6 Tips for Winter Car Storage

6 Tips for Winter Car Storage

February 21, 2024

With winter here, many car owners think about winter storage solutions to shield their vehicles from the cold and damp. Here are six tips to ensure your car remains in top condition throughout the winter:

  1. Choose the Right Storage Location: If possible, store your car in a clean, dry, and secure location. A garage or storage facility can protect your car from the elements and reduce the risk of theft or vandalism.
  2. Clean Your Car Thoroughly: Before storing your car, give it a good wash and wax. Cleaning the exterior will protect the paint, while vacuuming the interior can prevent mold and mildew. Don’t forget to clean the wheels and undercarriage to remove any dirt or salt.
  3. Maintain Fluid Levels: Ensure all your car's fluids are at the recommended levels. Change the oil and filter to prevent contaminants from damaging the engine during storage. Consider adding a fuel stabilizer if the car will be stored for more than 30 days.
  4. Keep the Battery Charged: A battery tender can keep your battery charged and prevent it from dying over the winter. If you don’t have a tender, disconnecting the battery can also prevent drain.
  5. Prevent Flat Spots on Tires: Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure to avoid flat spots from forming. For longer storage periods, consider using tire stands to relieve pressure on the tires.
  6. Cover Your Car: Even indoors, a breathable car cover can protect your vehicle from dust and accidental scratches.

Remember, proper preparation is key to ensuring your car remains in excellent condition after winter storage.

If you have any questions about insurance coverage for stored vehicles, don't hesitate to call me at 360-254-7166. Let’s make sure your vehicle is protected, no matter the season!