Foremost Toyota dealer, Elizade Nigeria Limited, has advised motorists to take the regular servicing of their vehicles very seriously as it prevent unnecessary breakdowns and waste of money.
Elizade which recently organised a two day training for drivers on how to keep their vehicles in good conditions at all times said it was cheaper to do regular service than to carry out repairs resulting from negligence.
Elizade said when the service is delayed or denied, the engine or other major components of the vehicle are exposed to early damage and the owner may pay heavily for that.
Training for Toyota drivers
Deputy General Manager of the company, After-sales, Mr. Sayo Oluwaniyi, stated this during the two day training for Toyota drivers drawn from all over the country.
He said that it was important to service a new vehicle after the first 1000km, adding that the next and subsequent service should be done after covering 5,000km. Even when the car is not in use, it is advisable to carry out the service because the engine oil and other component could solidify or get damaged as a result of long parking.
He explained those who maintained their vehicles through regularly service spent less as they hardly embarked on any major repair work. “Maintenance is cheap; repair is expensive,” he added.
Giving example with a certain customer who drove his new car for over nine months, covering thousands of kilometres, without changing the engine oil, which later resulted to a huge problem, the Deputy Manager advised drivers to avoid such situations.
He said, “The man started noticing strange noise from the enigine; he ignored it. When it began to inhibit its movement, and it was getting out of hand, he decided to bring the vehicle here,” he explained.
According to him, the oil had become ‘cake’ and this had done a lot of damage to the engine, thus requiring a huge amount to fix the vehicle. Oluwaniyi described as erroneous the view that it was cheaper to maintain a Toyota vehicle outside than doing it at the dealer’s workshop.
He explained that accredited dealers had special tools to diagnose vehicles’ problems, used original spare parts and work with precision in accordance with the manufacturer’s direction. The process at the dealers’ workshop, he stressed, might be long but thorough and would keep the vehicle’s engine intact to the end of its lifespan.
Elizade After-sales DGM said the company had specially trained technicians to handle all kinds of problems that might be found with Toyota vehicles.