long-term-storage

You finally bought the car of your dreams. You worked so hard to be able to get that car and had fun driving it throughout the summer and fall. Now that the roads are snow-covered and slippery, there’s no way that you’d drive your car around and subject it to corrosive road salt. You’re planning on giving the car one last farewell drive and then you’re putting it into storage.

Some preparation needs to be done before putting your vehicle into storage. These tips will ensure that your vehicle is in good shape when it’s time to put it on the road again.

Location

Location is one of the most important things to consider when looking for a vehicle storage area. Rain, snow, sunlight, moisture and wind can all be extremely destructive to a vehicle. You’ll want to store your vehicle in a clean, dry and secure place. An indoor storage facility or a garage would be an ideal place to store your vehicle.

If you let it sit on the street for an extended period of time, you may find your vehicle littered with rust and rodents.

Prevent flat spots

Flat spots and dry rot is one of the most common concerns for vehicles that will be stored for an extended period of time. To help compensate for the air loss, we recommend that you over-inflate your tires by a few PSI. Also, arrange for someone to get the car out for a short drive every now and then.

If such an arrangement is not possible, it might be best to just to take the tires off and place the car on jack stands at all four corners. Once you take the vehicle out of storage, remember to check the air pressure to make sure that the tires are inflated to the owner manual’s recommended pressure.

Keep the battery charged

The battery will lose its charge over time if the car is not being used. With the car parked in its resting place, the battery should either be removed from the vehicle completely, connected to a battery charger or disconnected. This is recommended if you plan to store your vehicle for a few months.