If you’re going to put your vehicle in storage for an extended period of time, it’s important that you prepare it for storage first. There are several reasons why someone may store their vehicle for a while. You could be visiting another country for a while, going on an extended vacation or leaving down, or you could be in the military and deploying for a few months. Whatever the reason you’re storing your car, use these tips from Cars on Market to help you do it right.
- First, you should keep the vehicle covered. This means it needs to be inside a garage or a storage unit, or properly covered with a car tarp. Inside a building is always preferred since a car cover can be removed and also won’t protect from things like falling tree branches during a storm.
- Clean it inside and out. You should always do a thorough cleaning before you store your vehicle. You may even want to put on a fresh coat of wax.
- Fill up the tank. If you’re going to store it for a long time, fill up the gas tank first. This prevents moisture from building p in the fuel tank and it will also keep the seals from drying out.
- Don’t use the parking break. You don’t need the parking break in storage and if you leave it on for too long, it could short things out in the brakes.
- Keep the battery charged. Whenever possible, you need to have someone start the car every two weeks and run it for about 15 minutes. If this is not possible, your battery will lose its charge over time.
Whatever the reason you are away from your vehicle, you want to keep it in as good shape as possible, so you don’t return to issues like rotted tires or a damaged engine.