Those who have classic cars or “seasonal” vehicles, usually put them “to sleep” for the winter. Here are some tips to do it right:
- Fill the gas tank and add a fuel preservative. Take one last drive to circulate the preservative.
- Make sure the anti-freeze is fresh and topped off and change the oil to avoid a nasty sludge in the spring.
- Wash and wax the car to protect the paint. Protect the chrome with wax or paint sealant.
- Over-inflate tires to avoid flat spotting, or jack up the car to take pressure off the tires.
- Put a battery manager on the vehicle.
- To prevent rodents nesting in an engine compartment, try a rodent repellent under the hood. (Remember to remove it before starting up the vehicle in the spring.)
- Put down a few moisture pads on the upholstery to absorb moisture and prevent mildew.
- Cover the car with a breathable cover to prevent corrosion and rust.
- Remember to call your insurance provider to discuss available coverage reduction options.