The Chevy Spark Can Provide Huge Savings
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark mini car is saving owners time and money when it comes to regularly scheduled maintenance. With minimal required scheduled maintenance, young, reluctant car buyers can rest assured that the Spark is a solid investment that will require little more expense than the monthly payment.
Designed for next-generation urbanites, engineers took into account that people in this demographic are more likely than previous generations to delay major life events, like buying their first new car, because of uncertainty over the overall cost of vehicle ownership. According to research by Chevrolet and MTV Scratch, more than one in four of next-generation customers said owning a vehicle that is easier and less expensive to maintain is very important.
With its $12,995 starting price, the Spark is more than $3,100 less than its nearest competitor. It is saving owners money right off the bat. The savings don’t end there, though. For example, Chevrolet engineers designed the Spark’s engine timing chain to require no scheduled maintenance (unlike timing belts) and electronic power steering and transmission fluid are intended to last the life of the vehicle. Spark owners can also go up to 100,000 miles before replacing spark plugs.
Oil changes are required less frequently than in many other cars as well. With Chevrolet’s advanced oil life system, oil and filter changes for the Spark are recommended around 7,500 miles or when the Oil Life Monitor system alerts the driver for an oil change. At a participating Chevrolet Certified Service provider, like Lake Country Chevrolet Cadillac, an oil change with the gas saver bundle will cost just $29.95. Over the average 150,000 mile life of the vehicle, Spark owners will save approximately $900, compared with vehicles that recommend oil changes every 3,000 miles.
The Spark is the only mini car on the market that is covered by a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, and a six-year/100,000-mile rust-through limited warranty.
When the Spark does need service, it will tell you what it needs through OnStar, which is standard for six months. Spark owners can receive monthly vehicle diagnostics emails, including the state of fluid levels and tire pressure.
Launched in Korea in 2009, the Spark is now available in almost every country in the world and has sold more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide. With its American debut, it is also winning over drivers in the United States. The Spark is the only car in the segment to offer five doors and an available seven-inch touch screen Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.