How to Prepare Your Vehicle For Storage
Maintenance is important for any vehicle. But not every car is used for daily commutes. Whether your car is your primary vehicle, or only used on occasion, some maintenance is needed. For cars that aren’t used often, some upkeep is needed to ensure that the car is ready for a trip after time in storage. Check out these tips to help prepare your vehicle to go into storage.
Get Your Car Washed
Getting your car washed before it’s put into storage can help protect the paint. Debris that is stuck on the car could erode the paint while it sits in storage. Don’t forget to clean out tires and other hard-to-reach areas. You can also opt for a pre-storage waxing.
Keep It Covered
Make sure that your car is protected from the elements. A garage or indoor storage facility are good options. If your car must be stored outside, place a weather-proof cover over it to help minimize exposure.
Add Stabilizer and Fill the Gas Tank
Adding a stabilizer to the gas tank. This will help preserve the gas over a long period of time. After adding stabilizer, top off the tank with gas. Doing so will help prevent moisture from building up and avoid the seals from drying out over time.
Top Off Fluids
In addition to adding gas, top off fluids in your car. These include: brake fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. You should also change your oil before putting your vehicle into storage. It’s recommended to take your car for a quick drive after filling up the fluids to help them circulate through.
Over time, there could be fluctuations in your car’s tire pressure. Adding some air to inflate the tires will help them last longer. Another option is to remove the tires completely and place the car on jack stands.
Pesky rodents and animals may see your car as a warm winter shelter. Prevent these creatures from taking refuge in your car. Look for areas where animals may enter, such as the exhaust pipe, and cover them. One good option is to plug these holes with steel wool.
Mind the Battery
Without use, your battery loses power. If possible, have someone turn on the car every few weeks to help maintain the battery. If that’s not an option, then you may want to disconnect the battery. Another option is to get a trickle charger. This connects to the car battery and is plugged into the wall. It gives the battery enough electricity to help maintain its power.
Talk to Your Agent About Auto Insurance
Canceling your auto insurance may seem like a good way to save a few dollars while your car is stored away, but it could end up costing you. If something were to happen to your car while it is in storage and you lack coverage, all the costs would be out of your own pocket. If you cancel your policy, it could appear as a gap in coverage in the future. Talk to your agent about coverage options while your car is in storage. They can help you figure out the best way to help protect your car!