Unfortunately, summer is over. It is time for winter tires and snowshoes! For those of you who transition from a summer-only to a winter vehicle, there are several important considerations when it comes to storing your summer vehicles.
If your vehicle won’t be stored in a garage or shed facility, make sure it is covered. A waterproof cover that securely fits your vehicle will help protect your car from rain, snow and debris. Ensure the cover is closed and that no access points for bugs or animals exist, even if you are storing your vehicle in a shed or garage. The last thing you need is to open your car up in the spring and find a furry family has made it their winter home!
Go through your vehicle and discard any litter – especially left-over food. A thorough clean and tidy of the interior of the vehicle will help prevent damage and unwanted odors to brew over the winter. Thoroughly wash the exterior of your vehicle to prevent rusting and remove elements that could premantantly damage the paint.
Change your vehicles engine oil and fill up the gas tank. A full tank will help prevent condensation from accumulating and a fuel stabilizer will help keep your gas fresh and prevent rust from building up in your fuel system.
In order to maintain your battery life, consider starting your car occasionally throughout the winter to allow the battery to charge and fluids to cycle. If you are away or unable to periodically start your vehicle you may want to consider investing in a trickle charger to ensure your battery does not become fully drained.
Make sure you have not engaged the parking brake for the winter storage. With the parking brake on, the brake pads will be in contact with the rotors for too long.
If your vehicle will be stored for a long period of time you want to prevent the tires from deflating from the weight of the vehicle. To assist in increasing the tires life, you can remove the tires and place the vehicle on jacks or ensure the tires are fully inflated at the time of storage.
Just because you are not driving your vehicle does not mean you should remove the insurance! There are many things that could happen to your vehicle throughout the winter that may result in an insurance claim. Your insurance premiums could also go up if there are long gaps in your insurance coverage.
Whether you are heading for warmer climates or swapping your summer vehicle for a 4×4 option, taking the necessary steps will ensure your vehicle is ready to hit the open road when the snow melts.
If you ever have questions regarding your home or auto insurance policy or coverage in general, contact Rizk Insurance today and we’ll help answer any inquiries you may have.