I agree but dont think this model is sustainable in even the medium run. This is why vehicle ownership will be radically different by 2025 than it is now. This is why I bought my first extended warranty ever...... Soon though we will be driving electric cars, ride sharing, even more leasing with all maintenance included etc. The good news is that electric vehicles have far fewer moving parts and no fluids other than brake fluid.I hate the vehicle owning experience more and more everyday.
Vehicles are more expensive to acquire. “New technology” breaks more often and is more expensive to fix. More parts of the vehicle are integrated together so you have to buy OEM or have special tools/software to fix something / no aftermarket option availability —> higher costs. Basic maintenance prices are through the roof.
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Is that an actual oil change price or is it for the "Volvo of Blah Blah Blah Recommended Maintenance Service?"
They shouldn’t be charging for software updates.My dealer charges 90 bucks for an oil change. But if you go for annual maintenance it's about 200 bucks and I think it's probably due to software upgrade, which is reasonable for additional 110 bucks. If you do it yourself you need to buy the cable, buy 3 day subscription (at this point you are already over 110 bucks), and risk bricking your car.
The free software updates are supposed to be for factory scheduled maintenance services, not oil changes.
As for the discrepency on the 40k prices, I looked at a few other dealers (both near mine and randomly around the country) and there is quite a variance. Almost all are priced higher than if you just had them perform just the replacements and skipped the various "inspections".
Doesn't that make you sick to your stomach? "That" meaning the stupidity of the your closest stealership's business practice/service department. They could've made $325, but they made none.I asked the closest dealership (which I usually go to) to match the $325 of the other dealership - they said they called the $325 dealership and they told them $390 over the phone, so they'd agree to match that. I ended up just scheduling with the $325 dealership and they charged me exactly $325. Just goes to show that this whole thing is a game with pricing so non-transparent that none of them really know what they're charging for or why.
That doesn’t seem to support the “service by Volvo” promise?That would be great to go a la cart, but when I tried that the dealer would not agree to perform the software updates. Had to get the 40k service. Ugh.
If 7-8 liters of oil at $12/liter plus oil filter at $30 plus better part of an hour for labor at $125-150/hr then $199 is about right. Way less expensive than DFC Porsche or BMW Toronto.