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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

The Value of Free Maintenance Offers on New Cars

By Jessica Anderson






General Motors' announcement that it would offer two years of free maintenance for its 2014 models expanded the field of brands that add regular maintenance to the factory warranty. If you're comparing models from different brands, how much should a free maintenance program factor into your purchase decision?



  • Mainstream makes. The promise of free service on a Toyota, Volkswagen or Chevrolet might tempt you away from a Honda or Ford, which don't offer maintenance programs. But a rebate or bigger discount might more than make up for your maintenance "savings." And those savings may not add up to much anyway. For example, Toyota offers free maintenance on its vehicles for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. For the Toyota Camry, the service guide recommends an oil change every 10,000 miles, tire rotations every 5,000 miles and a multiple-point inspection at each service interval. Over 25,000 miles, covered maintenance would cost just over $300, according to Vincentric, an automotive-data firm. The other programs from nonluxury carmakers have similar terms.


  • Luxury brands. The value equation shifts for luxury buyers. Service costs add up fast -- oil changes can run $100 -- and the programs tend to be more comprehensive and cover more miles. "There's more benefit for a luxury buyer," says Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. If you're cross-shopping, say, an Audi or Mercedes-Benz without free maintenance with a BMW that has free service, he says, "BMW's plan could definitely sway you."


BMW's four-year or 50,000-mile maintenance plan includes not only service visits but also replacement of wear-and-tear items, such as wiper blades and brake pads and discs (likely needed around year three or four). Over 50,000 miles, maintenance on a 5-series sedan adds up to $2,000, according to Vincentric. BMW's sister brand, Mini, offers the same coverage on its cars for three years or 36,000 miles. Hyundai has similar coverage on its top-of-the-line Equus for five years or 60,000 miles. Even with the best programs, you're on your own if you need new tires.


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Among other luxury makes, Cadillac covers basic maintenance (no wear-and-tear items) for four years or 50,000 miles. Current Lincoln models have the same coverage, but Lincoln will cut the offer to two years or 24,000 miles for its 2014 vehicles. Volvo covers three years or 36,000 miles, and Jaguar covers only the XK, for four years or 50,000 miles.


The best way to shop for new-car values is to compare long-term ownership costs. You can find Vincentric's five-year ownership-cost estimates for hundreds of models at www.nadaguides.com/cars/cost-to-own. The value of free programs will be reflected in the overall maintenance cost.

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Jessica Anderson is an associate editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.



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