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Tips and tricks to ensure your car remains in good condition when things get back to normal

These are crucial times, and there is no denying that. With the COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation in lockdown, we must stay in the confines of our homes and practice social distancing. This is the only way we can contain this deadly virus from spreading. With South Africans staying at home and only venturing out for basic shopping or for getting to essential jobs, many of us will find our cars lying idle for prolonged periods. Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to make sure your car remains in good condition when things get back to normal.

1. Clean before storage

It’s a good idea to keep your car protected from the elements. If possible, parking in a garage will protect the car from damage caused by exposure to bad weather. When parking in a garage, ensure it’s free from humidity and damp as this can corrode paintwork and cause mould.
If you don’t have a garage, try covering your car with a model-specific car cover for the next few weeks, to protect it from the autumn elements.

2. Protect against bad weather

Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.
Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease. Also brake shavings and mud which can all cause damage over time should be cleaned.
Rinse the car with water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft microfibre towel.

3. Protect the interior

Remember to clean the interior of your car if it’s going to be left for a while. If your car has leather or coated fabrics, wipe dust away with a dry cloth regularly. For a deeper clean, use a damp cloth and gentle soap to rub the fabric down. Always soak up any leftover moisture with a dry cloth afterwards.
For other fabric seats, vacuum the material to prevent dust accumulation. Never use harsh chemicals or household laundry soaps as these can cause discolouration.

4. Check the battery

Leaving your car for long periods of time without driving it, can cause the battery to run flat.
A good way to avoid this is by starting your car and driving for about 15 minutes every two weeks or so. This will prevent the battery from going flat and will help to lubricate the engine. If it’s not possible to drive, then simply start the engine. Let it run for 15 minutes will help to ensure the battery maintains its charge.

And remember….

When venturing out to check on your car take proper precautions. Keep your face and eyes covered and carry a pocket sanitiser so that you can clean your hands immediately after you are done with the task. Stay Home Stay Safe!