How to Look After your Car if it’s not in Use

13th July 2020
car not used

If you find yourself working from home and your car is now sat on the driveway unused for periods of time. It’s important to look after it to ensure it starts when you need to use it next. Most cars can be left for much longer these days, usually about 2 weeks. It’s all dependent on how long your battery lasts without requiring recharging.

To be on the safe side, start your car and leave it to run for at least 15 minutes once a week. Do this outside. Never in a garage or enclosed space and never leave a running car unsupervised.

You will still need a valid MOT and Road Tax in place regardless. It’s always best to check the Government website. There you can see any extensions that have been granted and how they apply to you during the pandemic.

Leaving your Car for Longer Periods

If your car is not needed at all for more than a few weeks then there are some additional things you need to be aware of:

  • Firstly, you will need to check your tyre pressure prior to driving, this may need adjustment so it could be a good idea to invest in an electric pump.
  • When you do drive make sure to use your brakes a lot for the first few minutes. This will help to clear any corrosion from the brakes that may have been caused by being sat undriven, especially in wet weather.
  • Keep it clean to avoid anything causing corrosion to the paintwork.
  • Keep in a secure place and check on a regular basis by walking around the vehicle.
  • When you know in advance that your car will be parked up for a longer period of time. Ensure you have a full tank of petrol or diesel, this will help to steer clear of condensation which can cause problems if it builds up.
  • If you can, move your car each week, even if it’s on and off of the driveway. This can help prevent brakes from seizing up altogether as well as helping to keep the battery charged.

When further advice is required or you have any concerns about leaving your car, please do get in touch. The team at Clover Autos will be more than happy to address any worries that you may have.