How To Prep Your Car For Winter Storage
The winter is fast approaching, and many people are getting ready to take their pride and joy off the road. Before storing your car for the winter, is important to know what steps to take to ensure your vehicle is well taken care of, and will start when you return to it.
We here at Green Kangaroo Self Storage would like to provide you some tips for storing your vehicle for the winter.
Before you begin, make sure you have proper documentation of registration, ownership, and insurance on your vehicle. You may be tempted to cancel your auto insurance when your vehicle is in storage to “save money”. This is an ill-advised plan, as many insurance companies may actually raise your rates due to a gap in coverage, which will cost you more money in the long run.
Remove all personal items from the vehicle- particularly anything that can freeze or rupture. Make sure to thoroughly clean the vehicle inside and out, as well. This is especially important if you plan on covering it during storage.
Make sure to top off your fluids and get an oil change. It is also recommended to fill your gas tank; this will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the gas tank, and keep the seals from drying out.
An unattended car battery will eventually lose its charge. Disconnect and remove your battery. Never store it on a concrete floor, as concrete will drain the battery. Make sure to store your battery in a dry, room temperature area.
Cover your air intake and exhaust pipes with plastic wrap or a plastic bag, to prevent pests from getting in. Another tip is to put dyer sheets in your trunk, backseat, and on your tires. The smell will help keep pests away, as well as keep your car smelling fresh.
If possible, put your car on jack stands. (This may not be permissible at all storage centers) This will help the longevity of your tires and suspension since they will not bear the weight of the car during it’s time in storage. If you are not storing your car on jack stands, make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended tire pressure. If any vehicle is left stationary too long, the tires can develop flat spots which occur faster in colder temperatures, with performance tires, or low- profile tires.