How Long Can My Car Sit Without Being Driven?

November 23rd, 2021 by

If you’re like the countless other Americans impacted by shelter-in-place orders, business closures, or remote work, then you may find your time on the road has been slashed in half. With your vehicle likely to stay parked in the garage or on the street for weeks to come, you may be wondering exactly how long your car can sit without being driven. Allow us to provide some insight!

Each vehicle is different and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as the condition of the car battery and temperature or environment surrounding the car. As a general rule, the team of RepairPal and ASE-certified technicians at our service center in Miami Gardens recommend starting up your car and driving for at least 20 minutes, once every two weeks.

the front of a blue parked car

Car Parked Light Blue” licensed under Pixabay by Nannica

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LET MY CAR SIT FOR TOO LONG?

Allowing your vehicle to stay parked in one spot for too long can lead to costly repairs later on down the road. If you haven’t moved your car recently, be on the lookout for the following warning signs:

  1. Dead Battery: Even brand new car batteries can die if left too long without a charge! Modern electronics can also drain your car’s battery if left untouched for too long. Be sure to take your vehicle out for a short, safe drive once every two weeks to keep your battery fresh.
  2. Rusted Brake Rotors: Rust can form on the surface of your brake rotors if left unused for a few days. This is especially true in humid environments, like at our used car dealership in beautiful Miami Gardens, and can gradually affect brake-pedal feel.?
  3. Flat-Spotting: Are your tires properly inflated? Take care to check tire pressure and routinely move your vehicle. Some tires can develop flat spots if they remain immobile for long periods of time.

SCHEDULE SERVICE AT OUR USED CAR DEALER IN MIAMI GARDENS

While car maintenance might not be at the forefront of your mind, following these simple steps can ensure your car is in top condition the next time you need to start it. Reach out to the team at Miami Car Credit for more tips or to schedule a service appointment today!

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