General Motors has tweaked its complimentary maintenance program for the Buick, GMC, and Cadillac brands. Car & Driver reported Tuesday that each of the brands will now offer just a single free maintenance visit to buyers in 2019.
The news comes after the publication noticed updated consumer website details on the program. However, Chevrolet has not updated its website with any new information, so it’s unclear if the brand will follow suit with the complimentary maintenance cuts. Representatives for Buick and GMC could not be reached.
A Cadillac spokesperson explained the move better aligns the brand with its rivals that offer identical complimentary maintenance for one year. That amounts to one visit to the dealership for an oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point vehicle inspection that must be redeemed within the first 12 months of ownership.
Yet, Cadillac rivals such as BMW and Jaguar offer three years and five years of complimentary service to new owners. Audi does only offer one year, however.
Five years ago, GM brands offered four complimentary maintenance visits.
No additional changes to each of the brands’ warranties should occur. In 2015, GM trimmed the powertrain warranties for its Chevrolet and GMC vehicles from 100,000 miles to 60,000 miles. Cadillac and Buick vehicles still hold onto their 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranties.
Bumper-to-bumper warranties remain 3 years/36,000 miles for Chevrolet and GMC, and 4 years/50,000 miles for Buick and Cadillac. GM also introduced optional add-on warranties for its brands last year that add another two years and thousands of extra miles.
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