How to Store Your Car During Lockdown

How to Store Your Car During Lockdown

Unless you’re an essential worker during this difficult time, your car is probably going to be sitting in the garage (or in your yard) for quite some time. We’re here to answer any questions you have regarding how to store your car during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown.

Where should I park my car?

The best place to leave your car for a significant amount of time is in a garage. Parking it undercover is fine as well but your car would be more exposed to the elements. If you can’t do either of those things, try and park your car where it gets a bit of shade during the heat of the day. Avoid parking near trees or shrubs that drop leaves or sap.

Will my battery die if I don’t run my car?

Your battery, if it wasn’t too old when you parked your car, won’t die in just a few weeks. If you are worried about this, you can connect a battery tender to maintain an equal state of charge. If not, jump-starting your car only takes a few minutes and you’ll be good to go again.

Will the fuel go bad?

No! A few weeks isn’t long enough for the fuel to go bad. Again, if you are worried about it and you know that your car will be standing still for months on end, you can add a fuel stabilizer and change your oil.

What else should I do to take care of my car during a lockdown?

If you live in a more rural area or your car is parked outside, you can regularly check for wild animals nesting in or around your car. Squirrels, cats and mice love the nooks and crannies of cars and are prone to making their homes there when you’re not driving. You can also wash your car once a week to keep it clean and to give yourself something to do to avoid lockdown fever!

Other than that, the best thing you can do is to be patient and try to have some peace of mind. Your car will be perfectly fine, even if it isn’t used for a few weeks. We encourage you to stay home and be safe, and we’ll see you on the roads again in no time!


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