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What is a Maintenance Package?

What is a Maintenance Package?

When you lease a car, you will be asked if you would like to take out a maintenance package. Here is the Rivervale Car Leasing Guide to maintenance packages to help you decide if it is something you will need …

What is a maintenance package?

If you are entering into a car leasing contract, you will need to maintain your vehicle in line with manufacturers guidelines. This will include regular servicing, replacement of wear and tear items and possibly an MOT depending on the length of your contract. There are two ways you can choose to maintain your vehicle.

  1. Firstly, you could find an approved garage and pay for maintenance yourself separately from your monthly rentals. This is known as a customer maintained agreement. Under these circumstances please ensure that any replacement parts used are manufacturer approved to ensure your warranty remains intact.
  2. Secondly, you could choose to take out a maintenance package as part of your leasing contract. This option is known as a funder maintained agreement. The cost of maintenance is spread out over the period of your lease and added to the monthly rentals. This means you are paying one total per month for your lease and maintenance. Many drivers find this is an easier way to budget the cost of their car maintenance.

What does a maintenance package cover?

A maintenance package covers routine servicing and maintenance as recommended by the manufacturer. When you lease a vehicle with Rivervale, the leasing company could be one of several it will depend on who has the best deal for you at that time.

Read more: Who Is Eligible to Lease a Car?

Each leasing company will have their own specific terms that apply to maintenance packages but as a general rule each will include the following;

Items generally included in a maintenance agreement;

  • Routine services as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replacement tyres including punctures.
  • Replacement of wear and tear items including; wipers, bulbs, batteries, exhausts, and brakes.
  • Breakdown cover including home start and roadside assistance.
  • MOT test if required.

Items not included in a maintenance agreement;

  • Windscreen repair, although most insurers include this, so it is wise to check your policy.
  • Damage of any kind due to misuse or an accident.
  • Insurance costs.
  • Damage due to misfuelling.
  • AdBlue fuel additive.

Will a maintenance package save me money?

The benefit of a maintenance package is it covers all routine servicing, maintenance and wear and tear with a fixed monthly rental. This spreads out motoring costs into manageable chunks, so there is never a large bill to contend with. The cost of a maintenance package will vary due to the type of vehicle, length of lease and the mileage covered.

To work out if a maintenance package makes financial sense for you, we suggest working out the overall cost of your maintenance package, then comparing it to the price of servicing and replacement items such as tyres, bulbs, and wipers on your chosen car over the duration of your lease.

Read more: Frequently Asked Car Leasing Questions Answered!

Below are worked examples of the cost of a customer maintaining a vehicle v the cost of a maintenance package for a few popular vehicles which may prove useful for anyone considering a maintenance agreement ...

Customer Maintained v Funder Maintained

Range Rover Evoque D 2.0 td4 180 SE

Contract length: 36 months

Maintenance likely to be required; 3 x services, tyres, brake pads, oil and pollen filter, wipers.

Customer maintained cost : £1490

Maintenance package cost : £976

Information supplied by one of our approved funding partners

Volkswagen Golf D 1.6 tdi 115 SE

Contract length: 36 months

Maintenance likely to be required; 3 x services, tyres, brake pads, oil and pollen filter, wipers.

Customer maintained cost : £1640

Maintenance package cost : £1314

We will always have full terms and conditions for your specific maintenance package available for you on request.

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