About Care by Volvo
Care by Volvo is Volvo’s own subscription service, allowing customers access to the full range of Volvo vehicles on long-term subscriptions. As the terms available are 2 years, the service will feel more like a lease than a subscription to many, but the option to extend the contract and to include insurance as part of the subscription deal is what makes Care by Volvo a subscription service rather than a lease.
Customers have access to the full Volvo range, and benefit from Volvo on Call, as well as servicing through the company. The Care by Volvo subscription is available throughout the US, in States in which Volvo operates (contact Care by Volvo for specifics).
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 full 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 24 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 $800 per month
- XC60 – from $750 per month
- XC40 – from $700 per month
- S60 – from $700 per month
- V60 Cross Country – from $750 per month
The mileage limit is set at $15,000 and Care by Volvo charge extras thereafter, with no option to purchase extra mileage bundles at this time.
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.
As subscriptions are on a fixed term, Volvo contact their customers towards the end of their 2 or 3-year agreement to see if they would like to extend, cancel or flip vehicles.
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. While the subscription, at 24 months, is long-term compared with its competitors, 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.