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GM announces free maintenance on 2014 models

Consumer Reports News: June 06, 2013 03:38 PM

Customers who purchase certain new 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC vehicles will receive two years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) worth of free maintenance.

The program, which is typically reserved for premium brands, (Cadillac already has a maintenance program covering services for four years or 50,000 miles) is an attempt by GM to bring customers back to their dealerships. The company has found that car owners who service their vehicles at dealerships are more likely to buy another GM brand vehicle in the future.

The program includes an oil and filter change, tire rotation, and 27-point vehicle inspection based on the owner's manual maintenance schedule. For alternative-fuel vehicles that do not need oil changes or performance models that don't need tire rotations, the program covers up to four visits in 24 months and is transferable to other owners. Those that already bought a 2014 GM will receive the free maintenance.

See which vehicles are the most and least expensive to own.

If you are considering a new car, the program is a nice perk, but buyers should note that the first two years of ownership is the least expensive. Our cost of vehicle ownership data outlines how much you can expect to pay. For the Chevrolet Malibu as an example, the first year costs are about $90.

When looking for a new car, make sure you buy one that performs well in our tests and is reliable. And it's best to check if the cost of maintenance after those initial two years won't break your bank.

Liza Barth

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