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Storing your vehicle for long periods of time
If you're leaving on an extended trip or you've just purchased a new car, you may consider storing your vehicle for the amount of time you'll be away. However, failing to take the proper preliminary steps can allow your car to end up in worse condition than when you left it. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips for storing a vehicle for a long period of time.
Keeping your vehicle covered will help limit damage to the body caused by the elements and direct sunlight. According to Edmunds.com, you should ideally store your vehicle indoors in a garage. Those without a garage available should purchase a weatherproof car cover.
If you're going to be storing your vehicle for a month or more, DMV.org recommends changing the oil before you go to prevent corrosive acid from developing and causing internal damage. You should also purchase a fuel stabilizer to keep gasoline from separating into its distinct parts, which can also cause maintenance issues.
While your car may be safe from harsh weather inside a garage, it's still at risk from small animals that are also seeking shelter, according to Edmunds.com. Make sure that all entry points such as the exhaust pipe or gas cap are covered. Placing rat poison and mousetraps in your garage will also keep critters away permanently.