About Care by Volvo
Care by Volvo is Volvo’s own subscription service, allowing customers access to the full range of Volvo vehicles on terms as short as 4 months (or 12 months in Illinois). Customers have access to wide range of the latest cars from Volvo, including hatchbacks and the popular XC range, and benefit from servicing and maintenance, as well as wear protection and insurance. The Care by Volvo subscription is available throughout the US, in States in which Volvo operates (contact Care by Volvo for specifics) and users have the option to drive their cars over to Canada for up to 30 days, and even to purchase their vehicles if they decide they don’t want their subscriptions to end.
How it works
Volvo assess your eligibility and go through the necessary ID and license checks before offering a price list. Then, you have a choice of the range of Volvo vehicles, with tax, maintenance, servicing, breakdown cover and insurance included. The Volvo insurance policy is part age and part vehicle based.
The subscription term is 4 months, with the option to renew, return or even purchase the vehicle at the end of this period. Volvo take their monthly subscription charge one month in advance, and any other costs incurred are charged at the end of the term or on the annual service.
Customers also have access to the Volvo helpline if they have any problems and can either collect or arrange for delivery of their vehicle.
Cost and fees
Volvo don’t charge a deposit on their vehicles but do ask for the monthly subscription payments a month in advance. The fees vary, depending on vehicle and spec:
- XC90 – from $775 per month
- XC60 – from $700 per month
- XC40 – from $675 per month
- S60 Momentum – from $650 per month
The mileage limit is set at 1250 per month with no option to extend this currently. Excess mileage is charted at $0.25 per mile.
Brands and models
Care by Volvo customers have access to several Volvo vehicles. This includes:
- V60 Cross Country
The selection service feels more like a purchase, as you can customize your vehicle by selecting trim before arranging to begin the service.
You cannot cancel your policy before the minimum 4-month period is up, but after that, you have the flexibility to cancel, extend or flip – or even purchase the vehicle.
What’s special about Care by Volvo?
Care by Volvo is a subscription service run by a car manufacturer – Volvo. For fans of the brand, or for those who want to have access to new models and favorable dealerships services, Care by Volvo makes sense. A 4-month subscription isn’t as flexible as some of its competitors, but it also allows you the option to purchase the vehicle at the end of the term, which pushes it even closer to a traditional lease business model.
However, the inclusion of insurance, maintenance, servicing and roadside assistance means that Care by Volvo operate as almost a hybrid lease/subscription company, which is a Unique Selling Point when compared with its subscription competitors.
Care by Volvo offer car subscriptions on new vehicles to drivers who meet state guidelines (varied across the US), with insurance included. As their contract lengths are 2 years, they are less flexible than many of their competitors; however, they offer all the typical features of a car subscription (tyres, maintenance, servicing, breakdown cover, tax) as well as access to their Volvo on Call service.
For fans of Volvo cars, Care by Volvo will appeal as it offers the opportunity to drive their latest models without the hassle of ownership.