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Keeping car parked for 2+ months - Need to do anything special?

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Keeping car parked for 2+ months - Need to do anything special?

I have 2 vehicles, and one of them has barely been touched since we were all told to stay home here in Ontario. It looks like this situation is going to last another 2-3 months, so I'm thinking of suspending coverage on one of the vehicles, in which case it wouldn't even leave my driveway. If that's the case, is there anything special I should do to make sure I don't have any major issues when I start driving it again? The vehicle will be parked outside on my driveway. I've read car storage tips about not engaging parking brake, making sure fuel tank is full, adding stabilizer, etc. But I don't know if any of those are necessary in this situation?
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Not sure if your insurance will even allow you to reduce coverage. You wont be able to cancel it totally as you will need at least fire/theft on it. Even then what are you going to save? maybe $250? Nobody knows how long this will last and it would be better for you to drive 1 car 1 day and the other car the other day and keep switching so that everything is in good order.

If you end up not driving the car then I would also possible disconnect the battery so it does not die over a few months.
umopapisdnwei wrote: I have 2 vehicles, and one of them has barely been touched since we were all told to stay home here in Ontario. It looks like this situation is going to last another 2-3 months, so I'm thinking of suspending coverage on one of the vehicles, in which case it wouldn't even leave my driveway. If that's the case, is there anything special I should do to make sure I don't have any major issues when I start driving it again? The vehicle will be parked outside on my driveway. I've read car storage tips about not engaging parking brake, making sure fuel tank is full, adding stabilizer, etc. But I don't know if any of those are necessary in this situation?
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Don't need to do too much but i would do this as a minimum:

Full tank of gas
Overinflate tires to prevent flatspotting
Battery tender (or you can just jump start it when putting back on road)

Since it's parked outside, i would regularly check on it to make sure small animals haven't made a home in the engine bay
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I would recommend starting it up once a week and just let it run for a bit. Maybe even drive it up and down the driveway once or twice when you do start it, just to make sure the tires don't get flat spots. You can also over-inflate the tires if you don't plan on moving it at all.
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Sign yourself up for uber-eats or skipthedishes driver.
As it seems there's lots of employment there.
Two of our furloughed credit analysts are doing that exact thing now
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Just drive it once a week.
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I’ve been working from home for the last three weeks and I still drive my car at least 1-2 times a week for grocery runs. While it’s sitting I at least plug in the battery tender.
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What are everyone’s suggestions for a battery tender? Have seen very mixed reviews on the battery tender jr. and Noco genius. Good reviews on CTEK, but they’re well over $100.
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most insurers will allow reduction to fire & theft only (comprehensive) when you have more than the 1 vehicle on the policy with liability coverage on it.
umopapisdnwei wrote: I have 2 vehicles, and one of them has barely been touched since we were all told to stay home here in Ontario. It looks like this situation is going to last another 2-3 months, so I'm thinking of suspending coverage on one of the vehicles, in which case it wouldn't even leave my driveway. If that's the case, is there anything special I should do to make sure I don't have any major issues when I start driving it again? The vehicle will be parked outside on my driveway. I've read car storage tips about not engaging parking brake, making sure fuel tank is full, adding stabilizer, etc. But I don't know if any of those are necessary in this situation?
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you can call your Broker and have her amend the distance one way & annual whilst you're not driving to and from work. Then, when you return to driving it, call and change it back.
mrweather wrote: I’ve been working from home for the last three weeks and I still drive my car at least 1-2 times a week for grocery runs. While it’s sitting I at least plug in the battery tender.
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How about drive it to an area where you can get some exercise? go for a walk or a run? Solves 2 issues especially if this goes on for weeks/months. Of course keeping in mind the social distancing rules
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No different than what you would do for off season storage
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blexann wrote: How about drive it to an area where you can get some exercise? go for a walk or a run? Solves 2 issues especially if this goes on for weeks/months. Of course keeping in mind the social distancing rules
Good idea, although a lot of parks are officially closed. This was Sunnyside beach (closed) yesterday before the tow trucks and bylaw showed up

https://www.cp24.com/news/we-are-doing- ... -1.4878935


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EP32k2 wrote: WTF. People really aren't getting it. This city is full of idiots.
You go beserk when people go outside for fresh air and extremely easy to keep the 2m+ apart, but you are ok when you have to go to super market or gas station where germs and viruses are galore.

You do know this is not airborne disease right?

If supermarkets are not closed, then for sure parks, tennis courts and tracks shouldn't be closed.

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