FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are you doing to keep your Centre safe for customers and employees?
At this time only our Aftersales department is operating.For safety our sales department remains closed. We are putting social distancing measures in place, with clear signs throughout the showroom to support this. We are asking customers to only visit the Centre when necessary, when they are well, and with a prior appointment agreed, and wherever possible only one person per appointment, so that we can manage the number of people on site at any one time. We are regularly cleaning all spaces and surfaces throughout the Centre, including vehicles and keys which will be sanitised between every use.
Do I need to visit the Centre?
There are many cases where you may not need to visit the Centre. We can provide help and support on many topics from car maintenance to reserving a car remotely, via telephone or email. Where possible, we can collect and deliver cars at your home for servicing, in a safe way with social distancing measures in place.
At this time all visits to the Centre are by appointment for service, MOT and repair only and we recommend you contact our booking team for all sites if you need to make an appointment. For telephone number please see out CONTACT US page. We are also asking that only one person per appointment attends wherever possible.
If you or anyone in your household has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please stay at home and self-isolate in line with the Government advice.Do not visit our Centre until after the recommended isolation period.
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What should I expect if I do visit the Centre?
We are open for business, but our first priority is to keep you and our team safe, so your visit will be a little different to how it used to be:
What are your opening hours?
Our Centres will be open as follows.Please only visit if you have an appointment:
Service and Maintenance
My Service or MOT was cancelled or could not be booked because of the closedown, what should I do?
We are working to contact all of our customers who had a Service and/or MOT booked or due between 24 March and now, to reschedule bookings at a safe and convenient time.
From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans are being extended automatically by six months. Drivers must make sure their vehicle is safe to drive. See the MOT question below for more details and contact us if you have any concerns about the safety of your vehicle.
If you haven’t heard from us yet and want to make a booking, please contact us by phone or use the ‘contact us’ form on our website.
How does the 6-month MOT extension work?
If your vehicle has an MOT due date of 30 March or later, the current MOT expiry date (even if it is the vehicle’s first MOT) will automatically be extended by six months if it is eligible. This will be done about seven days before it is due to expire. This means that:
What you should to do about your MOT extension:
You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). Government advice is that you should carry out the following checks:
Every time you drive you should check:
Your vehicle’s handbook will tell you how often to check the:
The handbook will also tell you when your vehicle needs to be serviced. Please contact us if you need help finding this information.
We have some short ‘how to’ videos on YouTube that could help you with the checks above. Click here to see them.
Tread must be a certain depth depending on the type of vehicle:
There must be tread across the middle three-quarters and around the entire tyre.
How can I keep my vehicle’s battery maintained if I don’t drive for long periods?
Regular start-up of the vehicle on conventional engines (normal petrol/diesel engines) needs approximately 20 minutes of running to put back into the battery what you remove on start up, so to maintain this battery we would suggest 1 hour of running once to twice a week.
For Hybrid vehicles – the 12V auxiliary batteries are not used to start the engine, however, they are considerably smaller than those in conventional vehicles, so again 1 hour in “ready” mode once or twice a week should be enough to keep the 12V battery topped up through this difficult period.
If you have a 12V battery trickle charger, or a solar panel charger, and are confident using them, then these are a good option to keep the battery fully charged whilst the vehicle is stationary for a period of time.
For more information please read this Toyota blog article.
I’m a key worker and need my vehicle for work. How can you help?
We are working to look after all of our customers’ motoring needs but also understand that mobility is especially critical for key workers. If you are a key worker who needs repairs or maintenance on your vehicle, or needs a new vehicle to travel to and from work, please let us know and we’ll do everything we can to help.
I’ve had a letter to say a recall is due on my vehicle. What should I do?
During the COVID-19 shutdown, the DVSA temporarily paused the requirement to complete recalls. Now our workshop has reopened, we will complete the work on your vehicle as soon as safely possible. We are working to contact our customers to schedule appointments, but if you are concerned, or your letter states that you must not drive the vehicle until the work has been done, please contact us so we can arrange a convenient appointment.
When will I get the vehicle I ordered?
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted our ability to deliver both new and used cars. As soon as we are able to reopen our showroom a member of the team will be in touch with you to update you on your vehicle.
Used Car Purchases and Reservations
For used cars reserved before the lockdown or during it, we will be prioritising preparation of your vehicle as soon as our workshop is able to do so safely and our sales team are available to arrange deliver. Our team will contact you when we have any updates.
New Car Orders
New car production has been impacted because our manufacturers and their suppliers had to stop work at a number of manufacturing facilities worldwide to protect the health and well-being of team members. At this stage, we are unable to confirm when production will return to normal or when new cars affected will be delivered. We are very sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes. If your car was built before the shutdown, we will work hard to organise delivery as soon as we can do so safely.Our team will be in touch when we have any updates.
If my new vehicle order is late, will this affect the price I have to pay?
The purchase price of your vehicle will not change, but it may be subject to an increase in VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) as these rates changed on 1 April.
Can I buy a new or used vehicle now?
Unfortunately, at this time our sales departments remain closed for the safety of our customers and staff.We are working hard towards preparing the site to allow us to open, hopefully as early as 1st June, and are waiting for the Government to relax restrictions on retails shops.
Our website is up-to-date with all of our prices and offers, and you will find full details of all of the used cars we have available. We have a small number of people available on line to answer your questions.You are also able to reserve any of our used cars via our website.This fully refundable reservation fee means the car will be there when we open and you are able to come and view.If for any reason you decide it’s not for you we will refund the fee, no quibbles, no questions.See our website for full details.
If you want to see one of our new showroom display vehicles or used cars, we can arrange for one of our team to give you a call to arrange an appointment for you to visit the Centre at a safe and convenient time as soon as we reopen. We’ll be keeping all vehicles locked and sanitised between each use, but a member of our team will happily unlock the vehicles for you to explore in person.
If you want to test drive a new or used car, we will work with you to find out the best way to do this in a safe and convenient way. Where possible, we will bring the car to your home or workplace. Regardless of whether your test drive is at the Centre or your home or work, we will fully sanitise the vehicle and keys before and after you use it, and maintain social distancing procedures throughout.
If you decide you do want to buy a vehicle, we will talk you through ways you can do the whole process remotely, with electronic document exchange and contactless delivery. Ask a member of our team for full details.
My Motability Scheme car is due for renewal. What should I do?
The Motability Scheme was affected by COVID-19 and the closure of dealerships. Customers approaching the end of their lease during the shutdown were issued automatic extensions and insurance cover certificates.
The scheme was temporarily closed for new orders.
For the very latest information, visit the Motability website here.
As soon as we are able, we will add updated Motability prices to our website and contact customers due for renewal.
Toyota First Trade Parts
I am a trade customer. How can I get my parts?
At this time we are open for collection of parts from Sheffield Toyota and to protect your safety, and that of our teams, we have implemented safe social distancing procedures for all Parts collections. When you visit our Showroom to collect parts we would ask that you contact us to arrange an appointment in advance, so we can have your parts ready to minimise the length of your wait. All collections are from the side of the building, there is no need to enter the showroom. We ask that all payments are electronic, via credit or debit card, or bank transfer, to avoid the handling of cash.
From 18th May 2020 you will be able to book for your trade parts to be delivered from both Sheffield and Doncaster sites.
Please contact our Parts team to discuss your requirements