What is a Vehicle Service Contract And Should You Get One?

Buying a pre-owned vehicle is a wise choice for the savvy buyer. After you’ve researched the car you want and made a good deal with the dealer, it’s not over yet.

After deciding to purchase a vehicle, your thoughts should then turn to saving as much as possible throughout the ownership of the vehicle. A comprehensive Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is a must have for anyone looking to get the most return for their investment.

This is especially true if the used vehicle’s basic factory warranty has expired. No matter what vehicle you own, at some point it’s going to break down; all vehicles eventually break down. No one knows when, but breakdowns are a certainty. With time and mileage, repair or replacement of standard parts is inevitable.

“Repairs can be expensive when your vehicle warranty expires. Standard repairs can quickly turn into huge out-of-pocket expenses,” said Mike Trevino of Trevino Auto Mart in McAllen. “Protecting your vehicle beyond the warranty with a vehicle service contract reduces the risk of having to pay for costly repairs down the road. With our VSC programs, you can choose flexible or affordable coverage for a few components of your vehicle, or coverage that is more comprehensive. You can even choose the mileage and term that is best for you. If you sell your vehicle during the contract period, the coverage can be transferred to the new owner, which may increase the resale value of your vehicle. It’s something other buyers look for.”

One of the best-selling vehicle service contracts offers comprehensive coverage. This coverage is so extensive, it protects nearly all mechanical and electrical components except those listed in the “What Is Not Covered” section of the agreement!

According to Trevino, the best-selling VSC includes the following features and benefits:

• Pays for 100% of Parts

• Pays for 100% of Labor

• Free Towing

• Rental car reimbursement

• Roadside Assistance

o 24-hour roadside assistance

o Flat Tire Change

o Vehicle Jump Start

o Lockout key recovery

o Emergency fuel, oil, coolant

• Helps cover Trip interruption – reimburses hotel, meals, misc.

• Transferable to subsequent owners – Increases Resale Value

o If your vehicle breaks down due to a covered component, and you’re more than 100 miles away from home, the VSC program will reimburse you for your meal and/or lodging expenses for up to 3 days at $150 per day.

• Cancellable

• Accepted Anywhere

• Can be included in vehicle financing

“Plan for the future now and drive worry-free,” Trevino said about getting a VSC. “We make it easy to find the right plan for your needs and budget by offering a variety of coverage levels, options and terms – all with great benefits included!  Speak with your representative at Trevino’s Auto Mart today to learn more about our vehicle service contracts or call 956-686-7522.”

Trevino added that all services are subject to maximum reimbursement limits and urged buyers to make sure they understand the details of the service agreement. “Whether you buy from us or from anyone else, it’s really important that the contract work for you and that you read the contract completely. We take the time to explain all the details and coverage of the contract, but not every dealer does. However, as with any contract, it is always the buyer who needs to be fully aware of all of the details.”

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