A used car care subscription combining a vehicle warranty, annual service care plan, MOT test fee and RAC Breakdown cover is being launched by the RAC Dealer Network.
Vehicle Care 360 is a rolling contract with equal monthly payments, providing budgeting certainty and protection against inflation.
The product will be sold through the more than 1,200 strong RAC Dealer Network, which is operated by the RAC in conjunction with Assurant which is the RAC’s partner in the aftersales sector.
Lee Coomber, RAC client director at Assurant, said: “Our research shows that almost half of private car owners are interested in a combined automotive product of this type. The perceived benefits are the high level of protection offered against unexpected motoring costs, fixed costs over the length of the subscription, and the ease of having all four products from the same source.
“We see Vehicle Care 360 as a simple and effective solution that provides the key elements needed to help the customer keep their vehicle on the road while meeting contemporary purchasing preferences by using a subscription model.
“Of course, for supplying RAC Dealer Network retailers, especially those with their own workshops, it provides significant opportunities to retain service and warranty claims work, as well as increasing the possibility of the customer returning to buy another car when the subscription comes to an end.”
Assurant’s research additionally shows that interest in a subscription is highest among 18–34-year-olds and those planning to buy their next car online, while older customers would prefer buying in-person from a dealership.
Management of the subscription will be through a new online portal and app, called Vehicle Care, which was launched last month.
Coomber said: “We have a comprehensive digital strategy in place for the next few years and providing online access through apps and the internet is a key element of this product offering, which we believe to be market leading.
“An important element of the appeal of using a subscription model is ease of use, and the technology we are providing makes it straightforward for customers to access all elements of the Vehicle Care 360 digitally.”