There can be many reasons why someone may need to store their vehicle for an extended period of time. Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who own a beautiful convertible you break out during the summer but store in the winter. Or maybe you are being deployed overseas or going on an extended vacation where you will not be taking your car.
Whether your car is a fancy convertible, a Dodge Ram 1500 or a family minivan, you want to make sure it is taken care of while you’re away. Leaving it parked in your driveway totally unprotected is definitely not the answer.
Below are some great tips Edmunds.com on how to properly prep your car for storage:
- Cover your vehicle. If your car will be sitting for a while, the best place to store it is indoors – whether in a home garage or a public storage facility – so the vehicle is shielded from the elements. If outdoor storage is your only option, at least consider protecting your car with a weatherproof car cover.
- Fill it up with gas. If you plan on storing your vehicle for more than 30 days, be sure to fill her up. Topping off the tank prevents moisture from building up in the fuel tank and protects the seals.
- Store it clean. Before you head out, remember to give your car a good scrub. If left to sit over time, dirt and grim will chip away the paint. A coat of wax can provide an added layer of protection while you’re gone.
- Charge battery. Idle batteries lose their charge over time. If possible, ask someone to start your car every two weeks or so and drive around for about 15 minutes. If this can’t be arranged, another option is to disconnect the negative battery cable (usually the black one).
- No parking brake. If the brake pads stay in contact with the rotors for too long, there’s a chance they could fuse. Instead, purchase a chock (tire stopper) to make sure the car doesn’t move.
- Keep your insurance. Depending on your insurance provider, canceling your insurance while your car is in storage can lead to higher rates when you resume coverage because of the gap in coverage.
- Inflate your tires. Make sure your car tires are inflated to the recommended pressure level, otherwise “flat spots” can develop as the weight of the car creates tire footprints when left stationary for too long.
At Bryant Motors we happy to answer any questions you may have about properly storing and taking care of your vehicle. For more information on car repair and maintenance, continue reading our blog.
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