How to properly store a car for winter

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 10:36 pm
Rear shot of SUV in garage

If you’re anything like us, you’re looking for long life and great times from your vehicle no matter the condition. Still, however, when the temperature gets colder and the climate gets harsher, it’s always a good idea to keep your unused model stored so that it can perform at its best during spring, summer and fall. So, today our Carville’s Auto Mart team wants to show you some tips on how to properly store a car for winter – once the thaw comes, you’ll be back on the road with fun ahead yet again! 

Keep It in a Dry and Dimly Lit Place 

In order to avoid potential damage to your vehicle’s interior or exterior build, you should keep it in a dry and dark spot so that it won’t be affected by humidity or light. This means that your garage, if well insulated, is a perfect location! 


Waxing car in preparation for winter


Give Your Vehicle a Wash and Waxing 

You want to have your model looking fresh once it’s ready to go for the new seasons, so before you put it into storage, be sure to give it a nice wash and wax so it’ll be clean once you uncover it.  


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Change Oil and Filter  

Over time, even without much use, oil can start to break down inside your model; that’s why it’s a good idea to get your oil and filter changed before you store it away during colder temperatures – plus, when you start to drive again, you won’t have to worry about getting an oil change right away! 


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Fill Fuel Tank and Add Stabilizer 

In the same vein, you should aim to fill up your tank before storing your car; for added protection, add some fuel stabilizer to it so that it will still operate well the first time you turn your engine over.  


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Fill Up Tires 

Just like oil, your tires are prone to being deflated with or without use, and especially when the air gets colder. So, be sure to get them filled up with plenty of air the next time you’re at a gas station.