Maintenance Service Plan - Pros and Cons

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  1. Andy Yerkes

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    Getting a new Ranger sometime next week. As I close the deal (ordered and its on the way), I'm interested in finding out if buying the Maintenance Service Plan is worthwhile. If you bought it - why? If you didn't buy it - why not?
     
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    We kind of discussed it here: Is a DIY (Do It Yourself) oil/filter change worth it ?

    In a high cost of living area, pre-paying for your maintenance is cheaper than paying out of pocket. I like the idea of pre-paying ahead of time, and plan to buy a maintenance plan soon.
     
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    I used Ford points to pre-purchase the maintenance plan when I bought the truck. One less thing to worry about.
     
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    Reading the other thread. It looks like the biggest concern is quality. For guys who have turned wrenches on their own vehicles more than once, getting an MSP doesn't make a lot of sense. If there are not many competitive dealerships around your area (SF) then getting an MSP makes more sense.
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    Looking at the maintenance schedule though, it looks to be very very basic. Just typical consumables for tens of thousands of miles.

    If you have any sort of wrenching experience and able to DIY changing the consumables, it's very easy to do at home.
     
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    If you plan on taking your vehicle to Ford for every service, it may be a better deal than purchasing each individual oil change. However basic service is pretty simple to do on these trucks yourself. You can probably also go to a jiffy lube or another oil change place for cheaper than ford.
     
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    It is like buying insurance. The thing is some ins. pays off and some dont.
     
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    I used to do all my own servicing but time and age has caught up with me and crawling under a vehicle in the driveway or garage just isn't my thing anymore, to say nothing about what a PITA it is to dispose of used oil any more.
    Now for a little back story here. The Wife bought a 1996 Mustang GT brand new, I was along for "moral support" and when offered the service plan she took it (over my objections). I did my own servicing on my vehicle and I was tasked with taking hers to be serviced because... she said so!
    Well when it came time for me to purchase my next vehicle, I bought the service plan, not because I was no longer capable (yet) but because it made sense in that it didn't take me any longer to get the job done (remember to factor in prep and clean-up) but because I got to look at new cars and trucks every couple of months and all maintenance was recorded by the dealer for warranty purposes...
     
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    We've bought MSP's on previous vehicles (3 Subaru) and it was nice because it does discount the first few oil changes and up to the 30K mile maintenance. But with the Ranger, the dealer has oil changes for life...no need to purchase MSP this time around.
     
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    Same here...could do it myself but it's nice to have solid maintenance documentation...not only for warranty but in some cases for trade-in. I know my local Subaru dealer will only take vehicles as Certified Pre-Owned if they have good paperwork.
     
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