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How to Take Care of a Car That is Rarely Driven

If you have a second car you drive for fun or one that is only used seasonally, then the way you store it and care for it when it’s not on the roads will have a big impact on the way it performs. Preparing your vehicle for idle periods helps to preserve the exterior, battery, and engine, helping you to make the most of your car when you need to drive it again.


Taking Care of a Car That’s Rarely Used


Keep up with maintenance

Perform regular maintenance based on timing rather than mileage. You may need to consult the owner’s manual to ensure you’re keeping up with the required tasks. A car that isn’t driven often will not put miles on the clock, but the oil and additives are still sitting and aging, even if the car isn’t on the road.


Keep it clean

Leaving behind trash and food remnants could tempt rodents and other animals – even if your beloved car is tucked away safely in the garage. Take any trash out of your car and vacuum the inside to ensure nothing is left behind. Remember to clean the outside of the car, too. All it takes is dirt build-up and cracked paint to rust and turn into an unsightly blemish on your car.


Prevent battery corrosion

If you’re storing a seasonal vehicle or you know you won’t be using your car for a long period of time, disconnect the battery to prevent corrosion.


Store it safely

Store your car in a garage if possible and away from the elements. A carport will also do if a garage is not available, as long as it is protected from harsh sun, rain, and storms.


These tips can help you protect a car that is rarely driven. Insurance can help, too. Car insurance is there when you need it the most. To secure reliable coverage, contact the experts at Little & Sons Insurance Services. Serving Banning and the surrounding cities in California, we are ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.


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