9 Jan 2017

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Storage

Your summer vehicle has had a pretty carefree season. Warm weather, no ice on the roads, no salt collecting on the body. Now that the winter is almost upon us, it’s time to start prepping for winter storage. Putting your fun summer car into winter hibernation isn’t as simple as just locking it away in storage and forgetting about it. There are some important steps that you need to follow to make sure it is well looked after and ready for next summer. Below is a how-to guide for preparing your car for winter storage.

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Storage

Choose a Storage Location

First and foremost you have to make sure that you choose the right storage location for your car. If you are opting to store your vehicle off your property and in a self-storage facility, it is incredibly important that you make sure that the facility has climate-controlled storage to protect your car’s electronics and battery over the winter.

Top Up Fluids

Do yourself a favour and top up your car’s fluids before you put it away for the winter. By doing this you are saving time when you take it out the following spring and can get back to driving right away without having to run around to the store to pick up supplies.

Wash and Clean It

You should put your car into winter storage spic and span. This is not just because that way you are removing a clean car the following spring, it’s because leaving your car sitting all winter, covered in dirt and grime can do real damage to your paint job.

Roll Down the Windows a Bit

It’s a good idea to roll down a couple of your windows for ventilation over the winter to avoid moisture building up inside and potentially damaging the interior and the electronics. You don’t have to roll the windows down all the way, just two windows, rolled down a quarter of the way should be adequate.

The Battery

If you really value your battery (which I’m sure you do), the best thing that you can do when putting your car in storage for the winter is completely remove it, bring it inside your house, and leave it somewhere safe connected to a battery maintainer. Not a charger, but a maintainer. Overcharging your battery will damage it.

You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your fun summer car. Make sure that you get many more summers worth of enjoyment out of it and take the above necessary steps when putting it away for the winter. Your car will thank you.

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