Honda Sentinel option @ dealer - oil changes, tire hazard, roadside, etc..

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by 4sallypat, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. 4sallypat

    4sallypat Active Member

    So I picked up the 2018 Clarity base on New Years Day to qualify for the increased SCE utility rebate and for the new CA HOV carpool stickers (purple) for 2019.

    I have questions about the Honda Care Sentinel 3 year / 36K plan.

    The finance manager pushed this on us asking us about the cost of oil changes, tire replacements, etc...
    We negotiated from $1050 down to $435 - hoping that was a good deal ??

    How often are oil changes done on a Clarity and how much does a Honda dealer typically charge ?

    Is this a good maintenance plan from Honda America ?
     
  2. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    Oil changes are at least once per year and many are seeing the Maintenance Minder indicate oil changes at 6,000 to 7,000 total miles even though HV miles were a lot less. So this site (see below) seems to say you are really only getting 3 years of oil changes for $435 plus some extra warranty only if you drive more than 36,000 miles in 3 years. Doesn’t seem worth it to me.
    https://www.quora.com/Is-Honda-Care-Sentinel-3-45-worth-1-286-for-5-years
     
  3. dnb

    dnb Active Member

    If you get a free tire replacement out of it? Sounds good. Otherwise sounds like you are mostly paying up front for the oil changes.
     
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  4. Mikep00

    Mikep00 Active Member

    Check your service manual and see what servicing you need in those 3 years. Then call your Honda dealer and ask how much that maintenance costs.


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  5. Richard_arch74

    Richard_arch74 Active Member

    If you are having buyer's remorse your contract may have a rescission period.

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  6. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    It only covers oil changes. No other maintenance.
     
  7. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member Subscriber

    One of the main problems with the hard sell at the finance desk when buying a car is you really don't know what you are getting. With the car, you likely spent quite a bit of time making the decision but with the last minute add-ons like maintenance plans and service contracts, you usually don't spend any time at all. I was not familiar with the Honda Care Sentinel and Honda Care Sentinel 3-45 plans. When I looked them up on Honda Financial Services, I was amazed at how limited the coverage is. Do that yourself and see what you paid for in the fine print. Take a careful look at what you might actually use and do some comparison pricing to see if you want to keep the contract. It might be perfect for you and it certainly was good to get a 60% discount off that initial (obscene) price.
     
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