Understanding Your Automotive

How to Get Vehicle Serviced on a Subscription-Based Model

If you want your vehicle to last as long as possible, you need to get it serviced regularly. It can be hard to remember when your vehicle needs servicing, and you may want to consider getting servicing on a subscription type basis. Here are some possibilities to consider.

Vehicle Protection Plans

A vehicle protection plan is similar to getting car service on a subscription plan. Essentially, you find a vehicle protection plan and sign up for their services. Then, if your vehicle breaks down, those expenses are covered through the subscription plan.

If you take this route, make sure to review what is covered. In some cases, breakdowns are covered but routine maintenance is not.

Roadside Assistance

This is similar to a protection plan, but it's focused on roadside assistance. Generally, with this type of subscription, you pay a monthly fee, and if you break down on the side of the road, the company sends out a tow truck. In some cases, they also offer a limited number of free repairs. That may include jumping your battery, changing flat tyres or doing other small repairs.

When buying this type of subscription-style service, double check the distance, and make sure that it works based on where you normally drive your car. Some services offer roadside assistance all over the country, but others only offer roadside assistance a certain number of kilometres from your home.

Online Repair Advice

If you prefer to do your own repairs, you may want to subscribe to a company that offers online repair advice. Just like the other services, you pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Then, you can access a number of different repair manuals—this tends to be cheaper than buying each manual separately. On top of that, you may get access to videos that show you how to do repairs.  

Peer-to-Peer Mechanics

There are also apps similar to Uber where you can use the app to find a qualified mechanic. Just as you summon an Uber or Sheba driver to pick you up, you can use this type of app to find a mechanic. The mechanic comes to your home or office to repair your vehicle. These apps often offer other features such as reminders for when you need routine service.

Digital Calendar

If you don't find a car service subscription that meets your needs, you can create a facsimile of your own. Simply, note when you need routine car service (transmission flush, alignment, oil change, etc) on your digital calendar. Then, set aside a certain amount of money from your paycheque every week, and when your calendar gives you a notification, just bring your car in and use the money you have saved to pay for it all.