Welcome to the Forum! I see this is your first post.My Dealership is offering prepaid maintenance package for $1295 ( US dollars). is it worth? how much is typical maintenance cost for first 4 years or 48k miles?
It appears that it is through Acura Financial Services, which is as close to corporate as it is going to get.well, audi is worth it because its only $700-800 or so
but ya u should have done more research, as acura corporate never offers prepaid maintenance too
never heard back from OP, wonder how his case turned out....
Andleigh,Although my TLX is my first Acura, I had a 2002 Honda Civic for 12.5 years that I took to Honda dealerships for all 12.5 years all the way to 175k. So I'm familiar with dealership maintenance and repairs for Honda at least.
For what it's worth, I bought (and negotiated) an extended warranty for 7 yrs - 100k for this TLX, being a first year model and highly electronic, but I personally would not buy a prepaid dealer service plan as detailed in original question in this post.
A couple of things to consider:
(1) dealer lock-in -- I actually switched Honda dealers halfway through my Civic's life because of 2 bad visits in a row at the first dealer from which I bought the Civic. In fact, a mechanic actually quit the dealer in the middle of working on my car's oil change + tire rotation, and even after taking 3 hours to do the oil change, they forgot the tire caps and my wheel lock, and the following visit was even worse. Better service at 2nd Honda dealer over the past 6 years led me to buy my TLX from its sister Acura dealer last year.
(2) loss of freedom to choose outside parts -- e.g., I like to put "other than OEM" tires (and rims in the case of my Civic) from places like Tire Rack and various other parts/places, whereas a dealer will only use dealer parts. I put in a Sears Diehard cold-start battery in my Civic that was 50% better CCA (cold cranking amps) than the Honda battery, which is critical when the car sits in temperatures of -30 to -20 deg in snow/ice for 5 days in ski country. some people are picky on wipers or headlight bulbs too.
(3) sale or loss of car -- even if it is transferable, is it worth the effort to do the transfer? After all, your buyer won't value the prepaid service the way you do, especially since they'll be asking all the same questions and may have no intention of using a dealer for service
(4) some maintenance I could do myself -- light bulbs, some filters, wiper blades, etc. so why prepay for something I plan to do myself?
(5) dubious and possibly small amount of money saved, and difficulty in aligning the dealer maintenance schedule to the one in the Honda manual. What happens if dealer changes the maintenance schedule -- e.g., Civics had a extreme conditions vs. normal conditions maintenance schedule, and different people recommended one or the other based on whom you spoke with. Both Honda dealers had different maintenance schedules, and both differed from the Honda manual. I just followed the Civic manual, and had no issues up to 175k. My friend has the Civic now, and no issues up to 185k. Also, dealer per hour rates change up or down with the times/economy & competition, and depending on the service, sometimes the dealer was cheaper than outside sources. Without a service plan, you keep your freedom to shop around and negotiate
(6) dealer coupons -- I saved a *lot* on my Civic with dealer coupons for key maintenance items, and they offered even more discounts after my Civic passed 100k just to keep the business.... and the proud bragging rights saying 175k in front of other customers when the dealer asked for the odometer reading on my car when I brought it in.
For these reasons, I personally would not buy the prepaid service, but you'll need to figure out whether any of this applies to you, and how much value you'll get out of the prepaid plan vs. paying out of pocket.