Thursday 24th May 2012
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Buying a used car is a great way to save a bit of cash in these straightened times, but potential buyers are often put off by concerns over quality and reliability.

But Toyota is hoping to offer its customers greater piece of mind when buying a second hand car by extending its warranty programme.

The changes will mean that should any of the Toyota car parts fail on one of the manufacturer's approved second-hand vehicles, with up to 150,000 miles recorded on the clock, it will be covered by a Toyota-backed warranty.

Customers will also have the option of paying to extend this warranty to up to five years' of cover.

Toyota's Iain McCall commented: "We believe our new extended warranty programme gives our customers what they really need, with similar protection and peace of mind that come with the five-year warranty on all our new vehicles."

As the warranty will come directly from Toyota, rather than a third party, should any of the car parts fail, it will be repaired at an official Toyota Service Centre, using official Toyota replacement parts.

The owner will need to pay for scheduled annual servicing and maintenance, but there will be no cost for parts or labour.

Toyota is also aiming to give customers greater flexibility when it comes to the cost of extending the warranty.

A monthly payment plan is available that will allow customers to spread the cost over a period of up to 48 months, depending on the age and condition of their vehicle.

The warranty includes cover for MoT tests and if drivers also sign up as Club Toyota members, they will also benefit from roadside assistance.

It follows a recent survey in which members of National Franchised Dealers Association chose Toyota and sister brand Lexus as the two manufacturers with the best warranties.