Hope you are all doing as well as possible, I guess never would I ever thought I would be spending such a long period of time at home – I am on week 5 by the end of this week..
It’s so sad to see my car in the garage, but if you are not using your car during lockdown, please make sure that you at least start it once a week. I have only left my house for essentials 4 times so I have not had any issues so far, also I only drive 800m down the road to my local grocery store.
Now I know what you thinking – I have no technical knowledge???? Not to worry, here are a few simple things that you can do to make sure your vehicle is looked after.
- As mentioned, start your vehicle and let it run for a bit, whether it is parked in a garage or outside, this will keep your battery in good condition, if your vehicle or the battery is older it might have to be charged before you drive the vehicle again.
- Fill up your tank, the less likely it is that moist air will get into the engine forming condensation and possibly rust.
- Try and move your vehicle back and forth, start it and reverse and put it in gear and move forward a bit to avoid flat spots in your tyre. The tyre must stop in a different position to maintain its round structure.
- Make sure the doors and windows are closed properly to make sure no bugs or rodents get inside.
- Try and wash the vehicle if it is going to be parked for a long period of time, especially bird poo, to prevent damage to the paint. Also, dust the interior, the seats and the carpets so that its pleasant when you next drive it. Nothing like a clean car right?
- If possible, make sure your car is parked in your garage or under a car port to avoid sun and long term outside exposure especially if it is not being used.
These tips might sound silly but in all honestly, you don’t need any more expenses, especially after lockdown. A car is not an investment but its costly to maintain, so look after it, so these tips are preventative measures.
Do you have any great tips you can share in the comments below?