Capped price servicing with Ford
It may come as a shock to car lovers, but Ford Australia didn't start as an offshoot of the famous brand founded by Henry Ford.
In fact, it was started by Ford Canada.
In one of those strange commercial moves, Henry Ford sold the rights to build his cars in all Commonwealth countries, bar the United Kingdom, to a group of Canadian investors.
And it didn't take long for those investors to start making cars, with Australia's first Ford, a Model T, rolling off a Geelong production line in 1925.
And while that Ford came in kit form and only had to be assembled, by the time Ford ceased building cars in Australia in 2016 it was making Australian-designed models and was responsible for some of the country's most iconic automobiles.
From the Falcon GTHO of the early 1970s to the FG X Falcon and the Territory SUV – the last models built in Australia – Ford rolled out a range of popular vehicles.
While Ford Australia no longer manufacturers cars, it is involved in vehicle design and engineering and is also, of course, an importer of Ford models that are sold through some 200 dealerships across the country.
Today, that model range includes the Focus small car, the medium size Mondeo, several SUV models, the Ranger pickup, and a line of commercial vehicles and performance cars, including the iconic Mustang.
And when it comes to keeping those cars on the road, Ford has one of the better capped price deals going around.
The blue oval brand offers a Service Price Promise system for all cars built since 2007.
Under this system, Ford owners can go online, fill in their car's details and they will be given a price for their next service. You can even book your car into a local participating dealer.
Added to that, the plan extends for the life of your car and Ford will even throw in a free loan car while your pride and joy is given the once over.
They will even pay for membership to your state's auto club.
Ford recommends you service your car yearly or every 15,000 kms, whichever comes first.
Costs over five years range from around $1550 for a Fiesta to $2870 for a diesel Mondeo.
For the larger Ford models, a Ranger will cost up to $2620 for five years while those who still love to drive an Australian-built car will find the Falcon, in its V8 guise, will cost about $2900.
It's a handy deal for those who manage to hit that 15,000 km mark a year like clockwork.
Having said all that, it is always good practice to check the terms and conditions attached to any service.
In Ford’s case, there are a couple of things of which to take note.
Some dealerships may not participate in service programs such as the auto club offer, and Ford says on its website that ‘Ford Dealers can choose whether or not to participate in the following programs and a Dealer may choose to participate in all, none, or one but not others.’ Best to check then.
Additionally, the loan car, while no doubt a handy option, may have to be booked in advance, you’ll have to replace fuel you use, and you may also be charged a penalty for late return and an excess in the event of any damage.
So, if you do get one, perhaps don’t take a fuel-guzzling trip to the country, be on time, and be sure to drive carefully and be on full alert!
As always, smart buyers would do well to check in with their local independent mechanics who may be able to offer the same services at a cheaper rate.
One thing to remember is that if you decide to take your Ford, or any other car, to your local qualified mechanic who works to the manufacturer’s specs using quality parts, it will have no effect on your warranty.
Should you choose that path, AutoGuru can help you easily find a high-quality local mechanic to service your Ford.
Better yet, we can show you which ones offer a complimentary loan car, how good is that?
Be sure to get some instant quotes, and check out how much you can save with AutoGuru!
All data gathered in December 2018.
Denis Doherty learned to drive manuals when his dad took him out on flood-ravaged north-west Queensland roads and put him behind the wheel of the company's Toyota Land Cruiser.
Since then, he has loved cars and the freedom they offer.
Despite knowing better, his first car was a Mitsubishi Sigma, but at least it was the GLX which was modified by motoring writer Peter Wherrett.
He currently drives a 1998 Holden Calais but still wishes he was in his Peugeot 206 GTI180.