Caring for your car during quarantine

Posted at 5:24 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 06:24:49-04

While we're all working from home, many cars haven't seen the road in quite some time. Though this means savings on the cost of gas, you should not let your car sit in one spot for the next month.

"You want to start your car is probably the most important thing. You want to run in 20 to 30 minutes every week, not in an enclosed garage. That'll help lubricate all the gaskets, get the car where it needs to be," says Bart Romero, Vice President at Musson Patout.

He says if your car sits in the sun, on the pavement, moving it weekly is even more important.

"Tires do not like concrete and sunlight so you want to move your car in and out and drive if you can but if you're not able to drive, move your car so your tires are not in the same spot."

A few ways to extend your car's stay at home include an oil change, some fuel additive and maybe even toying with your battery.

"There will be more of a drain on your battery so you can either disconnect the cables on your battery or put a battery cable on it with a triple charge to ensure that you'll start your car when you're ready to go," says Romero.

He adds, while you're taking your car for a spin, it wouldn't be a bad time for a car wash.

"Those lovebugs that start to come out this time of year will leave an acid on your car which does not agree with the paint, so keeping your car clean could protect it from some of that damage."