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by Tim Beissmann

Renault has become the latest manufacturer to introduce capped-price servicing across its entire range of passenger, performance and light-commercial vehicles.

After dabbling with capped-price servicing as a special offer in the second half of last year, Renault Australia has made the three-year fixed-cost program a permanent part of its aftersales experience.

Under the program, servicing the Renault Megane hatch and cabrio, Fluence, Latitude and Koleos passenger cars and the Renaultsport Clio and Megane performance models at 12-month/15,000km intervals costs $299, while servicing the Kangoo, Trafic and Master vans costs $349 per service.

The capped-price servicing program applies to all new and demonstrator vehicles purchased from January 1, 2013, and covers the cost of all genuine parts, lubricants and labour required for the first three manufacturer’s standard scheduled maintenance services.

Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar said the introduction of the brand’s range-wide capped-price servicing program was another example of its focus on reducing the cost of ownership over the life of its vehicles.

“We were the first European manufacturer to offer a five-year unlimited-kilometre warranty on our passenger cars, and in 2012 we introduced an approved used vehicle program to help with controlling the resale and residual value of Renault vehicles,” Hocevar said.

“Now with our new capped-price servicing program we are making good on our promise to deliver peace-of-mind and certainty across the whole-of-life ownership experience.”

Renault joins a growing list of manufacturers to offer capped-price servicing in Australia, following the lead of Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ford, Holden, Hyundai, Kia and Opel.