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Car Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car

14 July 2020

All car owners want to ensure that their car lasts for as long as possible and that it doesn’t experience any major mechanical issues or suffer superficial damage. To do so, it’s necessary to carry out some basic car maintenance. Here, we take a look at five things you can do to extend the lifespan of your Toyota.

1. Invest in a service plan

The best thing you can do to extend the life of your car is to invest in a reputable service and maintenance plan. At Toyota Al-Futtaim, we offer several maintenance plans that ensure you enjoy complete peace of mind and that your car benefits from a regular check-over that’s performed by an experienced Toyota technician. Not only do such plans guarantee the performance of your vehicle, but they also increase resale value and are fully transferable should you choose to sell the car.

2. Consider environmental factors

Where you live and the environmental conditions in which you keep and run your car can have a big impact on how it ages and wears. For instance, by the sea, corrosion caused by salty air is a major issue. Likewise, sand can damage a vehicle’s bodywork and decrease its resale value. In both cases, an aftersales product like our Rustproofing and Undercoating service is an excellent preventative car maintenance measure.

3. Keep track of when things are due for a change

Over the course of its lifetime, you’ll have to change, upgrade and repair parts of your vehicle. Things like oil and air filters eventually need replacing. While it would be nice if all of these parts needed changing at the same time, they rarely do.

Consequently, you need to keep track of what you've changed, so that you know when to next do maintenance on your car. Nowhere is this more important than your tyres. Generally, tyres should be changed every three years, 60,000 km or when the tread depth shrinks to below 3mm. Our specialist tyre service can help you do so in under an hour.

4. Little and often is the best way to extend your car’s lifespan

When it comes to performing the maintenance that will keep your car going for longer, we’d recommend abiding by one simple maxim - little and often. By carrying out regular maintenance, you stay on top of problems and prevent them from spiralling out of control.

While a little bit of muck and grime in the engine may not seem like much, over time it can cause serious motor issues and result in the need for expensive repairs. Tackling this problem with a regular Engine Flush ensures that you minimise overall costs by avoiding costly emergency repairs and maximising fuel economy and performance.

5. Use a specialist who understands your car

Finally, if you want to extend the lifespan of your car, it’s always a good idea to use a specialist who understands your particular make and model. All manufacturers have their own quirks and characteristics and a mechanic that’s worked exclusively with Toyota vehicles for several years will know what your vehicle needs.

If you’re concerned about your car, want to give it a quick check-over or are searching for a Toyota maintenance centre in UAE, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Al-Futtaim Motors.