As the cold weather continues over this winter period, Windrush Car Storage founder, Tim Earnshaw, has shared his Top 10 tips for storing your car over the winter period.
With over a decade of experience, a world-class reputation and years of experience in Formula 1, Tim is exceptionally qualified in explaining the art of car storage at the highest level.
1. Wash your vehicle thoroughly
Giving your car a good wash just before storage removes all impurities, minimising the risk of contamination if your vehicle stands to be stored for a lengthy period of time.
2. Dry the vehicle and note damages
Tim recommends any exposed scratches are attended to before storage to avoid the onset of corrosion.
3. Vacuum the interior to remove any debris
Once again, cleaning allows the owner to inspect for damage and any areas that require attention. It also means that the car is clean ready for when the weather improves.
4. Wax the bodywork
A coating or two of wax will not only make the car look good, it helps protect the paintwork while in storage.
5. Change the engine oil and filter
This will remove acidic contaminants in old oil; if a car sits for any period it is best to ensure the oil in the engine is clean, of the correct type and topped up to the recommended levels.
6. Check the strength of the antifreeze
This will prevent freeze damage to the engine. Tim checks the strength before any period of rest, even when the car is in a temperature-controlled environment. Strength can weaken over time so it’s an action well worth doing.
7. Overinflate the tyres to 50psi
This will prevent ‘flat spotting’ – although this is a simple job, it offers great benefits.
8. Apply tyre preserver to the sidewalls
This will nourish the tyres and prevent perishing, keeping the sidewalls pliable and in good health while the vehicle is not being used.
9. Apply a battery conditioner
A battery conditioner monitors the health of the battery and tops up as required. This means there is no risk of over or under charging it, providing the safest and most effective method of battery optimisation.
10. Protect the bodywork by applying a car cover
Once all of the above measures have been carried out, Tim recommends applying a multi-layer, high-quality car cover. Waterproof covers can restrict airflow, so ensure that you use the right type to avoid condensation building up. Lift the cover and check your car from time to time while it is in storage.
Tim Earnshaw, founder of Windrush, said;
“We take car care to the highest levels and strive to go beyond that on a daily basis. Many choose to store a car over winter, but storing an unprepared car in a draughty barn can do as much damage as leaving it on the driveway.
“At Windrush, we look after all manner of vehicles both in London and the Cotswolds; we ensure all are kept in the optimum conditions after we prepare for long-term storage. With our rates staring at just £52 per week, we really can put a price on the ultimate peace of mind.”
If you have a professional car storage requirement, you can find out more by visiting Windrush’s website. In the meantime, these tips are incredibly useful for anyone who has a vehicle that is not in use during the winter period so thank you, Tim!