The most exciting part of storing your car away for the winter is dreaming of that sunny day when you can uncover it and hit the roads again. Is it time for the big reveal? If so, congratulations!
Before you jump right into that driver’s seat and take that baby home, there are a few tips you need to consider to make sure your vehicle is safe and fully functional. Nothing would ruin your car’s comeback more than damaging it right out of the lot!
Here at Jiffy, we want to make sure all vehicles in our outdoor storage and parking compound leave the lot the same way they come in. Read on to discover how to safely and correctly take your car out of winter storage. Remember, safety first!
This should be the very first thing that you do and probably the most satisfying. For some people, seeing that special car again can bring so much joy. Maybe it’s the sports car you worked so hard for, the RV your family treasures or even a rare vintage ride.
Whatever the case, it’s likely that you covered your car in a breathable material just before storing it away and are now looking at a shiny beauty with zero scratches, dust or dirt. Nothing says “welcome back” quite like it.
Check the Battery
Now that you’ve had your fill, you’ll want to start testing the functionality of your vehicle to make sure everything is operating as it should be. One of the first things you’ll want to do is check your car battery to make sure that it’s fully charged.
If you had decided to remove the battery before storage, then this won’t apply to you. In that case, you can now reconnect it to the vehicle. If you didn’t remove the battery before storage, hopefully, you were using a battery maintainer while storing.
This ensures that the battery voltage does not drop significantly. Regardless of what you chose to do before storing, take some time to examine the battery and charge if necessary.
Don’t Forget the Insurance
Another thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to resume your insurance before driving. You’ll want to get this in order ahead of time, maybe a couple of weeks before you’re ready to unveil your car. This is to ensure you leave sufficient processing time for your insurance company to make the report. We want to be safe on the roads both physically and legally.
During the long months that your car is kept inactive, tire pressure can dwindle and leave you with flat spots. It’s always a good idea to double-check tire pressure before driving your vehicle for the first time after car storage. You’ll also want to look for any disturbances in the tire, such as rips or wonky bulges. Fill your tires to the recommended PSI where necessary.
Test the Brakes
One of the most important tips for taking your car out of storage is to make sure that your brakes work correctly before driving. Many things can happen to a vehicle when it’s idle for an extended period, including sticking, corrosion, and engine problems.
In order to minimize dangers, check that your brakes are functional by slowly driving your car out and pumping the brakes. You don’t want to risk finding out that they don’t work while you’re out on the busy roads with other vehicles nearby.
Double Check Fluids
Another precaution you’ll want to consider is checking all fluid levels in your vehicle. You may want to change your oil as engine oil that is left for too long can become useless and ineffective.
Power steering fluid, coolant, and brake fluids will need to be checked as well. Another thing you can do before leaving the lot is to check that there are no leaks on the floor under or near your car that could indicate a potential problem.
Now that you’ve considered all the factors to get back in the driver’s seat, you should be all set. Go ahead and flaunt that car on the roads again, we’re just as excited as you are!
To learn more about taking your vehicle out of storage properly, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416 745 4339 or contact us here.