GMC Gives February Buyers Pro Grade Coverage

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By Matt Schmitz, Cars.com

Sometimes, it's not the price of a half-ton pickup truck that makes one's wallet feel light but those standard-maintenance visits to the oil change place. Buy a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup by the end of this month and such services are on the automaker for a while.

GMC's Pro Grade Protection plan, which covers standard maintenance costs for two years or 24,000 miles, is included in the purchase price of all 2013 Sierra 1500s sold through Feb. 28, the automaker announced. Services covered include regularly scheduled oil changes, oil filter replacements, tire rotations and multipoint vehicle inspections; both sales and leases are eligible for the offer, and coverage is transferable between owners. The Pro Grade Protection plan is combined with the Sierra 1500’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

"Pickup truck owners tend to keep their vehicles longer than most, so it's essential that GMC holds the Sierra to the highest standards possible," said Brian Sweeney, vice president of GMC Sales and Service.



Comments

Great looking truck!

Way to go General Motors, and can't wait to see you Kick A** on comparision test over and over in the next few months.

As far as the $30,000 Comparison Test that Dodge won, I rather buy a used Z71 with that money and get more out of it and anything new Dodge, Nissan or Titan have to offer.

We'll see you Ford guys on the track, great compition deserves recognition.

You get more for your money with RAM TRUCKS.
30,000 shootout. 2013 Ram 1500 Receives Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award.

Well... I guess they gotta keep em moving some how.

Big deal!!! This is worth may be $100-150.00. I get cupons from the GM dealers around here all the time to bring my truck in for this regualar service at a special price of 24.95
The fine print states the limit is 4 times. I am not sure this promo was worth the ink/data space to write about.

* Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter and tire rotations according to your new vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events

They'll need it. I'm not sure those GM Denali guys even know what a wrench is. I'd hate to watch them try and change their oil. Chevrolet guys are one thing, GM guys are on a whole different level of dumb.

I don't understand all the constant negativity. Would you rather take it to a quick lube where they almost always use the cheapest stuff they can buy and use it for your truck? I know I sure don't!

@KEMO,

The dealer will use the cheapest stuff. I will stick to what works best, changing and choosing my own oil.

Maybe this wy gm kick ford ass whit the dmax don't come to play whit the real man diesel truck ford keep playing in you Sand box..ok now they have dodge ram play whit gm..

Yes this all good, incentives are part of any business. I like the fact that big pick-ups are given incentives and rebates, so the average blue collar worker can afford to own one. With all the gadgets some guys are wanting and asking for more and more luxuries in a pick-up, they have become an expensive tool.

I think this is a good thing and more brands should do this. It at least starts the vehicle off with the proper maintenance schedule and it uses oem products that were tested and designed for vehicle. At least if you bought one of these trucks as a used vehicle, you would at least know that it had the correct maintenance done on it to start with. Heck thats why bmw and other high end car manufacturers have these programs also.

Ford trucks wrote :"They'll need it. I'm not sure those GM Denali guys even know what a wrench is. I'd hate to watch them try and change their oil. Chevrolet guys are one thing, GM guys are on a whole different level of dumb. "

Seriously, been a diesel tech for 25 years , and i drive a GMC, i'm sure i know what a wrench is... but hey your probably a pro, owning a Ford and all....LOL

Why complain about free stuff. The guys making fun of GM aren't going to buy one anyways. If I were in the market right now, it wouldn't be a deal breaker, but for a guy buying a new truck, one less thing to worry about.

this is a good thing. most people wouldnt know it but EVERY tundra or tacoma sold comes with 2 year/25,000 mile complimentary maintenance. its a nice add and much better than the "big deal"comment by someone above. its worth MUCH more than 100-150 bucks! cant speak for the 5.3 but the 5.7 tundra holds 8 quarts of oil, so its savings all over the place plus a cabin air filter 5 tire rotations 5 oil/filter changes.

5.3L holds 6 quarts of oil.
I run on synthetic and change oil myself so I'm not sure what would a regular oil change cost at dealership, but it's gotta be at least $35.

the oil life monitor as to be at 12 % or less to be perform. the engine oil will meet gm dexos1 standard and a acdelco filter install

I used to spin wrenches, and I can tell you that the dealer uses GM product.

No wonder GM outsold Ford last month. 8000 in incentives vs 4500 for the competition that is worth talking about.

I'm not brand loyal at all.haven't been since the 60's.I usually buy a new truck every two years,and buy one that suits my needs the best.Lately it's been chevy.I like their off road pkg better then ford or dodge (ram).That however is subject to change and I try to keep an open mind towards the big 3.Even if someone offered free lifetime oil changes,if the vehicle don't fit my needs,I won't buy it.I've been on ford's x-plan for decades and only bought three vehicles.That is also subject to change if they come out with something I like.

Well, you pay for your maintenance one way or the other. Whether you buy a Tundra and think you get something free, they just take the amount they value that maintanence at, off the amount they would have came down. Same here, GM would have just came down this amount, but they are just doing their best to get rid of their piles of overstock.

@All American: I am kinda waiting for some comparisons too. Don't get too excited tho, you might get pretty upset when these GMs continue to bomb alot of them.

A used Z-71? Have fun with that! The folks at the parts store will get used to you!

The only reason why that Silverado actually hung with the Hemi in Fords Davis Dam video was the GM 6 speed ratios were alot higher then the Rams. Now the Ram has a major advantage in gears over both. Maybe they will redo it?

It's funny, the GM folks don't understand, that they waited and waited, and maybe for one year, they might have a few things like direct injection on a Ram. Same ol jerky 6 speed! Same brick like aero, with looks of an 88 or so!

Chrysler builds a PT Cruiser, GM built a HHR to try to compete. Heck, I had a Neon, which the PT Cruiser chassis was based on. I also drove an HHR when my 2006 Silverado was in the shop, one of many times. The HHR was sloppy! Dodge brought back the looks of the the Challenger, with modern day aero, Chevy brings back the Camaro, trying to look like the older ones. The Camaro outsells it, but then lots of the younger crowd think they are great, like always, they never were practical, and about the only advantage it has on a Challenger is another gear in the auto trans. Chevy tries to bring back an old truck look....it will fail.

I am sure you will talk about your friends truck, or you say it's your friends truck, if in fact it actually exists. My 2006 Chevy leaned after all I did was stick two Dodge 360 blocks and cranks in the bed to take 75 miles to the machine shop. That was one of many issues. Never again, no matter how much they knock off MSRP!

It's all about marketing.

Marketing is about making potential customers feel comfortable about a product. Whether it be claims about fuel economy, hp, torque, towing, warranties and servicings whatever.

Warranties try to make the customer feel confident that the manufacturer trusts a vehicle and it is reliable. Why else would a manufacturer pay additional money to maintain a vehicle.

Free sevicings is another ploy to grab your money.

In the end the customer has to choose what vehicle best suit his/her requirements. Don't be fooled by the marketing of products. Look at the product without the frills, then work out the potential(?) savings.

I found this link in one of our Australian newpapers on the gasoline turbo engines. It appears turbo'ing a gasoline engine doesn't provide the stated benefits. If that's the case the auto manufacturers have wasted billions of tax funded dollars in research.

I've stated this all along about turbo gasoline engines.

An interesting read, all they need to do is market inefficient turbo's with some spin to state how much better they are.

http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/us-study-questions-turbo-engine-fuel-savings-20130206-2dxzj.html

the funny thing is, anyone can get this deal, my wife got it on her 2012 expedition, we asked for them to throw it in as part of the deal, and they did, this is nothing new

"Why else would a manufacturer pay additional money to maintain a vehicle."

What GM isn't saying is they have a boatload of long-in-the-tooth pickups to unload before the more desirable new design arrives.

It's a good marketing gimmick. They say they will do this service at their recommended intervals, which is 7500 miles for both oil and tires. Most people will be lucky to get 3 free visits at that rate. I don't know what other dealers charge, but I usually pay between $20 and $30 for that service on a newer truck. So maybe you save $100. Better than nothing. And lots of people would rather think they "got something for free" than if they got $100 knocked off the purchase price.

They'll need it. I'm not sure those GM Denali guys even know what a wrench is. I'd hate to watch them try and change their oil. Chevrolet guys are one thing, GM guys are on a whole different level of dumb.

Posted by: FordTrucks1 | Feb 5, 2013 5:53:14 PM

Looks like someone is trying to push the envelope as far as they can with trolling to see what it takes to get banned. Good luck, man. You are on your way along with the rest of your cronies.

I guessing that they are betting on free maintenance making sales but customeres not using it. Which is probsbly a good bet. Hope it works out for them but I'm waitng on the new ones.

It's a good marketing gimmick. They say they will do this service at their recommended intervals, which is 7500 miles for both oil and tires. Most people will be lucky to get 3 free visits at that rate. I don't know what other dealers charge, but I usually pay between $20 and $30 for that service on a newer truck. So maybe you save $100. Better than nothing. And lots of people would rather think they "got something for free" than if they got $100 knocked off the purchase price.

Posted by: Ford850 | Feb 6, 2013 8:27:38 AM

In all actuality it is probably figured into the purchase price anyway, so you are probably getting nothing in the end. Like my dad always said, "nothing is free."

Actualy the true figure are something like this: a reg oil and filter change with the other stuff (tire rotation & multi point check) is $29.95, with the same servie but with syn-blend oil is $49.95, and then with full syn oil it is $75.95! and the 5.3 does hold 6 quarts, so if you do high mileage, and the system tells you to get the oil changed, you could possible get 3 maybe 4 oil changes, and the manual, by which the dealers will go by require the syn-blended oils, so you could be getting about $150-$200 worth of service, I know all this because I have looked at all the prices of such things when I go and buy a vehicle, and the last time I did this at the Chevy dealer, these were the prices I was quoted, but because I do live out of town, and on an island, I did get the service thrown in, they offered it, and I did take it, for the small amout of times I go off to (America) I plan my vacations and buisness trips accordingly, and take advantage of this, plus I also got a free inside and out wash. When I bought the F-150, the dealer did not offer anything at all, and would not include it in any deal, and all I got at the time was $2500 off, and was lucky for that, and that was because I wanted a reg cab 4X4, and they had one! and even though it has the famed and all concuring and in demand Ecco-Boost engine, they gave me the $$ off, because someone who had ordered the truck, lost his job, and could not go through with the deal, I was the lucky one to get it, yea! and my guess is they did not want to sit on a reg cab truck, and gave me a little incentive to buy said truck.

@sandman4X4,
I guess it depends on your dealer. I usually get a couple of free service coupons after a purchase. And then I get discount coupons for years after that. I know I said $20 - $30 for average service in my post above, but that is after several years of ownership. In reality most service is paid for during the first few years on mine, without asking. It's a good idea to get the customer back in the door frequently when nothing is wrong with the truck and you get to know the dealership. Then you are more likely to return to them as a paying customer.

One side benefit for the manufacturer is that they reduce the risk of warranty claims. Many people abuse their vehicles through improper maintenance, poor driving, excessively rough use.
When I purchased my truck I purchased a maintenance areement and it extended the warranty by a year and 20,00 km (12,500 miles).

I actually prefer not to have the dealer do my maintenance. As quick as the oil changes are done, when you turn off a engine and drain the oil, close to half a quart is still draining into the pan, after they have the plug reinstalled. I know some "old" or "dirty" oil will always stay in the engine, but the most I can get out, the better.

It also creates a mess when I want to put Synthetic oil in, but they want to give you whatever bulk oil non synthetic they carry. There has been a time or too when I couldn't be there to get it done myself, so I had them put in the 7 quarts of my supplied synthetic, and ask them to give me 7 quarts of their stuff, then I would mark it on the container so it doesn't get confused with the synthetic that came in the container. Then I would put that oil in my ex's Jeep.

Once I bought a 2003 SRT-4, they threw in an oil change. Too bad it was non Synthetic they wanted to give me, while the manual RECCOMENDS synthetic, as Mobil 1 was the factory spec'd and used oil. Non synthetic for a turbo engine? No thanks.

I wonder if this includes axle oil changes? My truck says 18 thousand miles I believe, and the service people try to get you to do it sometimes before the book even says. But when I hear their steep prices and the fact I would have to either drop it off, or stay there for awhile, no thanks, I just do it myself.

Seems like a pretty good deal. I wonder if the GMC in the Grand Rapids has this deal, or if it is only for "Big dealerships." Even though this deal may only really be worth about $200. I think it would still be worth it, that's 200 more in my pocket. Thanks for this post.

That's one beautiful truck, and now it comes with free services? Wait till they see the new Tundra, the incentives will go away.

GMC cars and trucks are such nice vehicles to have. You'll know its features with high performance and its such classy whatever its style. It's good to know that it has it's highest standards in terms of keeping the vehicles in longer terms. Definitely a great blog.



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