3 questions to ask before investing in a Service Plan

Investing in a Service Plan for your vehicle keeps your car on the road, maintains a higher resale value, and keeps your vehicle repairs affordable. It’s like giving your car a VIP pass to maintenance bliss, ensuring it stays in tip-top shape. 

A vehicle Service Plan pays for recommended scheduled services completed by approved dealers. Your Service Plan may cover the costs of vehicle repair, including parts and labour after the manufacturer’s Service Plan expires. A Service Plan through MotorHappy also includes perks such as roadside assistance, towing, and even a fuel run. Click here to find out more.

A Service Plan is a contract designed to keep you covered so you don’t have to pay for your car service and repairs out of pocket. 


Not all plans are created equally so you will want to ask a few questions when making your decision. First, you will:

  • want to determine how long you will keep the vehicle
  • how many kilometres you will drive on average
  • and what common repairs can cost down the road.


  • Is it a duplicate of your new vehicle warranty coverage?
  • What is the cost and how long is the contract?
  • What exactly does it cover? Some Service Plans are comprehensive, covering all parts, while others only cover specified repairs. 
  • Where will I need to take my vehicle for the service? Are you restricted to specific dealerships, or can you explore a variety of certified independent garages? Flexibility is crucial, ensuring you’re covered whether you’re navigating city streets or cruising the countryside.

Knowing what’s covered ensures you won’t be caught off guard when your car needs attention. In the end, you should feel that the Service Plan keeps you safe and gives you peace of mind.


The most important reason to purchase a Service Plan is to maintain your vehicle’s market value.  You can show the potential buyer that you have had your car serviced regularly and have kept up with the maintenance schedule.

  • Better resale value
  • While the cost of auto repairs goes up, the monthly payments for your Service Plan do not. 
  • Helps to keep your car reliable, giving you peace of mind every time you start your car.

Repairs can cost you thousands of Rands.  Unless you have a savings account for such emergencies, sudden car problems can be a great disruption in your life. Regular servicing of your vehicle also gives you increased fuel efficiency, better handling, improved braking, and a smoother running engine.

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