Winter weather is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about storing your classic or luxury car for the winter.
Here are some tips to consider while you prepare your car for the winter season.
- Make sure the storage location you choose is dry, dark and away from the elements. Your own garage could work as winter storage if your car isn’t exposed to the winter weather. Otherwise, a storage facility with a concrete floor is the best option. The facility doesn’t need to be climate controlled, as long as it doesn’t have excessive moisture.
- Give your car a thorough cleaning and waxing before you put it away. This way dirt won’t sit on your car over the winter months and it’ll be ready for the spring.
- Change your car’s oil. Used oil contains contaminants that’ll work their way through the engine components and harm your car.
- Fill the gas tank. A full tank of gas leaves no room for air in your tank, which is good because air could contaminate your fuel tank creating rust.
- Make sure your tires have proper pressure. It’s easy to develop flat tires while your car sits for long periods of time, especially in colder temperatures.
- Connect your battery to a trickle charger/ battery tender. Or remove the battery entirely and store it in a warm place as cold batteries can freeze and crack. Don’t keep your battery on a concrete floor.
- Use a high-quality, tight-fitting cover that’ll allow the car to breathe while staying clean and dry.
Lastly, make sure your Broker knows you’re storing your luxury car either on your property or at a facility.
Also, don’t cancel your car insurance policy–you should always maintain your car’s insurance coverage even if you aren’t driving it and are storing it for a few months.
Your Broker can suggest coverage options that may reduce your premiums while still providing adequate protection.