Electric car servicing exclusions

Just as with a petrol or diesel car, there will be various exclusions and exemptions when it comes to servicing. For instance, while all the vital components will be checked and fluids topped-up, any consumables that need replacing, such as tyres or brake pads, will have to be paid for on top of the basic service cost. Some manufactures offer all-inclusive servicing packs that do include the replacement of items such as tyres and wiper blades, but these plans can be pricey.

If a component has failed due to a manufacturing fault, then if the car is still within warranty it should be replaced free of charge. However, you will be liable for the replacement of damaged parts or those that have failed outside of the manufacturer’s guarantee.

Electric car servicing costs and maintenance plans

With far fewer components that require attention and the elimination of costly and labour-intensive service items, such as oil, filters and a cambelt, maintenance costs can be much lower on an EV. In some cases the cost of a trip to the dealer can be as much as half that of a petrol or diesel.

As ever, there are two ways to pay for maintenance – in a single, one-off payment at each service, or with a prepaid plan. The latter is becoming increasingly popular, as not only does it allow you to budget ahead, it’s normally possible to pay the cost monthly or, if buying new, by bundling the cost of the servicing into your finance payments.

To give you an idea of the costs involved, we’ve compiled a table showing indicative costs of EV service plan prices compared to similar plans for ICE cars. Obviously you’ll need to contact your dealer for an exact price on your particular car.

Manufacturer/model Length of plan Cost

Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback (EV): Two years/variable miles £399

Audi Q5, Q7, Q8 petrol and diesel (engines over 2.0-litres): Two years/variable miles £629

BMW i3: Three years/variable miles £540

BMW 1 Series, petrol and diesel: Three years/variable miles £720



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