Toyota has been the most successful land vehicle brand in Nigeria till date.
Over the years, Toyota Motor Corporation has proven that reliability from a car is very possible no matter how big or small the size of the car. Toyota is a car that is very user friendly starting from its ease of repair, availability of parts, fuel economy, interior comfort and lastly the ease of upgrading across year models.
The Toyota Prado, for example, can be facelifted from a 2009 year model to a 2019 year model.
Toyota is an automotive manufacturer that produces cars that the average Nigerian can afford. It is no surprise that you would find a lot of cars like the Toyota Corolla and Toyota Camry everywhere you go in Nigeria. Is it weird that cars of Japan have taken over the world today? That is because they are the most affordable and reliable.
The most common car model in Nigeria right now
Amidst all these good remarks about Toyota, one question still needs to be answered. 'How much does it cost to service/maintain Toyota Cars in Nigeria?' or better still, 'is it expensive to maintain a Toyota ?' I would be answering these questions and more on this article for you. If you want to be very sure about how much it costs to maintain a Toyota car in Nigeria, then you are reading the right article.
First off, we start with the type of maintenance a Toyota needs.
What Maintenance does a Toyota need?
A Toyota car has only one rule; 'do not stress me and I would not stress you'. In order not to stress your Toyota passenger car whether it is a sedan, hatchback, pick-up truck or an SUV then you must always perform a basic routine maintenance service every 5000 miles if you bought it brand new or it has mileage below 100,000 miles. If your Toyota has mileage over 100,000 miles then you should take it in for basic service every 4000 miles.
Synthetic engine oil for Toyota cars is used when it has not exceeded a 100,000km mileage because it is better for the health of your engine. Mineral/conventional oil should be used on Toyota cars with over 100,000 miles because your engine has done so much work and it needs a thicker oil for lubrication.
To know the exact engine oil specification for your Toyota car, check the engine oil cap on the engine or the car's manual. Most Toyota cars use the SAE 5W-30 rating.
Every 10,000 miles, you need extensive maintenance on your car.
It doesn't matter if your Toyota is new the suspension system needs to be checked always because of Nigerian roads
This is the car maintenance routine where an in-depth inspection and diagnosis is carried out and the following parts of your Toyota :
|The System||What the technician should look out for|
|Braking system||Brake pad level, brake fluid level, condition of brake discs and calliper.|
|Tyres||Wear and tear, tightness of wheel nuts|
|Engine performance||Spark plug health, Ignition coil health, Abnormal engine vibration and sound|
|Suspension system||Abnormal sound from shocks/struts/arms, the health of shock absorber pads and bushings|
|Steering system||Driving shaft health, linkages and joint of steering condition|
|A/C system||A/C Filter for dirt|
|Ignition system||Fuel Nozzles for dirt|
|Electric Motor system||Performance of the Electric motor|
The same maintenance principle applies to Toyota Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius.
Try and create a car maintenance checklist for yourself if you drive a Toyota car based on the 8 areas I mentioned above. This is the only way to find out If there is a need to replace any part of your car before it breaks down and disgraces you on the road.
Tick your maintenance checklist every 10,000 miles to very well rest assured
When do I know when to service my Toyota?
Monitoring your car mileage is very easy. Toyota service centres and most standard automobile workshops in Nigeria have a service tag that indicates when next your car is due for basic service then just have it at the back of your mind that your 3rd car maintenance schedule for a basic car servicing should involve the extensive car maintenance. There is an offer you should be aware of, Toyota dealerships in Nigeria give free service for the first 100,000km.
You have a phone, set it as a reminder.
What do I need for maintaining and servicing my Toyota?
For basic maintenance, the only two materials you need is an engine oil and oil filter. The car workshop where you service your car should have a trusted engine oil and oil filter brand it uses for Toyota cars so you should use the same.
There are different qualities for replacement parts of Toyota cars in Nigeria. We have the authentic OEM parts that are recommended by Toyota, we have 'China parts' which are replica parts with lower quality, we have 'Tokunbo parts' which are authentic or OEM parts that have been slightly used by Toyota car owners abroad and we have 'follow come' parts which are parts taken out from an accident or salvaged car in Nigeria/Abroad.
A view of Ladipo Market Lagos; home of spare parts
It is a Toyota, forget the myth about non-authentic parts damaging your car. It is safe to use any of these parts for the car as long as it is what you can comfortably afford. Authentic parts just last longer than the remaining types of parts because they are manufactured with better processes and materials.
For instance, if you replace your Toyota Corolla with an authentic OEM shock absorber it will last as long as the original shock absorbers that came with the car when it was brand new. The other types of parts would probably last only half as long as the authentic one but would work perfectly during the duration of use.
What is the cost of maintaining a Toyota in Nigeria?
The average amount of workshops in Nigeria charge to service Toyota cars is ₦5,000 as service charge excluding money for replacement parts and materials you need. The average cost of synthetic engine oil is ₦10,000 and normal engine oil is ₦5,000 averagely for 4 litres while oil filter averages at ₦4,000. This puts the total average costs of servicing any Toyota car at ₦25,000 naira. The lowest amount you can spend on servicing a Toyota car is ₦7,000 naira while the highest is ₦60,000 for basic maintenance.
This is what the Oil Filter looks like
While extensive maintenance has an added charge that ranges from ₦5,000 to ₦25,000 depending on the workshop rate. Other costs of maintaining a Toyota car includes money you spend on fueling your car daily/weekly, transmission fluids, coolants then washing and polishing materials.
The cost of maintaining cars like the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the regular Prius Hybrid will be more expensive because Hybrid electric vehicle technology is still very new in Nigeria. The technical expertise is, therefore, more pricy.
Common Toyota problems in Nigeria
Toyota is manufactured in a mid-range level based on car strength and this makes it very vulnerable to bad roads thought there are some Toyota cars designed to tackle bad roads in Nigeria. The two common problems for Toyota cars in Nigeria are; suspension related just because of bad roads and Overheating issues. Troubleshooting for overheating in Toyota cars can be tricky but the suspension faults can easily be detected.
A broken-down Toyota Sequoia due to bad maintenance
Other common problems attributed to Toyota cars are :
- Transmission related problems.
- Brake/ABS related problems.
- Engine deterioration problems.
- Wearing out of the interior.
- After 2 years of use, the remote battery could run-flat.
The cost of Toyota repair service/labour charges varies based on the rates of the automobile workshop where the repairs will be done.
How to maintain a Toyota in Nigeria
Toyota cars are one of the easiest brands of cars to maintain and by following these tips, your Toyota car would be just fine:
- Never engage gears until the car comes to a complete stop.
- Always use the recommended fluids and coolants.
- Always inspect the tyres weekly.
- Always pay attention to the engine responsiveness when driving uphill.
- Drive carefully around uneven road areas.
- Always monitor the temperature gauge to avoid overheating in your Toyota car caused by many faults.
- Replace your car remote battery every 18 months.
- Pay extra attention to weird sounds coming from the car when it is driving.
- Regularly clean the interior of your Toyota.
- Perform tyre rotation every 50,000 miles.
If you inspect your tyres weekly, this won't easily happen except its an accident
Costs of common replacement parts for Toyota cars
|Part||Authentic Price||Tokunbo Price||China Price|
|Pair of shock absorbers||₦45,000 - ₦200,000||₦30,000 - ₦70,000||₦20,000 - ₦50,000|
|Spark plugs||₦12,000 - ₦40,000||₦5,000 - ₦15,000||₦3,500 - ₦7,000|
|Linkages||₦10,000 - ₦18,000||₦5,000 - ₦10,500||₦2,000 - ₦7,000|
|Tie rods||₦10,000 - ₦45,000||₦8,000 - ₦15,000||₦6,000 - ₦15,000|
|pair of ball joints||₦15,000 - ₦38,000||₦10,000 - ₦25,000||₦7,000 - ₦25,000|
|set of Ignition coils (4,6 or 8)||₦30,000 - ₦80,000||₦20,000 - ₦40,000||₦16,000 - ₦40,000|
|Fuel Nozzles||₦30,000 - ₦80,000||₦20,000 - ₦40,000||₦16,000 - ₦40,000|
|Complete Fuel Pump||₦50,000 - ₦200,000||₦30,000 - ₦75,000||₦25,000 - ₦100,000|
|Wiper blades||₦2,500 - ₦7,000||N/A||₦500 - ₦2,500|
|Pair of brake pads||₦12,000 - ₦25,000||₦4,000 - ₦15,000||₦2,000 - 15,000|
|Engine seat/mounts||₦15,000 - ₦40,000||₦7,000 - ₦20,000||₦7,000 - ₦25,000|
|Engine replacement||₦1,200,000 - ₦3,500,000||₦45,000 - ₦750,000||N/A|
|Pair of Shock absorber pads||₦20,000 - ₦40,000||₦10,000 - ₦25,000||₦7,000 - ₦20,000|
|Windscreen replacement||₦45,000 - ₦120,000||N/A||₦15,000 - ₦60,000|
All Toyota parts above can be gotten across the country with any Toyota dealership and spare parts market. Ladipo market in Lagos, Nigeria is the biggest spare parts market for Toyota replacement parts in Nigeria.
Some common Toyota service centres in Nigeria
- Elizade Nigeria
- Toyota Nigeria
- Metropolitan Motors
- R.T. Briscoe
- Germaine Auto Centre
- Mandilas Enterprise
>>> Here is a comprehensive list of Toyota service centres in Lagos
Here are the basic maintenance tips every Toyota owner must know in just 2 minutes :
Toyota as an automobile manufacturer has done its best to make sure that all cars under the Toyota Motor Company umbrella remain reliable as daily driver cars in Nigeria despite the harsh conditions that the cars get exposed to. It is only mandatory that you maintain your Toyota vehicle the right way as I have specified in this article: How much does it cost to service/maintain Toyota Cars in Nigeria?
It will cost you nothing to check around your car weekly
I just really hope that Nigerian technicians catch up fast on Electric vehicle and Hybrid technology so that Nigerians will no longer be scared of buying Toyota Electric Vehicles.
An all-electric vehicle is a major solution to making the world free of gas pollution from machines. It would be an eyesore if Nigeria cannot adapt to the new trend in the world because there are no technicians to maintain these cars.
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