This is a numbers game and I think I can shed more light. Let's look at the costs:
The third year is where you are at conservatively,
I want to take this to a mathimatical level.
Mechanically you may be at the fourth year.
(4 years x 12000 mile per year). For arguments sake we will take the more expensive projection, besides they offer a calculated number and will give a higher cost for you to own. I want to err on the conservative side in the event the numbers are close. So, let's focus on the cost of repairs and maintenence.
This part is important. I need to know what the amount of miles you drive are annually, because the costs are directly related in this formula.
Also what is the cost of the contract?, how many miles? and for how long?
I know that repairs and maintenence run typically $.13/miles on average conservatively. True, you do get some fliers in this that are three cents a mile and others that are twenty-five cents per mile. But .13 is conservative in a poor economical location that we see some expensive repairs. Your location may vary. You could use a cost of living percentage difference between Niagara Falls and your location to give a adjusted number.
I keep tabs on the cost per mile for my customer's cars to better help them decide what to do when a large repair comes along.
Let's say you drive an average of 12,000 miles per year. I would estimate $1560 for maintenence and repairs including sales tax. ( CPM = .13/mile) This site says about ten cents per mile (903+362 divded by 12,000 miles) or 1265 the 4th year. The fifth year they jump to $1377.00/year. Since maintenence is not covered, we need to cut this number in half. Maintenence keeps the machine working properly and lowers the cost of repairs in the long run. USing my higher figure half would be $780 you will be saving per year....asuming they cover the needed repairs.
So, what are the amount of miles you drive annually?
Also what is the cost of the contract?,
IS there a maximum that they will pay out?
How many miles do they cover for?
and until what date?
Actually, what area are you in? I can probably locate the cost of living differences.
Thursday, October 1st, 2009 AT 3:09 PM