Maintaining a Car That’s Rarely Driven
It doesn’t matter if you’re working from home or just have a second car that you rarely drive, it is still important to store and care for it. The way you take care of your ride can have a big impact on the way it performs.
Don’t Rely Just on Mileage
You should perform regular maintenance based on timing, not just mileage. Because you are rarely driving your vehicle, you won’t accumulate the mileage before an oil change. The oil is sitting and aging even if the car is not on the road, so you should take your car in for an oil change based on whatever comes first – the date or the mileage.
Clean the Car
When you leave your car, you should leave it clean and empty. Doing so will help be sure you don’t forget something important in there and keep food remnants out of it. The last thing you want is to get back in your car with the smell of old, fast food. We recommend adding an air freshener or odor repelling product to keep the air from smelling old and stale. Finally, you should keep your windows rolled up to keep dust and insects from getting into your ride.
Turn Your Car on Once a Week
If possible, start your car every few days, even if you don’t go somewhere. At the very least, you should do this once a week. Doing so will keep fluids cycling through your engine and keep everything inside of it lubricated. It will also keep liquids from pooling in certain areas and keep your battery fresh.
Caring for Your Car
Taking care of your car is the best way to be sure that it is ready to go when you need it. The last thing you want is to get into your vehicle to find that it doesn’t start. Doing these few things will help your car run reliably for years, even if you rarely use it.