If you have a car you don’t need to drive every day, keeping it in a storage facility is a great way to keep it safe and secure. Properly preparing your car for storage is essential. Here’s how to get your car ready for long-term storage.
Wash and Wax Your Car
Your car’s paint job can be damaged by bird droppings or other stains. Before storing your car, take it to the car wash. Clean the wheels and the fenders, too. Apply a coat of wax to give your paint job an extra layer of protection.
Change Your Oil
If you’re storing your car for more than 30 days, get the oil changed before taking it to storage. You should also lubricate your car’s moving parts, such as the door hinges.
Fill the Tank
Fill your gas tank if you expect to store your car for 30 days or more. Topping off the tank will keep moisture from building up in the gas tank. Add fuel stabilizer to protect your engine and prevent ethanol buildup.
Disconnect the Battery
When your car is not driven for a while, the battery will eventually lose its charge. If it’s possible, start the car and drive it for a short time while it’s in storage. If driving it is not possible, disconnecting the battery before placing your car in storage will help keep it charged.
Protect Your Tires
To help prevent flats, ensure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. If you’re storing your car for more than 30 days, remove the wheels and place the car up on jack stands.
Use a Tire Stopper
Avoid using the parking brake when leaving your car in storage. It’s possible for the brakes to fuse if they’re left for a long time. Instead, keep the car in one place with a tire stopper.