Not sure how to store your car? We have compiled a list of main things to consider when storing your vehicle for the season.
1. Find a good environment
A stable, dry and secure storage area is the single most important point to remember when thinking about storing your vehicle. Protection from changes in temperature, condensation, humidity and salty air are key to avoiding rust, mold and other damage to your car.
On top of this, rodents and insects can cause considerable damage to wires, upholstery etc. so it is important that whichever storage area you choose, that it be safe from “intruders”.
Options include a home garage, well-insulated shed, professional car storage companies, or “active” car covers like our own products. We do not recommend leaving your car outside under a tarpaulin (or most car covers) which act like moisture traps.
2. Park it clean
Before you park you pride and joy for the season, give it the attention it deserves. Make those small repairs you put off until now. Check the oil. Is it time to change it? Check the other fluid levels such as brake and anti-freeze. Top up if necessary.
Wash it and remove any trash. Dry it with a chamois and make sure the underbody is dry before you park it. It will be a pleasure when you take it out next season.
3. Fill the tank
If you plan on leaving your car for more than a few months, we suggest that you fill the tank with premium fuel and a stabilizer. If it is only over the winter, this is not necessary as the fuel will easily stay stable.
4. Use a battery charger
There is nothing worse than your car not starting the day you are all excited about taking it out for the first spin of the year. Investing in an “intelligent” charger is wise as it extends the life of your battery and ensures your car will start right away.
5. Get some tire pads
Over time, tires will naturally lose air. The weight of the car pushes the tires down creating the dreaded “flat spots”. Tire ramps that “cradle” are an effective counter-measure.
Otherwise, inflate your tires to the maximum recommended pressure before you store your car.
6. Leave the hand brake off
Leaving the hand brake on longer term can make the bakes “stick” so leave the hand brake off and instead put some blocks behind the wheels to stabilize the car (or leave it in gear if it is manual).
7. Open the windows
Leaving the windows open allows air to circulate reducing mold and must. If your environment has continuous airflow – even better.
8. Call your insurer
You may be entitled to a rate reduction if the car is not in use.
9. Take some pictures.
Taking pictures before you store your car allows you to see if there has been any damage during storage and will help with eventual insurance claims.
10. Consider a tracking device
Take advantage of the latest technology by adding a tracking device. Not only will this give you piece of mind, but you may get some rate-relief from your insurer. These devices use GPS to track any movement of your car. You can configure them to send you an SMS or email if and when that happens.