Many residents of the Northeast U.S. place their cars in storage during the winter. Some do it because they're leaving for warmer climates, while others are willing to brave the snow themselves but prefer to spare their vehicle that hassle. Whatever your reason, below are some maintenance—and auto insurance—suggestions for how to handle this task.
How to Store Your Vehicle for Winter
1. Inflate the Tires
Add a bit of extra tire pressure before you drop the vehicle off. Cold temperatures cause the air to contract, and you don't want to return after winter to discover your tires are flat.
2. Add Fuel Stabilizer
If you plan to store the vehicle for three months or more, then add fuel stabilizer to the tank. It locks in fuel potency, prevents gum buildup, and inhibits corrosion in the tank and fuel lines.
3. Clean It
Give your car a thorough wash and polish to remove any contaminants that might dull the shine of its paint job. Remove all fast food bags, pop cans, snack wrappers, and anything else that might attract pests during the storage months.
4. Cover the Vehicle
To protect the vehicle from accumulating dust—if storing it indoors—or from the harmful effects of the sun and precipitation, cover it with a thick, durable tarpaulin. Even better, invest in a car cover for the year, make, and model of your vehicle.
5. Adjust Your Auto Insurance
If you aren’t driving the car for several months, you don't need collision or liability extras. Contact your auto insurance agent and ask them to drop everything but comprehensive coverage, which protects against fire, floods, vandalism, theft, and most other non-collision damages. Reinstate these additions before driving it in the spring.
A bit of general maintenance and a call to your auto insurance agent should help you store your car safely over the winter. To see if you can lower your rates or save by bundling coverage, contact CIG Insurance Agency in Ontario, NY. They've been serving the community for over 150 years, so they have the experience and expertise to help you choose the right plan for your needs and budget. They specialize in auto, motorcycle, boat, life, and homeowners insurance. Visit the website for more on their products, or call (585) 394-5544 to speak with an agent.