If you need another reason to buy a Costco membership (as if supersized quantities of products wasn’t enough), here’s one more: members will save 15 percent discount on parts, labor and accessories when they have vehicles serviced at participating auto dealerships.
This just isn’t a great deal for members – dealers will have access to 44 million members who, in 2010, bought more than 250,000 new and certified used vehicles through Costco.
“It’s an adjunct to the certified pre-owned business,” said Jim Newbery, executive vice president of Costco’s auto program. “Those cars from the get-go have mileage on them, so you’re not talking about just doing warranty work. There is immediate business. When cars are new or used you have the accessories business. Our members come first but we want the dealer to increase his revenue opportunity.”
Costco has offered no-haggle, new-vehicle prices with participating dealerships for its members since 1989, and in 2008, factory-certified used vehicles were added to its auto arsenal. In total, Costco’s auto program includes 2,500 dealerships, with around 50 percent of them taking part in the new parts and service discount plan. You can expect that number to include all of the dealerships by the end of 2012.
Would you buy a Costco membership to take advantage of this new deal? And if you already have a membership, are you going to use this service? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: Automotive News]