If you’ve decided to rest your car while Old Man Winter’s in town, it’s advised that you take the necessary precautions to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. Here are 7 tips for storing your car during the winter so that it will be ready to roll come spring:
Store it indoors – Snow, ice and wind can cause damage to an idle vehicle over a long period of time. If you have the option to give your car shelter, do it. If that’s not a possibility, don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world and your vehicle will still be safe stored outside if you take the proper precautions.
Make Sure the Windows are Rolled Up – Seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people come back to their car after a couple months and are cursing themselves for this stupid mistake. Take the time to double check.
Remove Anything Inside That Might Freeze – Electronics and faceplates are the most common things people forget about that will not fare well in freezing cold weather. Be sure to remove anything that not only you think may not last through the winter, but anything of value in general.
Remove the Battery – Some people recommend it, some people say it’s unnecessary. But if you live in an area that’s going to have extremely cold weather ahead, it’s probably better being safe than sorry and removing the battery for the winter so it doesn’t freeze.
Park the Car on Boards – Don’t let the tires sit on cold concrete. The surface will absorb the moisture out of the rubber and damage the tire. The last thing you need when you want to take your vehicle out again in the spring is unexpectedly having to change all four of your tires.
Keep her Warm – If you’re able to, it’s recommended to start your car every 2-3 weeks while it’s hibernating for the winter.
COVER YOUR CAR!!! – Whether it’s being stored outdoors or indoors, it’s definitely wise to keep your car protected with a cover through the winter months. The obvious outdoor elements will be rough on your naked car and even indoor hazards such as dust, dirt and other airborne toxins can be harmful to your vehicle. Keeping your car covered is the best way to keep it in pristine condition for the winter.
Follow these 7 tips and your vehicle will be well rested and ready to go come spring!