While India is fighting the Coronavirus by staying indoors – one day at a time, car manufacturers are doing their part to help in the fight. Mahindra has developed a working prototype of a low-cost ventilator. Maruti and Hyundai will be doing their part to increase the supply of ventilators. In addition, carmakers have also extended the warranty and service deadlines for certain customers. The latest to join the bandwagon is Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti has announced an extension of its free services, warranty, and extended warranty. Owners whose free service, warranty and extended warranty are to end in a period between March 15th and April 30th, 2020 can avail the same up to 30th June 2020. Only the dates have been extended and all other terms and conditions of the warranty / extended warranty will remain the same. Maruti has also given some maintenance tips for its cars – as they will remain parked for an extended period of time.
For vehicles with conventional battery
- Start the vehicle and keep the engine on for 15 minutes
- Do this once a month to keep the battery in a good condition
For vehicles with Li-ion battery
- Start the vehicle and keep the headlights “ON” for about 30 mins
- Do this once a month for vehicles with smart hybrid and Lithium-ion battery
General tips for long term parking/storage
- Fill your tank – Fill up your car tank before parking as it prevents the formation of rust in the empty space. It also prevents condensation
- Change the Oil – Used oils contain materials that might damage the engine if left for a long time
- Plug the tailpipe to ensure pests don’t get inside. It also keeps moist from entering. you can also place mothballs, mousetraps and cotton balls dipped in peppermint oil
- Clean the interiors of the car and take out all the trash/junk
- If possible, put the car on jacks instead of leaving them on tires. This will help to avoid flat spots in tires and tire damage
- Cover the car with a cover that is breathable
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