When shopping around for an extended service contract, or extended warranty, you may come across something known as a pre-paid maintenance plan. But what exactly is a maintenance plan and how does it differ from an extended warranty? These are questions that are asked by many consumers. Here you will find answers to those questions to hopefully make you more knowledgeable about maintenance plans.

What Is a Maintenance Plan?

A maintenance plan is a plan that will pay for your regular maintenance items such as engine oil and filter changes, tire rotations, brake inspections, and more. The amount of services that a maintenance plan will cover depends upon the level you choose. They can range from the basic services like oil and filter change, tire rotation, and fluid level check, all the way to all filter changes, inspections of systems, and car rental. While there is an upfront cost, the initial cost of a maintenance plan can be  less that what you would spend if you paid for the regular services one at a time. Plus, there is the added convenience of not having to budget for maintenance cost. And it can save you time at the service department of standing in line at the cashier's office.

How Does A Maintenance Plan Differ From an Extended Warranty?

An extended warranty will cover the cost of repairs if the repairs needed are due to a manufacturer defect or workmanship. It will not pay for scheduled maintenance items. A maintenance plan will cover the cost of scheduled maintenance but will not cover repair costs of a mechanical failure.

Having a maintenance plan is not only convenient, but it can also help you to maintain the validity of your factory warranty and extended warranty, if applicable, by helping you to keep up with your scheduled maintenance. So, now you know what a maintenance plan is and how it differs from an extended warranty. When you come across the term next time you will know exactly what you are looking at.

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