Winter Storage for Your Car
As the cold nights roll in, those long summer drives are coming to an end. For those of us with classic or summer only vehicles, it’s time for prepping your car for its long winter’s nap. You want to make sure to not only protect your baby from the elements but also have it parked and sitting in a way that doesn’t cause damage.
Hagerty has some very helpful information on how best to prepare and care for your car over the long winter.
Wash and Wax
It may seem fruitless to wash the car when it is about to be put away for months, but it is an easy step that shouldn’t be overlooked. Water stains or bird droppings left on the car can permanently damage the paint. Make sure to clean the wheels and undersides of the fenders to get rid of mud, grease and tar. For added protection, give the car a coat of wax and treat any interior leather with a good conditioner.
Even though your classic is stored in the garage in semi-stable temperatures and protected from the elements, a car cover will keep any spills or dust off of the paint. It can also protect from scratches while moving objects around the parked car.
If you will be storing the vehicle for longer than 30 days, consider getting the oil changed. Used engine oil has contaminants that could damage the engine or lead to sludge buildup.
If your transmission fluid is due for a change, do it now too. When spring rolls around, you’ll be happy you did.
Want us to take a look at your beauty before putting her into storage? Give us a call at (715) 369-1144.