While your mean machine may own the summer streets abound, the side effects of a chilly winter are nothing to sneeze at: sleet, snow, road salt and the possibility of playing an icy round of bumper cars with your driving peers is enough to scare any car enthusiast into staying home.
Indeed, there eventually comes a time when you must consider laying your prized road warrior to rest for the cold seasons. Here are the things you should consider as you prepare your ride to exit the roads and enter into long term vehicle storage.
Before even considering putting your vehicle into a storage facility, ensure that all fluids are current on maintenance. This includes being up-to-date on oil changes, along with coolant, transmission and brake flushes. If these flushes have already been conducted, ensure that each of them are adequately topped off; don’t forget to fill your windshield washer fluid, as well. You will also want to add a bottle of fuel stabilizer to your gas tank to keep moisture out of your gasoline during your vehicle’s downtime.
You don’t want to let the dirt and grime of summer driving stay on your car for the duration of the cold seasons. To prevent this from happening, be sure to give your car an attentive hand wash. Once you are finished, quickly dry off the surface of your vehicle with a microfiber towel to prevent the accumulation of water spots. You may also want to consider giving your vehicle a wax, either by hand or with a machine applicator, before submitting your ride to a long term vehicle storage unit.
The likelihood of your vehicle starting right up on the first day of spring is highly reliant upon the health of your battery. As a result, you should have your battery inspected; this includes measuring its voltage capacity, recharging your battery as needed and treating the battery posts for any corrosion. Finally, when you nestle your car into its final resting place for the season, unplug the negative lead wire; this way, you cut the power flow through the vehicle, thus locking the maximum amount of energy within the battery.
Depending on where you plan on storing your vehicle (and based on your personal preference), you may want to consider investing in a custom car cover. This will prevent dust and other airborne debris from accumulating on your vehicle while it’s hibernating.
Possibly the most important piece of protecting your car during the cold seasons, you want to ensure that you choose a safe and secure facility to hold your vehicle for the next six months. The high end car storage at JP Logistics include 24-hour surveillance, come with detailing services, are climate-controlled and more.
For complete details on how JP Logistics can help you protect your vehicle until spring returns, contact us by phone or email, or stop by at our headquarters. We look forward to keeping your car safe this winter.