When storing a car that is not often driven, the first thought for most vehicle owners is to purchase a car cover. While car covers are effective at protecting the exterior of a vehicle from elements like dust and sun, the car cover is only the first step when it comes to maintaining a parked vehicle for extended periods of time.
Protecting the Internal Components
While the outward appearance of a vehicle is important, cars also have several interior systems and components that require protection from the elements. Car owners should consider removing the battery prior to storing the vehicle to allow the battery to hold its charge. If the battery is left in place, the terminals should be coated with Vaseline to reduce the risk of rust. Oil and filters should be changed, and the wheels, brake pads and brakes should be inspected along with inflating the tires. Because moisture may seep up from concrete surfaces, a plastic barrier should be placed under the vehicle if parking on a concrete surface. Antifreeze should be filled and changed if necessary.
The average car cover will typically not protect a vehicle’s exterior from hail damage. However, there are specialty covers that are designed to offer protection from hail. Hail blankets and hail covers may be purchased and placed over the vehicle. A more recent option is the inflatable car cover that acts as an airbag to absorb the impact of the hail.
The Bottom Line of Protecting You Car
The absolute best protection for a vehicle, in most instances, is a garage. Carports are also very effective, though they do not offer 100 percent coverage from weather. However, by using the appropriate tools, exercising proper care and monitoring the vehicle closely, safe, effective coverage and protection is possible.
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