Renault has cut its UK new car warranty from four years to three, with the change kicking in for all cars and vans ordered from 1 February 2018. The standard warranty deal is now three years and 60,000 miles, or three years and 100,000 miles for the Renault Zoe EV and Koleos SUV.
The firm has given new car buyers something in return, though. A new EasyLife Pack is now offered on all new Renaults: it’s a £99 add-on that includes three years’ free servicing.
Renault says this will potentially save owners more than £500 over three years.
It’s transferrable too, so if they sell the car (or trade it in early through a PCP upgrade), the new owner can still benefit from the free servicing deal.
Renault UK MD Vincent Tourette says the EasyLife Pack “will help customers save money on their servicing, manage future costs and ensure their vehicle is maintained by authorised, trained and professional staff in one of our nationwide retailers”. It will be accepted in all 160 Renault UK dealers.
The firm is making the move because so many new car buyers use three-year PCP deals, meaning the perceived benefits of an extended warranty are diminishing. Cheaper running costs are of greater interest – hence the appeal of Renault’s free servicing pack.
And for those upset by losing the fourth year of warranty, Renault will let customers add it back on, along with an extra year of roadside assistance, for £300. Four years’ servicing and warranty costs £400, and a full four-years servicing, warranty and roadside assistance pack is £500.
As with the £99 EasyLife Pack itself, these costs can be added to the finance agreement, so buyers don’t have to fork out for them upfront.