Not driving as much as usual? With the ongoing pandemic, most of us are covering less miles, some none at all. How do you keep your car in tip top condition if it’s not being used? Here you’ll find our top tips for preparing your car for storage.
How can I prepare my car for storage?
Cover your car if you can. Leaving an unused car outside for long periods of time will accelerate it’s deterioration. Use a garage, car cover or alternatively a storage company. Make sure your chosen location is secure and safe.
Don’t leave the handbrake on
Leaving your handbrake on for long periods of time can cause it to fuse. Use a chock or a piece of wood securely in-front or behind the wheels to stop any movements.
Keep it clean
Always clean a car before storage of if you aren’t going to be using it for a while. Rain water will damage a car. As it evaporates, pollution and contaminates are left behind, ruining that wonderful paint finish.
Top up the tank
Topping up the tank will leave little room in the tank, minimising the chances of condensation build-up.
Protect the battery
If you’re leaving your car unused for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to invest in a battery trickle charger.This will maintain your car’s battery level so when you are ready to go, it is too!
Start the engine
This is optional, but if you don’t want to put additives in your fuel system then consider starting the car every few weeks and running it for around 20 minutes. This will circulate fuel and oil, and keep the engine lubricated. Don’t leave your car running in a garage or unventilated area.
If you aren’t planning to use the vehicle in a while, declare SORN (Statutory Off the Road Notice) meaning you won’t need to tax or insure the car. Although we’d recommend you maintain the insurance, just in case something happens to the car.
Ready to hit the road again? Make sure you perform checks to ensure your vehicle is road worthy.
- Check your tyre pressures and fluid levels
- Carry out an inspection under the bonnet and under the car to ensure nothing is lodged in there or that any wires have been chewed through
- Check the handbrake and brake operation
- If the battery has been disconnected or has been on a trickle charger, reconnect it
- Once the car is back up and running, book it in for a service at your local garage
- Remember to insure and tax the vehicle, and make sure it has a valid MOT before taking it on public road.