If you own a car, you might already know that vehicles need to be used every once in a while for them to keep working correctly. While it may seem strange at first, this is true for all vehicles on the road nowadays, both older and newer models. This is why people often avoid very low mileage models when purchasing older vehicles: chances are that such vehicles have been unattended for a long amount of time. Vehicles, like any other machine, need to ‘stretch their legs’ and move all their parts to keep them in working order, just as they require periodical maintenance.
Sometimes though, you might not be able to drive your vehicle for very long periods of time. While car relocation companies make it easier to move your car, sometimes you will really need to keep it in some safe place to pick it up later. Now the best idea in that case would be to have someone trustworthy take care of your car while you are gone or need a car transport Brisbane to Perth, but this is not always possible.
In that case, the only possible solution is to prepare your car for storage. Fortunately, you can keep your car in very good shape if you follow proper guidelines for storing.
• Avoid Outdoor Storage – When outside, your car will be at the mercy of the elements of nature. The problem is even worse if you store your vehicle in an area with harsh weather, like snowstorms, heavy rains and the like. If you really cannot help it, you need to at least get a car cover to give a little bit of protection. A garage is a much better proposition for any kind of car storage.
• Change Fluids – Before storing, replace all the standard fluids and oils in your car. They are the engine oil, engine coolant, washer fluid, gearbox oil and hydraulic brake oil. All fluids have a certain lifespan, and you need to replace them regularly (if you are not planning on long term storage, then you can skip fluid replacement).
• Top Off – Be also sure to completely fill the fuel tank before storage. Doing so prevents water moisture from getting into the tank and prevents the seals from drying. Using a fuel stabilizer is also recommended.
• Do Not Use the Handbrake – While a handbrake is useful when parking your car, it is a better idea to not use it when considering about storing your car for long time periods. Doing so may fuse the brake rotors and brake pads together.
• Check Tyre Pressure – Make sure that all your tyres are properly inflated and are at the correct tyre pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Doing so will decelerate the formation of flat spots in your tyres. You also consider removing all four tyres off the car and placing it on jack stands. This is recommended for longer storage periods, as tyres may deteriorate if the car is left stationary for too long.