Using a brand new Sprinter Van will become easier and more cost‐effective in 2013 for business owners who need peace of mind when it comes to managing their fleet of vans. Sprinter Care Lease, a fixed‐payment, comprehensive leasing and maintenance package, is now available from authorized Mercedes‐Benz and Freightliner dealers in the United States selling Sprinter Vans. Sprinter Care Lease offers one consistent payment for a leased Sprinter and includes coverage for preventive maintenance and replacement of common wear items, plus an extended limited warranty.
Sprinter Care Lease is being offered by Daimler Truck Financial and Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services, the captive finance units supporting Daimler Trucks North America and Mercedes‐ Benz USA franchised dealers and customers, respectively.
"This is a game‐changer for the small and medium‐sized business owner with a fleet of vans, because it helps minimize the biggest threat to small businesses, which is unknown and unforeseen liabilities," said Scott Ames, National Fleet Accounts Representative for RBM of Atlanta North, a Mercedes‐Benz dealership.
Ames added that with Sprinter Care Lease, small or medium‐sized businesses can give their companies a facelift every 3‐5 years with new vehicles and still have predictable costs. Sprinter Care Lease provides the business owner with choices on how to structure their lease depending on specific business needs. Plus, the length of term and the total mileage options range from 36 months and 60,000 miles all the way up to 60 months and 150,000 miles.
One choice of lease structure is the Fair Market Value (FMV) lease which enables the customer to turn in and walk away from the vehicle at the end of the term with no residual value obligation. It offers lower payments than retail financing and avoidance of risks and responsibilities associated with vehicle ownership.
The other lease structure is a TRAC or Terminal Rental Adjustment Clause lease which is the most common structure used for commercial vehicles and fleets. TRAC offers lower monthly payments than retail, no excess wear and tear charges and multiple options for disposition of the vehicle at the end of the lease, plus other attractive features.
The preventive maintenance package includes coverage for the most common maintenance tasks and, at specified mileage intervals, specifically includes:
- Oil and filter changes
- Periodic inspections
- DEF reservoir fill
- Brake & tire checks
- Automatic transmission: Oil & filter
Additionally, covered wear items include:
- Windshield wipers
- Brake pads & sensors
- Brake rotors
Sprinter Care also includes an extended limited warranty in the unlikely event that a covered component fails after the original factory warranty expires. This coverage includes components and parts of the engine, transmission, rear axle, audio systems, cooling system and climate control.
"This is the type of one‐price monthly payment package that our customers have requested to manage their businesses with greater efficiency and cost‐control," said Ron Storz, General Manager, Business Development, Daimler Truck Financial.
In addition to the Sprinter Care Lease product, Daimler Truck Financial and Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services offer retail financing and FMV, TRAC and Zero TRAC lease options.
Sprinter enjoyed a record‐setting sales year in 2012, selling nearly 21,000 units through Mercedes‐Benz and Freightliner dealers.
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