Holden has formally extended the warranty for all its models from three years and 100,000 kilometres to five years and, depending on who hands over the cash, all the kays you can eat.
The new warranty, introduced yesterday, comes with unlimited kilometres for private and ABN buyers, with fleet, government and rental vehicles capped at 200,000km.
Holden has previously offered longer warranties of up to seven years, but these were temporary offers for selected models such as the now-imported Commodore and the Equinox SUV.
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Holden’s decision to offer a permanent five-year warranty comes less than two months after Ford did the same, and also brings it in line with the likes of Hyundai, Jeep, Honda and Mitsubishi.
The suits at Fishermans Bend will be hoping the initiative will help generate goodwill lost when local Commodore production ended in October last year, and which caused Holden to slip to eighth place in the top 10 best-selling brands in May behind Volkswagen and Kia.
The official line is the new five-year warranty represents the company’s confidence in its refreshed line-up.
“Holden’s product portfolio is the best line-up and quality we’ve ever had, especially in the key growth segments of SUVs and utes,” Holden managing director Mark Bernhard said. “We’ve always had confidence in our cars and this is putting money where our mouth is.”
The five-year warranty is part of Holden’s Complete Care package for customers, which includes five years of roadside assistance, an opportunity to test a vehicle for 24 hours, capped-price servicing, and the Holden Rental Service, which gives buyers access to new models for different needs over flexible periods.
“Buying a new car is a huge financial and emotional commitment and this five-year warranty is rounding out our market-leading portfolio of care for our customers,” Bernhard said.
The move leaves Chrysler, Fiat, Land Rover, Chinese brand LDV, Mahindra, Nissan, Suzuki and market giant Toyota as the mainstream brands offering the shortest warranty cover of three years and 100,000km.