As much fun as you’ve had cruising summer roads and enjoying fine-driving weather, luxury sports cars aren’t always suited for the cold winter months. Whether you’re chasing summer around the globe and need to long-term storage for your vehicle or are storing your car to keep it safe from harsh winter elements, there is a series of steps you should take to ensure you’re luxury car or truck remains in pristine condition.
Why preparing your car for storage is key
By taking the necessary steps to properly prepare your luxury vehicle for long-term storage, you can keep it in the best shape possible. Have peace of mind knowing your valuable car will be as ready as you are to hit the road. Failure to care for your car prior to storage often increases the risk of damage or deterioration due to things like stagnant fluids and excess moisture, pest infestations, corrosion, exposure to harsh elements, and more.
If you’re planning to store your car for six months or more, be sure to follow the steps necessary to ensure it will remain in mint condition while you’re away.
1. Give it a detailed clean
Whether you choose to clean your vehicle yourself or choose to take it to a professional car detailer, making sure your car is spotless both inside and out will help preserve the integrity of the car. Furthermore, when it comes time for your next outing, you don’t want to be worried about climbing into a dirty car.
Pro tip: Go the extra mile in preserving your car’s paint job by following the wash with a thorough wax, buff, and shine. It never hurts you give your treasured ride an extra layer of defense during the downtime.
2. Change your oil
Begin the storage preparation process by changing your vehicle’s oil and ensuring levels are full. Having a full tank of unused, clean oil prevents moisture from building up and negatively affecting the effectiveness of the oil.
Pro tip: While you’re waiting for your oil to drain, consider lubricating the critical components of the axle, shock system, and other mobile frame points.
3. Fuel up and top-off fluids
Along with filling up your gas tank, make sure you use a fuel stabilizer to ensure your gasoline doesn’t go bad. Not only will filling the gas tank prevent the unwelcome presence of moisture, but by adding the stabilizer, you can ensure your gas won’t go bad after the typical 30-day lifespan.
Pro tip: Spend a few extra minutes checking and topping off other important fluids in your car such as coolant, brake, transmission, power steering, battery (if applicable), and windshield wiper. Full tanks ward off corrosion, gunk build-up, and other risks.
4. Get it off the ground
After finding the right place to store your sports car, raise the vehicle just enough so the tires aren’t resting on the ground and release several psi’s of air from each one. After a while, tires that go unmoved can form a “flat spot” where it was sitting against the ground. Though these flat spots can sometimes go away after being driven a few miles it’s better to raise your car and prevent them all together.
Pro tip: If for whatever reason you’re unable to raise your vehicle, you can still prevent the formation of flat spots by increasing each tire’s air pressure to the maximum psi.
5. Fix the final touches
Once the car is clean, the fluid levels are topped off, and it’s placed on risers, it’s time to finalize the proper storage process by doing three quick things:
- Place dehumidifier inside the car to eliminate any moisture buildup. If you’re unable to find a dehumidifier, you can encourage air movement and prevent stagnant moisture by ever-so-slightly cracking two or three windows.
- Rodent-proof everything. Close off the fresh-air inlet to the heater system by switching the heater to “recycle” position while the car is on. Plug the exhaust system by placing a ball of steel wool in a clear plastic bag and attaching a bright string or ribbon. Place one packet in each tailpipe.
- Cover your vehicle with a breathable cloth or customized car cover. This prevents the harmful build-up of dust as well as harsh UV rays and other damaging elements.
Pro tip: Using an external rodent repellent around the perimeter of your vehicle can add another line of defense against pesky, unwanted visitors.
Once you’ve secured the cover on your car and double-checked that the doors are locked, you’re ready to start whatever adventure is next on your list. Thankfully, you can now have peace of mind knowing your favorite ride is take care of. If you have any questions about tips and tricks for luxury car care or want expert help spiffing up your ride, contact the experts at AutoPreme. From helpful service and guidance to high-tech products and gadgets, the AutoPreme pros know just what it takes to spiff up your car.