The trend in Aus at the moment is for car manufacturers to offer free log book servicing for 3 years.
So the cars are getting 15,000 km changes with the oil changed by the factory, for free. This worries me, given the incentive to save money on oil.
I am looking for another car in the next few years. My choices are:
1) Second Hand GM V6: 3 years old. Log book servicing with cheap dino at 15,000 km. Coolant never changed. Average 65,000 KM on odomter.
- Dealer with warranty: $AU 25,000
- Ex-govt (no warranty): $AU 22,000
- Private: $AU 21,000
2) Buy new: $AU 35,000
I am thinking that no matter how much wear is on the second-hand cars with slack maintenance, the savings are still worth it, given the massive depreciation on new cars. After all, if the engine siezed (not likley) and I rebuilt/blueprinted the engine for 35% better performance, I would still be ahead.
[ January 14, 2004, 07:24 PM: Message edited by: Andrew ]