Maintaining Your New Toyota - Little Tips that Make a BIG Difference
New car maintenance is more than just abiding by scheduled services and warranty obligations, but that is definitely a good place to start.
In addition to the standard maintenance mentioned above, there are a number of things you can do to ensure your new Toyota stays fresher for longer.
New car maintenance
There are a number of little things you can do for your car that make a big difference in the longevity of your vehicle. Not just mechanically but also physically.
- Wash, wax and polish your car – Washing, waxing and polishing are basic 101 maintenance to looking after your car. Not only does it keep your car looking in top condition, it also protects your paint job and ensures the vibrancy and coat is maintained.
Washing your car regularly - particularly when you live on the Sunshine Coast - is crucial. Salt water can cause some serious damage to not only your paint work but also the body of your car.
Park undercover – Park your car undercover to keep it out of the sun and away from trees. Heat, sunlight, and bird and bat excrement cause fading and sometimes lead to the paint cracking. This not only ruins the appearance of your car but can also result in rust damage if left untreated.
Toyota is among the most reliable car brands in Australia. Toyota parts are high quality so by taking these small actions when it comes to paint protection, you can expect your car to live long and prosper.
Regular upkeep – Maintaining regular upkeep of your vehicle will not only ensure your car drives better and gives you a safer driving experience, it will also make your car last longer. Take care of those little things like:
Tyre pressures: If they are low, top them up to the recommended pressure. This, along with a wheel alignment, will help your tyres to wear evenly and offer the most fuel efficient ride.
Windscreen wiper blades and washer fluid: Top up and change as needed. These can be a lifesaver when the weather is chaotic, you live in dusty regions, or enjoy going for a drive on the beach.
General inspection: Do a general walk around inspection from time to time to look for anything out of place. Is there any oil leaking?
High quality fuel – Some premium fuels contain more detergent additives. This can prevent carbon deposits and 'clean' the internal parts of the engine, in addition to improving long-term reliability and fuel consumption.
Mechanical sympathy – Naturally the first thing you want to do when you get a new car is push it to its limits, however this is not ideal long-term. Drive your car with respect, and most of all, drive to its capabilities. Hot tip: this will also save you money in fuel as if you drive your Toyota to its optimum rev range, your car will serve you well in terms of fuel efficiency.
Clean the interior – new car maintenance doesn’t just mean the engine and the exterior. The interior is just as important. A vacuum, Armor All wipe down, window clean and a bit of love goes a long way in keeping your car in its best condition. That new car feeling is something you don’t want to lose.
It doesn’t take much to keep up your new car maintenance, but those little things, along with regular Toyota servicing, will make a massive difference in keeping your Toyota in the best condition for as long as possible. If you’re short on time, Ken Mills Toyota offers a car washing service. Get in touch with our friendly team today!