Volvo Cars USA has recently announced that they’re going to offer free towing for life for any Volvo car with its Tow for Life program. It doesn’t matter what year, make, or model of Volvo it is, and it doesn’t matter if the warranty has already passed. Volvo will take care of the towing cost. But how will this work? We’ll explain the details – including some information that Volvo drivers should know about ahead of time.
What is Volvo Tow for Life and how does it work?
The program is called Tow for Life, and it now extends to all Volvos. Basically, it means that if a driver of a Volvo gets stuck somewhere and needs a tow, Volvo will send a tow truck and cover the cost of the tow. The only thing is that the vehicle must be taken to a Volvo retailer within a 25-mile radius.
Does it really apply to all Volvos?
Even a clunker that’s well-loved and far past its prime will be covered under the program, regardless of whether the warranty has expired. So, a driver who gets stranded on the side of the road when their car quits on them can get a tow. A tow truck will come to the rescue.
The reasoning behind taking the cars to Volvo retailers is that this will mean that drivers can get their cars repaired using genuine Volvo parts. However, it also means the driver doesn’t get to choose where they want the car taken. They can’t get the car taken to their local auto shop or their trusted mechanic who has a shop specializing in European cars. So, that’s one of the details about the Tow for Life program that Volvo drivers need to know about.
So, it’s an interesting tidbit of towing news. It will be interesting to see whether towing companies end up getting an upswing of calls to take Volvos to dealerships so the owner doesn’t have to cover the towing cost (Volvo will.) But maybe many Volvo owners would rather take on the towing charge themselves so they can get their car taken to their local mechanic. It all depends on the driver.
(It’ll also interesting to wonder if Volvo retailers will see an increase in customers or repair jobs due to the Tow for Life program. For drivers of Volvos who take their car to a dealership’s service center when they need repairs anyways, this program sounds great. They don’t have to handle the towing bill if they break down on the side of the road. But for drivers who prefer a third-party auto repair shop, there may not be too much incentive to use the program.)
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