The maintenance cost of a Honda vehicle can vary considerably from below RM150 to a 4-digit bill since the repair and support costs vary depending on the model, age of the vehicle, mileage, location and even the service centre.
Newer vehicles between 2- 5 years are likely to cost less to maintain and repair per annum. With that said, the driving habits of an owner plays a part too. Bad driving habits place your car under unnecessary strain and increase wear and tear.
What is included in a Honda vehicle service contract?
A vehicle service contract is an extended car warranty after your vehicle’s standard manufacturer’s warranty has expired. It often covers costs of repairs including parts, labour and taxes, but with terms and conditions.
This extended warranty serves to protect you against unexpected, costly repairs after the manufacturer’s warranty stops. Having a service contract also ensures that your vehicle repairs are performed by Honda trained technicians using genuine Honda parts.
The typical inclusions for a Honda service contract are component coverage which involves the engine, transmission, the electronic components and electrical system, suspension, steering systems, brake service, air conditioning, heating and cooling systems, fuel injection, drive axle (front and rear), tyre rotation, seals, gaskets and fluids.
Further add-ons would offer more benefits but could be a waste of money if your vehicle is unlikely to require it.
What is the cost of a Honda care service warranty?
So is it worth your money to have a service contract?
To determine that, find out exactly what repairs and services are covered by the service contract and research the common problems that your car model might face. Details such as cost, length, and coverage of the contract as well as the limitations and exclusions should be reviewed fully.
In general, the cost would depend on the level of coverage you require.
Ask your Honda dealer for complete details or for Honda service cost catalogues.
How do Honda services vary based on the car model?
A vehicle service is a series of maintenance procedures carried out at a set time interval or after the vehicle has travelled a certain distance. The cost will vary depending on the model and year of manufacture because both factors determine the complexity of work as well as the parts required as part of the service package.
Vehicle owners are advised to follow the suggested maintenance checkpoint in their car manual as it is essential for the health and well-being of their car.
Honda City maintenance cost
A Honda City owner in Malaysia enjoys 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage and free labour service applicable up to 6 times within 100,000km or 5 years*.
For hybrid variants, an 8 years warranty for lithium-ion battery with unlimited mileage* applies.
As an example, the current 2017 hybrid model is eligible for free labour for the first 10,000 km or first 6 months.
Now compare this to the standard Honda Civic, from 2014 whereby the labour and parts are free for the first 1 month or 1000km (whichever first), then the subsequent 10,000 km or 6 months is free labour but RM235.39 for parts (as of 01 July 2019).
*Terms and conditions apply.
Honda CRZ service cost
Both CRZ models are hybrids and maintenance costs differ little in terms of CVT (continuously variable transmission) or manual transmission. There is only one model so far which is the 2012-2013 model. The cost for both service and parts for both are free for the first 10,000 km or 6 months, whichever comes first.
The maintenance cost is typically below RM200 but goes up to RM400-600 on the 20th, 30, and 40th month.
Honda Jazz service cost
The Honda Jazz is a popular choice for urbanites and small families in Asia. In Malaysia, a Jazz owner is entitled to 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage*
Free labour service is applicable up to 6 times within 100,000km or 5 years*.
Besides the variant, the maintenance cost is dependent on the manufactured year of the vehicle.
A Honda Jazz from 2017 would enjoy free service for both labour and parts for the first month or for the first 1,000 km, whichever first.
Subsequently, the labour charges are waived for the first 6 months or the first 10,000 km, whichever comes first.
*Terms and condition applies
Honda CRV service cost
The Honda CRV has been a best selling SUV for many years. The first generation CR-V was Honda’s first in-house designed sport utility vehicle.
From the maintenance list, a Honda SUV owner could easily gauge the service cost. The newest models CRV2.0 (2WD), CRV1.5TC (2WD) and CRV1.5TC (4WD) enjoy 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage* as well as free labour service applicable up to 5 times within 100,000km or 5 years*. All 3 models enjoy free labour and parts for the first 10,000 km or 6 months, whichever first. Both CRV1.5TC (2WD) and (4WD) have low maintenance cost at below RM300 for the 60 months of usage, barring any major repairs.
*Terms and Conditions apply
Honda BRV service cost
Another Honda bestseller is the Honda BRV, a dependable full 7-Seater Crossover made for the family and adventures. A new vehicle offers 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage* and free labour service applicable up to 5 times within 100,000km or 5 years*.
As for the maintenance, it is a relatively new model with low maintenance cost. Labour and parts are free for the first 6 months or 1000 km, whichever comes first. Until the 60th month, the service cost is under RM500, ranging from RM230 – RM450. A full breakdown of the Honda BRV maintenance cost can be found HERE.
*Terms and Conditions apply
How do the service costs vary based on the miles covered?
While it is natural to assume that maintenance cost will sky-rocket as your vehicle clocks more kilometres, it does not necessarily mean that is given for every single service visit. A typical Honda vehicle service schedule is once every 6 months and not every service would require a major part change. So unless your vehicle has hit a certain service milestone, the service charge is moderately constant.
Honda Accord service cost based on kilometres
Based on the Accord’s service catalogues, the Honda Accord 1.5TC 2020 model spiked only when it hit the 30,000 km mark, as 2 vital parts, the air cleaner element and the dust and pollen filter needed to be replaced. Otherwise, the service fee remains at a steady figure of about RM105.
A 2013 Honda Accord 2.0 model has a higher base price for maintenance, and as expected, spikes of maintenance price occur at the 30,000, 60,000, 80,000 and 100,000 km mark when change of parts are required. When compared to an older model, the Accord 2.0 2008 – 2013 cost more in maintenance although the base service price is lower. This is because service is performed more frequently at 5000 km intervals as opposed to a 2013 Accord 2.0, which is performed at 10,000 km intervals.
Honda BRV service cost based on kilometres
Honda BRV owners enjoy a free 1st 1000 km service. Subsequent service checks would be RM226.30, RM292.20, RM214.99 and RM443.22 for the 10,000 km, 20,000 km, 30,000 km and 40,000 km respectively. From the BRV service schedule, the charges go above RM300/service at the 40,000 km, 80,000 km mileage and more once the BRV hits over 100,000 km.
Source: Honda Malaysia
Honda City service cost based on kilometres
The Honda City is one of the most popular sedans in Malaysia. The 2 latest models are 2014 1.5 and the 2017 Hybrid. The first 10,000 km is complimentary for both models. Subsequent service trips are due at every 10,000 km intervals.
In general, service cost is lower for the 2017 Hybrid compared to the 2014 model.
Honda CRZ service cost based on kilometres
Both the CVT variant and the MT variant are entitled to free service for the first 10,000 km.
In general, the maintenance cost is safely below RM200 but potential owners should be aware of the cost climb once their CRZ clocks 20,000, 40,000, 60,000. 80,000 km and 100,000 km.
Honda Freed service cost based on kilometres
A new Freed won’t incur service cost before its first 15,000 km. Subsequent standard service cost remains reasonably below RM200, with distinct surge in prices only at every additional 10,000 km intervals once the vehicle passed its first 20,000 km. Key milestones to watch out for are at the 40,000 km, 80,000 km and 100,000 km marks whereby the maintenance cost goes beyond RM900.
In short, the service cost for a Honda vehicle varies based on the model, the number of years on the road, the mileage as well as the owner’s treatment of it.
Following the purchase of your new Honda, it is prudent to seek repairs through factory authorized dealers, who have firsthand knowledge of your vehicle, as well as being up to date on the latest service bulletins issued by the manufacturer.
Most new cars don’t require many repairs during the first few years and if your car does need repairs, they’re likely to be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty so the service fee is likely to be waived.
However, once the warranty ceases, you should consider an extended warranty to protect your car and safeguard yourself against costly repairs.