How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Long Term Parking

Whether you are thinking of flying for a short vacation or a long one or whether it is a business trip that may be taking some time, if you are planning on leaving your vehicle parked for about two weeks or more, you may need to think about what you should do in order to ensure that the vehicle is ready to be parked on a long term basis. Ensuring that you get everything needed to be done will give you the chance to come back and know that your vehicle is in good condition. Here are some of the ways in which you can prepare your vehicle for long term parking.

Check On Your Tires

Make sure that your tires are filled up to the correct air pressure before you leave your vehicle in long term parking. This will ensure that you have a safe drive home after you are back. Thinking of parking for a bit longer? Then you also need to know how to prevent flat spots in the tires in your car which can happen when they sit in the same place for too long. This is very important if you will be travelling during the season of winter and your vehicle may be exposed to cold a lot of the time. Having the right air pressure can help you avoid these issues.

Make Sure the Fluids Are Filled Up

Another factor that you have to absolutely make sure of is that your vehicle’s fluids are all filled up and ready to go when you come back from your travelling. Fill up the gas tank before you go so that you can save yourself a drive to the gas station when you come back and all you really want to do is go home and sleep off the jet lag. If you will be arriving late in the night this will actually be a big issue if all the stations are closed up and you find yourself stranded. If you will be not using your vehicle for over 30 days make sure that you add a fuel stabilizer into your gas tank to stop the gas from getting oxidized. You should also think about the oil in your vehicle and at the least, do check that the oil is adequate and that there are no leaks. Finally make sure that you also top up the windshield wiper fluid. If you have been gone for a while and come back, you might want to wipe off any dust and debris from your windshield before you start driving.

Keep Your Vehicle As Clean As Possible

Before you park the vehicle make sure that you have cleaned it thoroughly and that no perishable items especially, like food and drink is in the vehicle. Make sure that there are no papers and documents with any information that may be misused on them or anything that can be sensitive for that matter. Just make sure to clean out your vehicle completely so that you can get into it without any nasty surprises when you come back.

 

 

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