Is Your Car Sitting Idle? Here’s How to Care for It

Car Sitting Idle | Toronto, ON

Is your car sitting idle? Leaving a vehicle parked for long periods of time can affect its condition and reliability in many ways. To make sure your vehicle stays in good shape even if it’s not being used, consider these tips.

Check your tires. When a vehicle sits on its tires too long, this can cause flat spotting, where the weight of the vehicle flattens out a portion of the tire’s rubber due to inactivity. Regularly check your tire pressure and keep it filled to the manufacturer’s recommended specification. You may also want to move your vehicle occasionally.

Protect your paint. If your vehicle is parked outside, rather than in a garage, you might notice that it has started to accumulate bird droppings, tree sap, water spots, and more. This exposure to the elements can damage your vehicle’s paint over time, so consider getting a waterproof car cover if you don’t have a garage.

Consider your battery. Over a long idle period, your battery can discharge and leave you with a car that needs to be jumpstarted. Keep your battery working well and plug your vehicle into a battery tender or consider disconnecting the battery.  

Regularly start it. Keep your engine in working order and start your car regularly. You should also consider taking it on a short drive around the block or to the grocery store if you’re able to do so.

For more tips or assistance with caring for your car as it sits idle, you’re invited to get in touch with our service department here at Lexus Downtown.