Your car is one of the most valuable assets you own. However, if it is kept stagnant for too long, it starts to create problems for the owner.
Given that Pakistan is now on lockdown, and there are chances that the lockdown period may exceed if the situation gets worse, the cars will remain stationary.
Idle and unused cars need care and attention. If you are a car owner who has not used the vehicle in days, here are six steps you can take to ensure it remains in good condition.
How to Take Care of Your Parked Car
1. Park Indoors or in Shaded Areas
Cars need to be protected from the dust and sun. The harsh rays of the sun cause damage to the car’s exterior (paint job and body), whereas the dust particles will start to buildup in your car’s engines and pipes and will cause trouble. It is always a good idea to park your vehicles in a garage or under some shade. If you do not have both options, you can simply cover it with a car-cover.
2. Park Away from Nests and Dumps
If you are parking your car outside, be sure to park away from bird nests and dumps. Birds love doing their business anywhere they seem fit, be it on people or cars. When building nests, birds often drop twigs and other objects as well, which can damage your vehicle.
Moreover, parking your car near a dump can allow rodents to find their way into the car engine. These critters love dark and damp areas and can chew through the wires and other essential parts of your car.
3. Take it out for a Spin
We are not encouraging you to leave your house. Still, after taking all the right precautions, which means wearing masks, gloves, covering your skin, etc., you can make your car around the block for a quick spin so that the engine heats up and can get rid of condensation which has built up inside. Taking short drives keeps the engine and other parts lubricated, making sure they work correctly. You just need to do this once every three days or so for roughly 3-5 minutes.
4. Maintain the Condition of its Battery
Just like we are nothing without our brains, a car is not useful without its battery. Newer vehicles that might have been purchased just weeks ago have newer batteries. If these batteries are not used and maintained, they might need to be replaced. If you do not want to take your car outside for a drive, you can turn it on for a few minutes in your preferred parking spot to maintain proper fluid levels and prevent wire erosions.
5. Keep Your Car Clean & Disinfected
It is essential to keep your car clean from germs and bacteria as it will impact on your health as well as the health of your family. However, drivers make a common mistake of using any soap with water to wash their cars. This can lead to paint damage and eventually can cause the body to develop rust. This is why you should use proper care products which have been made explicitly for this purpose.
How are you protecting your car?
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