Congratulations on the purchase of your new Toyota! You have made the right decision, and followed in the steps of millions of other happy motorists. Everyone knows that there are certain car marques you should steer clear of, and some that offer reliable, practical and economical vehicles.
I am pleased to say that Toyota cars are the ones you should only consider for your future car purchases!
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Of course, I am somewhat biased as I am a big Toyota fan. But I am justified in what I say because, having owned scores of vehicles from other manufacturers in the past, Toyota cars have never let me down.
Although Toyota cars are highly regarded and very reliable, like all cars they are mechanical devices and so need periodic maintenance in order to ensure their longevity.
On that note, here are some top tips to help you keep your new Toyota in tip-top condition, so that you can benefit from many years of happy, trouble-free motoring!
Learn about your car
You will have doubtless figured out the basics of your new Toyota, but there will be lots of features that you don’t know about on your new car. In order to familiarise yourself more with your new Toyota, it is best to take the time to read the car’s owners manual.
The great thing about your owners manual is that it will give you detailed information on your car but not leave you confused with technical terms and other jargon. Your owners manual will most likely have been handed to use when you collected your car, but if not, check in the glove box as the dealership will normally store it in there.
Follow recommended maintenance schedules
The owners manual for your car will normally include a separate document that details when you should have certain maintenance work carried out on your new pride and joy.
Such information will include minor and major services, brake fluid changes, timing belt replacements and various mileage or age-related inspections. I strongly urge you to adhere to these maintenance schedules, as they will ensure your car’s longevity and prevent you from being stranded on the side of the road.
If you have bought your new car from Inchcape Toyota, you should contact them if you are not certain when you should be booking your car in for a particular type of service. Alternatively, surf the World Wide Web and find out more about your car’s servicing and maintenance schedules online.
Clean your car regularly
Cleaning your car doesn’t just make it look like it’s in showroom condition, but there are also a number of other benefits that Toyota owners sometimes aren’t aware of:
Safety – windscreens, other windows, front and rear lights should always be kept clean to minimise the risk of a collision due to poor visibility;
Corrosion – the paintwork on all cars is covered with a thin protective coat called lacquer. If this top coat breaks down or is chipped by debris from the road, it can cause body panels to rust. By cleaning your car regularly, you can easily spot these problems and get them remedied before it’s too late.