There are some car owners who would sleep in their cars if they could. But let’s face it, no matter how in love you are with your car, you simply can’t watch over it 24/7. So in order for you to have that peace of mind, all that’s left to do is to give it the proper shelter and protection it needs while you are away.
The proper storage of any car will provide its owner or driver less worries because it ensure protection from damages, minimal deterioration, and even an easier way to get it back on the road again. And whether we’re talking about short or long-term storage, both are in need of your extra time, effort, and maybe a little bit of your budget, too.
Rapid Car Removal is a leading company in the old car removal and cash for cars Melbourne industry. With our two decades in the junk car wreckers and used car buyers industry, we have mastered the art of removing, recycling, disposing, and even storing cars. Let us help you store your car in the right way by following these simple tips:
If you need to store a car that is used almost everyday here are the things you should remember:
- Indoor storage is always better! A car cover isn’t necessary because you’ll be using the vehicle everyday. By keeping it in a roofed and secured indoor parking area or garage, you are protecting your ride from weather conditions, dust, and more.
- If you live in an area where you simply have no choice but to park your car outside, make sure to choose a spot that is nearest your place. Keep it away from trees, parks, sports fields, and construction zones, if possible. And should you have budget for it, buy a weatherproof car cover that is made from breathable fabric.
But if you need to go for a very long vacation or business trip; or if you have a sports or vintage car that you won’t be using as often, here are all the things that you must do:
1. Clear interiors and exteriors of your car thoroughly. Wax the car’s body well. If you have the means, get your car to an auto detailing center for a professional clean. Never forget to take out all the trash and unnecessary items inside your car.
2. Change oil and filter. Fresh oil will keep your engine from corrosion. Just make sure to run the engine a bit in order to circulate the fresh oil.
3. Top up your fuel. Head to the nearest petrol station and fill up your gas tank with a premium type of petrol. And to avoid the fuel being gummy, buy some fuel stabilizer and mix it with the fresh fuel. You may drive it around before heading back home to make sure the stabilizer and fuel are properly mixed in your car’s system.
4. Inflate tyres to proper pressure. Never leave your tyres under or over inflated for a long time, to avoid having flat spots on your car’s precious tyres. Double check if each of them has the recommended air pressure. If you’ll be away for more than 3 months, it is best to remove your tyres completely, or have your car jacked up in an axle stand.
5. Seal your car’s openings. To keep insects and other critters from getting into your car system, stuff openings (like air intake and exhaust pipes) with rags or plastic bags stuffed with steel wool. Close the sunroof and put the top up, if your car is a convertible.
6. Get a battery maintainer. If you want to keep your battery from freezing, toasting, and charging out, using a battery maintainer will do the trick. Make sure to connect it properly though.
7. Never use your car’s handbrake. For long-term storage, it is always a must to release your car’s handbrake. If you won’t be able to raise your car using a jack, then using chocks under your tyres are still as effective in preventing movement.
8. Inject some fresh grease. Because parts of your car won’t be used or moved for a long time, it’s best that you put some fresh grease on the greased fittings of your car – hinges, latches, locks, and more.
9. Protect your wiper blades. Keep your wiper blades from sticking permanently to your windshield. You have 2 options. One is to completely remove the blades and then store them properly. The other one is by putting plastic wraps under the wiper blades.
10. Lock and cover. Never forget to close your windows and lock your doors. Double check if you have left anything on or open. You may opt to put a car cover or not, depending on how safe and protected your car is in that exact spot.
Saying your last goodbyes or better yet, see-you-laters to your beloved ride is much easier when you know you have done your part in properly maintaining and storing it. When you get back and you see that your car is still in top shape as you have last seen or driven, you’ll know that these steps are definitely worth taking.