Posted on: 16 November 2019
Some cars aren't meant for use in the winter. If you have a vehicle that you plan to park for the entirety of winter and want to be sure that it's protected for the next several months, there are some things that you can do to ensure the condition is protected. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you prepare your vehicle for a winter of protected parking.
Lease a Vehicle Storage Unit
Whether you have a garage or not, you probably don't want to keep your good car in the garage over the winter. You want to be able to use the garage for the daily driver that gets you around through all of the bad weather. Instead of using up your garage space, parking in the yard under a car cover, or buying one of those cheap portable garages for it, look into the vehicle storage facility near you.
These facilities can be indoors or out and the prices will vary. Some of them are even climate-controlled for those more valuable vehicles. You will have to decide how much you want to spend to protect your car from the winter elements.
Prep the Car
You don't want to just park a car for months and walk away. The car will need to be prepared in order to protect each component. To prepare the car, you should do a few things.
Gas – Some car professionals say that it's best to drain the gas tanks when parking vehicles for long periods of time. Others say that it's best to fill it the whole way and add a fuel additive to keep the fuel in good condition while it's being stored. They say that the gas tanks being left empty could result in corrosion inside the tank.
Tires – Fill the air in the tires to the maximum allowed. If possible, put the car up on jack stands while it's being stored. This will prevent flat spots from occurring on the tires resulting in the need to replace them.
Battery – You have a couple options here. You can remove the battery, take it home, and store it somewhere warm, or you can put a battery tender on it and leave it in the vehicle. Many vehicle storage facilities do permit battery tenders as long as they are in good condition.
Talk with the professionals at the vehicle storage facility near you. They'll help you find the best place to put your winter-free car to keep it safe until spring.Share