MINI’s tlc servicing package has been awarded a special honour by Auto Express magazine in its 2004 Used Car Honours awards.

MINI tlc gives customers the opportunity to buy five years or 50,000 miles worth of servicing for a single payment of just £100. It has proved to be the most popular MINI option since the car was launched in 2001 registering a record 98 per cent uptake rate.

David Johns, editor of Auto Express said: "Anyone buying a car must take into consideration the cost of owning and maintaining the vehicle. MINI tlc eliminates the worry of five years servicing costs in a single payment of £100 – it has completely transformed the standards and expectations of main dealer service."

MINI tlc facts Another benefit of MINI tlc is that it can be transferred to the new owner if the car is sold. This has a positive effect on residual values. Jeff Paterson from Glass’s Guide, experts on used car values said: "MINI tlc is an innovation in the marketplace and is great news for new and used customers alike. For new car customers MINI tlc is fantastic value for money and helps retain the car’s value when it’s time to sell. For the used car customer inheriting tlc means removing the hidden worry of unforeseen servicing costs for a defined period. Even after five years, when MINI tlc expires, a used car sold with a full history of official MINI servicing will make it a very attractive package."

Trevor Houghton-Berry, general manager MINI UK said: "MINI tlc contributes to MINI’s impressive three year residual value of 55 per cent. Compared to comparable rivals from Volkswagen, Renault and Peugeot which retain no more than 43 per cent* of their value over three years, MINI clearly makes the best small car investment in the long term."

The MINI Cooper S was also awarded the title of ‘Best Sporting Car’ in the Auto Express Used Car Honours. Jeff Paterson of Glass’s Guide commented: "The MINI is the motor trade’s car of the moment. Dealers are fighting over them and the Cooper S is the pick of the bunch."

Published : 07/04/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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