Have you been overseas or out of state for a prolonged period of time? Did you have to leave your vehicle behind due to the distance? Did you have to have your car stored as you were not around to use it? Are you worried about how to get it back to its previous performances?
If your answer to any of the questions above is yes, then we are here to help you out. We’ve asked our experts on vehicle storing and reusing it after it has been stored for a long time. Here’s what they told us.
Check your car’s insurance.
If you knew for how long you’d be gone from home, the intelligent thing to do is to keep your vehicle insurance updated. If you managed to do so, then we applaud you. But just to be on the safe side, it’s always best to check your car’s insurance before you decide to take it for a spin after being away.
Take your car for a checkup.
Like any other machine that has not been used for a long time, it’s possible that your vehicle too will face a few problems after not being in use for a long time. It’s best to get it checked out. Car diagnostics are not only for the safety of the car, but for you as well.
Going the DIY way.
If you don’t feel your stay away has been long enough to warrant a best performance tuning, then we’ll take your word for it. In any case, take time to check out your car’s interior and exterior to find any damages. Engine fluids, brake fluids, and the coolant are all included in this checkup.
The rubber trouble.
Tires that have not been used tend to deflate and reduce in pressure. Remember to check your tires, and if the need arises, inflate them to the correct specs. Likewise, windshield wipers are also to be checked for any brittleness or cracks as they can scratch your windshield.
Most people tend to disconnect the battery cables when deciding to store it for a long period of time. If this is the case with you as well, then remember to check and clean the battery terminals; after which you can connect your batteries onto it.
Giving it a good wash.
We’re sure you gave your car a good wash and service before you stored it. But even the best protected and covered vehicles tend to get dirty and, at the least, musty. Having it professionally serviced is our recommendation; but feel free to DIY if you prefer to do so!