In a previous blog post, we discussed some not-so-common things to do to keep your car in top shape when not driving it often. At Pronto Insurance, we know just how much a vehicle means to you and your loved ones, which is why we want to offer some more valuable information! Continue keeping your car in great shape and enjoy the benefits it can bring later.
Mind the Rubber Parts
Your vehicle includes very important rubber parts like hoses and belts that are meant to last a long period. However, factors like temperatures, age, and use can shorten their lifespans. Not surprisingly, disuse is an even bigger culprit!
The longer your car stays inactive, the more likely those rubber parts are to dry, crack, and cause leaks or weaknesses. We recommend checking these components before, during, and after leaving your car parked for long periods of time.
Keep it Clean
Not everyone has a garage or access to a top-of-the-line car cover to protect it from the elements or bird droppings. Therefore, it’s important to monitor your car’s exterior often. If you notice a large amount of dust buildup or droppings that can potentially damage the paint, it may be time to give your car a wash.
What You DON’T Need
There are many myths out there about things you need to do if your car is going to be unused for a while. But we’re here to set the record straight. If you won’t be using your car, you definitely don’t need to:
• Use nitrogen on your tires to prevent leaks – it’ll leak out just the same for an extra cost!
• Flush your transmission fluid – most car manufacturers today provide “lifetime” fluid!
• Change out your coolant/antifreeze – again, most modern coolant and antifreeze last a lifetime!