Mazda Australia will not offer free engine oil changes for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the service being offered by the Japanese brand in the US.
Mazda's initiative in the US – which it claims will cost at least $5 million (AU$7.9 million) – will be offered until 4 May to healthcare workers nationwide, allowing them to have the engine oil in “most makes and models” of cars changed for free, regardless of whether they are a Mazda or not.
However, when contacted by CarAdvice to see if the local division would follow suit, Mazda Australia said it has no plans to introduce the free service locally.
“At this point, [the service] is not something we’re looking at,” a Mazda spokesperson told CarAdvice.
"We’re constantly monitoring the situation and maintaining contact with dealers and customers to ensure we are able to support them."
The US wing of Mazda does note some cars are not eligible for the offer, including certain exotic and classic models, and vehicles with "special manufacturer requirements" or oil capacities greater than eight quarts (7.57 litres).
The move follows a series of initiatives introduced by the car industry during COVID-19 to assist the health industry and reduce unnecessary risk of exposure to the virus including using their advanced manufacturing facilities to design and produce ventilators, masks and gowns.
Last week, Hertz Australia announced an allocation of free cars available to healthcare workers to reduce viral exposure on public transport.
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