Toyota South Africa Motors has rolled out revised service plans for its new vehicles, effectively increasing the number of services available to relatively low-mileage customers.

While the total kilometre limit of each plan is unchanged, the “number of years” parameter in each instance has been changed to “number of services”.

A little confused? Well, here’s an example to clear things up: where Hilux 2,8 GD-6 double-cab derivatives (which are now available in Dakar guise) previously came standard with a five-year/90 000 km service plan, they now feature a nine-service/90 000 km plan.

And that, in theory, means a buyer of this Hilux can enjoy servicing cover for a maximum of nine years (since the set intervals for this model are 10 000 km), four more services than before.

So, these updates ultimately benefit relatively low-mileage customers who have their vehicles serviced on an annual basis rather than more than once a year. Interestingly, we have it on good authority that all Toyota service plans that were active on 1 May 2018 have already been updated to reflect the changes.

The revised plans apply to all models in Toyota SA’s line-up bar the Aygo and Land Cruiser 70 Series (neither of these ranges features a service plan as standard). The changes come after Lexus South Africa, Toyota’s luxury arm, launched its new LS500 sedan with a lengthy seven-year/105 000 km warranty and maintenance plan.

Check out how the changes affect each Toyota model below…

Toyota Etios:
Service interval: one-year/10 000 km
Old plan: two-year/30 000 km
New plan: three services/30 000 km

Toyota Yaris; Corolla Quest:
Service interval: one-year/15 000 km
Old plan: three-year/45 000 km
New plan: three services/45 000km

Toyota Avanza; GT86:
Service interval: one-year/15 000 km
Old plan: three-year/60 000 km
New plan: four services/60 000km

Toyota Corolla; Prius; C-HR; RAV4; Fortuner 4,0 V6:
Service interval: one-year/15 000 km
Old plan: five-year/90 000 km
New plan: six services/90 000km

Toyota Hilux; Fortuner (diesel); FJ Cruiser; Prado; Land Cruiser 200; Quantum (bus/van):
Service interval: one-year/10 000 km
Old plan: five-year/90 000 km
New plan: nine services/90 000km