2016
    The Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide says four services (every 7,500 miles) would cost $515.16. That would get you through 30,000 miles and you'd be turning the car in before the next service is due at 37,500 miles. I don't know why the dealer is saying every 6,000 miles unless the owner's manual is different from our guide for some reason.

    My sister was talked into one of these a few month back on her Subaru and it sort of penciled out on paper. First mailing she got from the dealer? A coupon for half off her first service. :D

    The other trick is that our guide estimates what maintenance should cost - dealers have a funny way of padding these services (thus your $800 estimate).

    Sounds like an okay deal from here, just watch for upselling when you take it in for services.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 148,817
    You can take your car anywhere for service, but I have to say.. that's a very reasonable price.
    It's also nice to have that regular visit to the dealer, so you can take care of any warranty work, etc.

    As @stever mentions, just say no to anything extra.

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