New Car Care Plans Are Designed To Go The Distance
Released on: July 19, 2011, 8:52 am
ACF Car Finance
An end to "oversold and under-performing" car protection
plans has been signalled by major national used car retailer ACF Car
The company has announced two new products, both developed in conjunction with RAC
They are a new maintenance and breakdown warranty, and Guaranteed Asset Protection
(GAP) cover, both giving comprehensive protection which won't run out of road if a
claim is made.
At just £175.00 each, says ACF Car Finance, the products are extremely competitively
The warranty covers vehicles up to ten years old and with up to 100,000 miles on the
clock, and is based on RAC Warranty's top "platinum" level of cover with RAC
It includes the cost of replacing virtually any mechanical or electrical component
which fails, even extending to the air-conditioning and turbocharger where fitted.
The GAP cover, in the event of a write-off, will pay the difference between the
settlement figure from the car finance provider, and the amount covered by the owner's private motor
But unlike most GAP products - also known as financial shortfall cover - it also
protects other specified "extras" bought at the time of the car's purchase, such
as a paint protection system, and the car's warranty.
According to Richard Cox, Head of Motor Operations at The Funding Corporation of
which ACF Car Finance is a part, the bar has now been raised for all retailers of
"We have closely examined the shortfalls which are most often highlighted by
consumers with regard to warranties and GAP cover, and have worked with RAC Warranty
to address the issues which cause the greatest dissatisfaction among purchasers,"
The keen pricing, he states, points to the company's wish to help customers "future-proof" their purchases, and says that showroom staff are not being
strongly incentivised to sell the plans.
Richard also emphasises that a one-off initial payment by the car buyer covers the
cost of the products in full, and that the amounts are not bundled up in the car loan.
Helping ACF Car Finance to develop its new products was Ian Simpson, Sales and
Marketing Director of The Warranty Group which works in conjunction with RAC
"The principles of fairness apply to every aspect of our warranties and GAP cover,
and customer trust in our products has helped The Warranty Group become a
"We're delighted that ACF Car Finance has partnered with us to give the best
possible protection to their car buyers, and to provide them with long-term peace of
mind," said Ian.
ACF Car Finance Limited (www.acfcarfinance.co.uk) is Britain's leading supplier of
high-quality used cars to people whose credit status might otherwise prevent them
from obtaining vehicle finance. ACF Car Finance has earned a strong reputation
within the finance and motor industry for its standards of customer care, and the
quality of the friendly, professional advice provided by members of its
ACF Car Finance Limited. Registered in England number 4757280. Registered office
address: International House, Kingsfield Court, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4
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