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With families looking at more affordable holidays this year, Toyota Australia believes road trips will be on the rise and says vehicles need to be prepared.
Taking a few preventative maintenance measures to ensure Toyotas - both old and new - run smoothly and efficiently will save Toyota owners money in the longer term.
"Of course, the best thing Toyota owners can do for the family before travelling any significant distance by road is to book their vehicle in for a service, if a service is due," says Toyota Australia senior divisional manager, sales and marketing, Matthew Callachor.
"We realise that vehicle owners may choose to forego the odd service when finances are tight, but these are the times when families can't afford preventable problems to arise and affect the reliability and safety of their vehicles," said Mr Callachor.
Toyota servicing is affordable with Toyota Service Advantage: capped-priced servicing covering all scheduled services over the first three years or 60,000 kilometres of driving, whichever occurs first from the time of purchase of a new vehicle.*
"A regularly serviced vehicle handles well, doesn't use excess fuel and is reliable on the road," said Mr Callachor.
"When serviced by expert Toyota technicians, vehicles are comprehensively tested, cleaned and tuned, emerging from the workshop in top shape."
For those Toyotas in-between scheduled servicing, Toyota dealers can provide a safety check - a vehicle once-over to bolster peace of mind when the family is on the road these holidays.
Mr Callachor says a quick look under the bonnet can help owners determine if their vehicle is due for a visit to the Toyota service centre. Low levels of oil and fluids - such as radiator coolant - and loose or worn hoses and belts are good indicators.
"If, upon basic inspection, parts and fluids of the vehicle appear worn, run down or excessively dirty, it is probable that other less visible parts of the vehicle, such as brake pads, may need servicing and replacing by trained Toyota technicians," Mr Callachor said.
"To avoid ending up stuck on the side of the road, it is better to minimise the chance of a breakdown by taking your vehicle to a Toyota workshop prior to a long trip.
"Our expert technicians use only warranty-friendly Toyota Genuine Parts, and can also fit new batteries and tyres during the service," Mr Callachor said.
*Applies to standard scheduled servicing as per normal operating conditions, outlined in the warranty and service schedule. Excludes Government and Rental vehicles and certain other exclusions apply.
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