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  1. In times like these when many of us are in quarantine and cities are in lock-down, you would think that our vehicles are naturally not on top of our minds. CTEK a leading global brand in the care and maintenance of vehicle batteries, is however reporting an unprecedented number of enquires from people all over the world, asking for advice on how best to look after their Battery when their vehicle is parked up for a long period of time Tony Zeal, Global Training Manager at CTEK said “We have taken so many questions from people wanting to make sure that they protect against a flat Battery – a hassle they could do without – so that when they are able to use their vehicle again the Battery is charged and the vehicle is ready to go.” Tony shares the following information and tips on what you need to consider and how best to look after your vehicle Battery when your vehicle is parked up and not being used: • A CTEK study has identified that as many as 51% of vehicles on the road today has a Battery that requires attention – by that we mean it needs charging or replacing • Modern vehicles have lots of on-board computers and security systems such as alarms, immobilisers and trackers which means the Battery can quickly become flat – by simply sitting on a shelf, a standard 12 V lead-acid Battery will be unable to start a Battery after just 6 months*, so imagine how much more quickly this will happen with all of those additional vehicle electronics! • Reports from airport carparks indicate that the number of people returning to their vehicle after a one or two week vacation, to find a flat Battery has increased. This situation would significantly worsen if vehicles were left for months rather than weeks • Proactive Battery care is needed, so that when you want to use your vehicle, the Battery is charged and ready to go – and you won’t need to risk jump-starting the vehicle, something that can damage sensitive vehicle electronics. • If your vehicle is parked next to a power supply, connect a smart Battery charger such as the CTEK MXS 5.0 to your Battery for peace of mind charging. • If you are unable to attach a charger permanently, try to charge your vehicle Battery once a month – if you are still using your vehicle for essential journeys consider sitting with the engine running for a little while before driving it to deliver additional charge to the Battery. CTEK chargers can be attached to the vehicle for long periods of time, so it’s perfect for long-term maintenance of vehicle batteries, where the vehicle will be parked up in long-term storage. Regularly using a smart Battery charger will extend Battery life and maximize Battery performance. Click here for more information about looking after your Battery in storage * If a standard lead-acid vehicle Battery was sat out of a vehicle it would lose around 0.1V per month – so for example if the vehicle was parked in March, Battery health would start to decline from June, and by September you may be unable to start a vehicle.
  2. As we are in lockdown and trying to find things to occupy our time, polishing the car seems quite popular with the majority of us. So, what do you think is the best Polish to use on your paintwork?
  3. Toyota and Lexus are partnering with the AA to provide the UK’s key workers who drive Toyota or Lexus vehicles with free roadside assistance cover, regardless of how old their car or van might be. The move will give peace of mind and support to those people whose work is invaluable in providing essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic Toyota and Lexus Roadside Assistance for key workers From today, Toyota and Lexus are extending the full benefits of roadside assistance cover to all key workers who own a Toyota or Lexus. Working in partnership with the AA, they are providing the cover regardless of whether motorists previously had Toyota Roadside Assistance or Lexus Roadside Assistance membership. The free cover is being introduced as an open-ended benefit, available until further notice, for all Toyota and Lexus vehicles, of any age. Rob Giles, Toyota (GB) Customer Services Director, said: “We want to help the health and social care workers who are supporting and caring for people in incredibly challenging circumstances, and also those whose excellent work is keeping the country safe and its essential services running. We want to give all those key people who drive our vehicles the peace of mind that help is on hand to keep them on the move if they encounter any problems with their car or van.” Extended cover for existing and recent Toyota and Lexus Roadside Assistance members Owners of new or recently purchased Toyota and Lexus models should already benefit from roadside assistance cover. The full benefits of membership are now being extended for an additional three months, at no extra cost. Those whose membership lapsed or was cancelled as of 1 February 2020 will continue to receive guaranteed cover until 31 May 2020, again at no additional cost. The cover package in summary For Toyota owners, the benefits include: – Roadside assistance throughout the UK Cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Vehicle recovery to any UK destination or recommended Toyota Centre A free replacement car for up to 48 hours Assistance for breakdowns at home Roadside assistance in 48 European countries For Lexus owners the benefits include: – Anytime roadside assistance, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the UK Cover extends to the driver using their own car, or travelling as a passenger in any other car Home start service for breakdowns at home Cover for a nominated partner, provided they live at the same address as the Lexus Roadside Assistance member European breakdown assistance Onward travel, hotel accommodation and replacement vehicle, if required Further details of the comprehensive cover available under the Toyota and Lexus roadside assistance programme, including terms and conditions, can be found here: – Lexus: http://www.lexus.co.uk/owners/roadside-assistance/ How to obtain assistance If assistance is required, the vehicle driver should call the Toyota or Lexus Roadside Assistance Team. Toyota: 0800 246824 Lexus: 0800 246866 A team member will make a verbal confirmation the caller’s key worker status and then ensure the appropriate assistance is provided. Who qualifies as a key worker? Health and social care Frontline health and social care staff, such as doctors, nurses, midwives and paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. It also includes those working in supply chains, including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment. Education and childcare Nursery and teaching staff and social workers. Public services Those whose work is required to run the justice system, religious staff, those responsible for managing the deceased and journalists providing public service broadcasting. Local and national government Administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the Covid-19 response, or delivery of essential public services, including benefits payment. Food and essential goods Those involved in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food. Public safety and national security Police, support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed services personnel, fire and rescue staff and those responsible for border security, prisons and probation. Transport Those who keep air water, road and rail passenger and freight transport operating during the Covid-19 response. Utilities, communications and financial services Staff required to keep Oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors and those working in postal and essential financial services.
  4. For those looking for something to do during the current lockdown, Toyota GB (PLC) has produced a series of templates to cut-out and build miniature Toyota GT86 paper models inspired by distinctive retro-liveried examples of the sports car. The six special GT86s were originally created for the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed to help commemorate 50 years of Toyota in the UK. How to build your Toyota GT86 (estimated build time of one hour) You’ll need access to a colour printer, some paper glue and a pair of scissors. First, download and print the high-resolution PDF of your chosen GT86 using these links, depending on which livery you like the best: Yatabe Speed Trial Toyota 2000GT Shelby Toyota 2000GT Ove Andersson’s Toyota Celica IMSA GTU Toyota Celica Castrol Toyota Celica GT-Four Esso Ultron Tiger Toyota Supra You could print the pdf document on A3 paper, rather than A4, to make the process a little less fiddly and to give you a bigger GT86 at the end. Using scissors, carefully cut out each of the three main sections (the roof and two sides) and each of the four tyre tracks from the grey background, being especially careful not to cut off the little white tabs with dots on. Fold and glue all of these white tabs, sticking them to the underside of the adjacent panel. This will pull the car into the three-dimensional shape that should resemble a Toyota GT86. Happy with your finished GT86? Toyota would love to see photos of resulting models on their social media channels: Twitter: @ToyotaUK Facebook: @ToyotaUK Instagram: @Toyota UK
  5. As we go into lockdown in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat many people are asking what help their insurance provider can give in these incredibly trying times Help from your insurer when it is needed The ABI (Association of British Insurers) is reassuring people that its motor and home insurance members are offering enhanced help and support to all their customers who may be affected by the impact of Coronavirus. The commitments include waiving any requirements to extend cover for key workers who may need to drive to different locations, people who want to help their communities by transporting medicines or groceries to support those affected by Coronavirus and office workers who need to work from home. These follow on from guidance already issued by the Financial Conduct Authority. Motor and home insurers have pledged to: Support those who need to make a claim Support those who are working from home Support those who cannot work from home Support those who use their cars to help communities Support our key workers Here, experts at Adrian Flux, one of the country’s largest independent specialist insurance brokers, answers your Coronavirus insurance questions. I have been told to work from home because of the Coronavirus, will that affect my home insurance policy? If your work is clerical in nature, working from home due to the need to self-isolate or because you have been ordered to do so by your employer because of the Coronavirus outbreak, you should be covered by standard home insurance policies. However, if you need to have visitors in the course of your work you should check with your insurer as there may be restrictions in the cover permitted. Because of my age I am advised to self-isolate for an extended period. Can I pause my car insurance? It is a legal requirement to have valid car insurance unless you register your vehicle as being off the road and apply for a SORN. In this case it may be appropriate for you to consider laid-up motor insurance cover. Even when unused and parked in a garage while you keep safe from the Coronavirus, cars can be damaged by accident or by fire and they can be targeted by thieves and criminals. With laid-up cover they remain protected but the policies are cheaper because, as they are not being driven, there is no third party or liability insurance needed. Adrian Flux laid-up insurance is available at two levels, fire and theft or fire and theft plus accidental damage, so they suit any budget and any need. I have been laid off because of COVID-19. I’m worried I may not be able to meet my insurance instalments. What should I do? One of the benefits of dealing with a specialist broker such as Adrian Flux is that we can be sensible and offer flexibility in times of uncertainty such as these. Adam Hollinger, Customer Service Floor Supervisor at Adrian Flux, explained: “We’ll do our best to arrange individual payment plans given the current climate. “Individual plans will be based on a client’s previous payment history. If the customer has a good payment record we will do whatever we can to help. But advise us in good time that you are having financial difficulties and we will help you get through it.” My car is booked for an MOT, do I still need to get it during the Coronavirus lockdown? Garages undertaking MOT tests have been deemed an “essential service” by the government, which means they’ll stay open despite the lockdown. That means your insurance could be invalidated if your vehicle doesn’t have a valid test certificate. This may change if the government decides to reclassify MOT test centres as “non essential”. If I have to self-isolate and need someone to drive my car to collect groceries or medicine, will they be insured? In these circumstances you should contact your broker and have them added to your policy as a named driver. If the new driver has car insurance that includes driving other cars and they drive yours with your permission they will only get third-party cover. If you are fully comprehensive and want to ensure damage to your own car is covered when someone else uses it, contact your broker to add the other person as a named driver to your policy. I have lost my job because of Coronavirus. What should I do and what are the financial implications on my motor insurance? Adam said: “Get on the phone to your broker and let them know what has happened and they will do their best to help you. “We’re not applying Additional Premiums for mid-term changes to unemployed customers and we won’t be issuing Road Traffic Act notices for unacceptable risks due to unemployment as a result of COVID-19. “We are doing what we can to accommodate this, please get in touch to talk to a member of the customer service team.” Will home insurance cover the cost of a deep clean to my property should it become contaminated by COVID-19? Most standard home insurance policies do not provide cover for the costs of cleaning a property, even deep cleaning in the event of Coronavirus. I have been quarantined and my home may be left unoccupied for more than the 30 day limit on my policy. Will I be covered? Insurers will be pragmatic when considering those who are quarantined and unable to return to their property within the timescales set out in their policy. However, individuals should contact their broker at their earliest convenience, Adam advised. I have volunteered to drive for those who can’t leave their homes because of COVID-19. Will my current insurance be valid? If you are using your own car for voluntary purposes to collect and deliver medicine or groceries to support people affected by COVID-19, your cover will not be affected and you will not need to notify your insurer. I’m stuck abroad in lockdown and concerned my foreign use motor insurance cover will run out. What should I do? The terms and conditions of your foreign use motor insurance policy will differ from person to person so you should get in touch to talk about your individual circumstances as soon as you can. I work for the NHS. What is Adrian Flux doing to help me? Adam said: “With immediate effect Adrian Flux has decided to waive all mid-term admin adjustment fees and insurer admin fees when NHS workers call to make changes to their policies. We think this is the least we can do to help our NHS workers during this extremely difficult time.” Need more help regards the Coronavirus and your insurance? Adrian Flux customer services can be contacted on 0344 381 6502 – lines will be very busy so please be patient. If you have questions about how Coronavirus may affect your insurance leave a comment below or email Customer Services. Last Updated on 25th March 2020 Original Article Source: https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/blog/2020/03/how-will-coronavirus-affect-my-insurance.html?utm_source=AudiOwnersClub&utm_medium=ForumLinks&utm_campaign=referrals Written by: Frazer Ansell
  6. Car enthusiasts, young and old alike, have a little more time at home these days Sorry it doesn't feature any Toyota cars, but hopefully your little ones will be happy with pictures of Audi in the short term to keep them occupied Simply print out as many different pictures as you like and get colouring 🙂 Download a copy to print out and get colouring! (click link below to start download) documents_original_6974-AudiColoringBookforonline (1).pdf Original article source: Audi News https://twitter.com/AudiNews/status/1241129753140252681
  7. With domestic hygiene high on the agenda right now, it’s important to remember it’s not just your house that needs scrupulous cleaning, as your car is one of the most tactile items you’ll own, with multiple surfaces that need special attention too During an average trip the driver and passengers are likely to be touching many surfaces that can attract dirt and germs, from opening the door to changing gear, or from adjusting the heating fan to switching the lights on. Ben Murphy, Toyota’s professional car detailer is responsible for keeping Toyota GB’s fleet of press vehicles cleaned and professionally maintained. On average, Ben cleans about 30 cars per week but in busy times this number can rise to 46. As well as ensuring high standards of vehicle hygiene, Ben has to bear in mind that meticulous car reviewers expect every vehicle they assess to look and feel as good as new. In a new short film from Toyota (Toyota tips on keeping the car germ free) Ben demonstrates 40 potential touch points around the car that need specific cleaning attention, using a RAV4 as an example. “I try to be as efficient as possible,” Ben explains. “Our cars return to our press fleet garage from all over the country and I have to think – ‘where have people touched?’. For example, a driver will probably approach the car with the key in their hand and pull on the door handle. Then there’s the steering wheel and horn, the gearstick and surprisingly the rear-view mirror, because most people adjust the rear-view mirror when they get in the car. The interior of the driver’s door is a common touch point, especially on our press fleet cars which are driven by many different people. Think about all the people who get in the car and use the controls to put the window down a bit.” Ben also has to think about other points that might get touched less frequently, such as the dust caps, the bonnet and then things like the head rests. He has a check sheet which he goes through on every vehicle to make sure he hasn’t missed any part of the vehicle before it leaves the press fleet garage. The seatbelt is a key area. Everyone has to wear one when they get into the car, and the number of times you adjust that seatbelt depends on the size of the person in the car, so there could be two to three touch points just on the seatbelt itself. Also, the belt sits across you, so if you were to cough or sneeze there’s a very good chance germs get on the seatbelt or the steering wheel. Keep your car germ free: which products to use Although Ben uses commercial products made specifically to clean cars without damaging leather or interior materials, bleach-free antibacterial wipes are the next best thing. Ben says: “They’re inexpensive and kill 99.9% of germs, so they’re as safe and inexpensive as you can get without going out and buying a really strong cleaner. With a pack of wipes, a pair of gloves and a dry microfibre cloth, you can give most of the touch points a clean. Don’t just give each area a quick wipe; make sure you wipe it at least twice in a forwards and backwards motion so you’ve cleaned it completely.’ Now wash your hands! “Every time I remove my gloves I always give my hands a good wash,” says Ben. “I wear gloves during my working day and advise people to wear gloves if they are in a vehicle such as a rental car or a taxi. You don’t know which areas of the car the previous occupants have touched and germs can stay on a spot for 72 hours. If kids are travel in your car then there’s every chance they’ve been wiping their hands on windows – we’ve all done it as children, drawing faces on the window!” 40 areas of the car to clean Toyota has put together the following list of 40 areas of the car that should be cleaned. For simplicity the seatbelts are counted as one item and if you carry others in your car, you might have to spend a little longer ensuring each of your passengers can enjoy a factory-fresh ride next time they get into your car. 1 Exterior door handles 2 Frame of door and roof 3 Interior door release 4 Window switches 5 Interior door handle 6 Door pocket 7 Seatbelts 8 Seatbelt clips 9 Seat adjust buttons 10 Steering wheel 11 Horn 12 Control stalks 13 Driver air vents 14 Dashboard 15 Power button 16 Gear shift 17 Multimedia screen 18 Central air vents 19 Heating controls 20 Glovebox 21 Log book 22 Central storage compartment 23 Cupholders 24 Rear-view mirror 25 Interior lights 26 Grab handle 27 Key 28 Head rests 29 Seat pockets 30 Rear central tab 31 Fuel cap 32 Wheel valves 33 Boot lid 34 Parcel shelf 35 Boot floor tab 36 Boot close button 37 Bonnet lid 38 Washer cap 39 Dipstick 40 Oil cap Original article source: Toyota Media https://media.toyota.co.uk/2020/03/toyota-tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-germ-free/ (25/03/20)
  8. MOTs for cars, vans & motorcycles due from 30 March 2020 From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. There’s separate guidance about what to do if your MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020. There are different temporary rules for MOT tests for lorries, buses and trailers. What you need to do You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive. Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months. ExampleYour vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020. This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date. You can check your MOT history to see when you have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away, so keep checking back if your new due date MOT is not yet showing. You will not get a paper exemption certificate. If your vehicle tax is due, you can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT due date has been updated. If your vehicle’s first MOT is due Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due. If your first MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass Your vehicle will not get an extension to its MOT due date. Your vehicle will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again. The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So you can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle: to shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible for any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person to travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home Read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others. Keep your vehicle safe to drive You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended. Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and read the rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition. Original article source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020 Published by gov.uk (25/03/20)
  9. With all the bad news thats going around lately, let's all keep our chin up with a bit of music. Let's run a "Your song of the day" using YouTube videos Pop a new song up daily and keep it going! Neil Diamond - Girl, you'll be a woman soon, what a tune and immortalised in Pulp Fiction!
  10. Toyota Gazoo Racing has been the driving force behind multiple championship titles at the highest levels of international motorsport. Now it is set to be part of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, the UK’s premier motorsports competition, with the Speedworks-engineered Corolla competing under the new Toyota Gazoo Racing UK banner The name switch from Team Toyota GB creates a formal link with Toyota Gazoo Racing, the umbrella organisation for Toyota’s international race and rallying activities. Competing in the World Rally Championship since 2017, the Toyota Gazoo World Rally Team already has manufacturer and drivers’ honours to its credit. In the World Endurance Championship, Toyota Gazoo Racing is a double winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and current champion manufacturer. And in the Dakar Rally, one of the world’s most gruelling motorsports challenges, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Hilux was the overall winner in 2019 and placed second in 2020. Toyota Gazoo Racing is about more than just competition, it is about building the teamwork and technical skills of Toyota’s people and celebrating car culture around the world by involving fans and enthusiasts in a wide range of activities and encouraging motorsports at grass-roots level. It also directly contributes to Toyota’s commitment to building ever-better cars, through experience gained on the racetrack and rally stage. Toyota Gazoo Racing is the development partner in a growing range of new Toyota GR and GR Sport models. Its technical prowess helped produce the acclaimed new GR Supra coupe and the eagerly awaited GR Yaris, the high-performance hatch that will be the basis for Toyota’s next WRC challenger. Its influence is also evident in sports styling cues for the British-built Corolla, witnessed in the newly launched GR Sport versions of the Hatchback and Touring Sports. Taking the wheel of the Speedworks Corolla this year for his seventh season driving a BTCC Toyota, Tom Ingram joins an elite crew of top British talent that has thrived with Toyota Gazoo Racing. They include Mike Conway, who is again proving his race-winning ability in the current World Endurance Championship, and Elfyn Evans, who is excelling in his first World Rally Championship season in a Toyota, winning Rally Sweden on only his second outing in the Yaris WRC. Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB Product and Communications Director, said: “We’re pleased to be able to bring our involvement in the BTCC within our worldwide Gazoo Racing activities. Just as much being about great performance and winning races, it’s a way we can help more people experience and enjoy the excitement of motorsport. We’re confident the proven race-winning combination of Tom, the Toyota Corolla and Speedworks will be doing just that through the season ahead.” Christian Dick, Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal, said: “To see the Corolla running under the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK banner this season will be a great incentive for everyone in the team and for all our fans, as it connects us with one of the world’s most successful motorsports operations. We are looking forward very much to building on our achievements during the Corolla’s debut season last year to mount an even stronger championship title challenge.” Toyota Gazoo Racing UK and Speedworks Motorsport are entering a single car in this year’s BTCC series, with the potential to increase its presence in 2021, subject to review. The new season will get under way at Donington Park on 28-29 March.
  11. The countdown has started for the launch the new Toyota GR Yaris, an all-new performance hatchback forged in the heat of the World Rally Championship. Despite its impressive pedigree as a pure-bred performance car, it carries a price tag that starts at less than £30,000 UK customers will have the choice of two versions, GR Yaris and the GR Yaris Circuit Pack, with respective on-the-road prices of £29,995 and £33,495. Specifications and further details will be announced later. Meanwhile, those keen to be among the first UK GR Yaris owners can sign up to Toyota’s “keep me informed” service for the new model, via their local Toyota centre or the toyota.co.uk website, prior to orders being accepted later in the year. First deliveries to customers are expected from November 2020. The Toyota GR Yaris is not a tuned-up version of an existing car, but an authentic performance model in its own right, with a bespoke chassis and drivetrain. It has been developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing in partnership with Tommi Mäkinen Racing – Toyota’s partner in its title-winning World Rally Championship campaign. Powered by a new 257bhp 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine, it is expected to deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds – power and speed that are on a par with a larger (and more expensive) C-segment performance car. It promises the handling to match thanks to its lightweight construction, specially developed platform, dynamic balance and new GR-Four intelligent all-wheel drive system. These sports-focused elements are key to its role as the road-going precursor of a future Toyota World Rally Championship competition car, reviving the spirit and excitement of competition homologation models of the past. Further details about the Toyota GR Yaris are available here.
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