MINI fashions aren’t overlooked of BMW Group Malaysia’s resolution to revise its warranty policy, which sees the introduction of non-compulsory prolonged guarantee and repair packages to accompany a shorter however acquainted customary guarantee interval.

Earlier than moving into the nitty gritty, a quick recap. In January 2016, MINI Malaysia introduced that fashions offered within the nation would include a four-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which was an improve from the two-year/unlimited-mileage protection that was supplied earlier than. The brand new scheme (on the time) additionally included a four-year/60,000 km free service package deal that changed the three-year/50,000-km MINI Service Inclusive FIX package deal.

Based mostly on the most recent MINI worth record efficient January 1, 2021, the corporate has now reverted to the earlier two-year/unlimited-mileage guarantee for all fashions, with no free service package deal supplied as customary. That definitely appears like a adverse, however hear us out first.

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You may nonetheless get a four-year/unlimited-mileage guarantee and free service package deal as earlier than, however you’ll now have to pay additional as these are choices. These add-ons might be ordered individually or as a bundle after shopping for the automotive (inside the usual two-year guarantee), though the latter is discounted supplied you specify them upon preliminary buy of a brand new MINI.

Does this modification have any impact on pricing of MINI fashions? Sure. Referring to MINI Malaysia’s worth record, all fashions at the moment are cheaper than earlier than, however in the event you add on the discounted bundle (guarantee extension and free service, you arrive on the similar costs listed beforehand.

Cherry-picking a number of examples, the MINI three Door Cooper S retails for RM233,577.56 the with SST exemption factored in (effective until June 30, 2021), which is definitely lower than the RM240,777.56 listed if we seek advice from final August’s price list. Add within the bundle that prices RM7,200 for this explicit mannequin, and also you arrive again at RM240,777.56.

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Want one other instance? Let’s take the Clubman John Cooper Works, which now goes for RM337,527.82. The bundle for JCW fashions prices extra at RM7,970, which when added to the beginning worth, finally ends up at RM345,497.82, the identical as acknowledged beforehand.

So, in the event you’re content material with much less protection (we are able to’t see why anybody would), you’ll pay much less for a MINI now. Nonetheless, understand that a shorter guarantee may have some impact on resale worth, as a result of not everybody will need to accept an out-of-warranty automotive if potential.

After all, if the MINI continues to be inside the usual two-year protection, the brand new proprietor might all the time purchase the aforementioned packages to remain coated for some time longer. Pay much less however obtain much less protection, or pay the identical as earlier than to have it, that’s a selection you’ll should make. What say you?