Vacation Care for Vehicles

Vacation Care for Vehicles

Many residents come and go through the busy season, leaving on short trips or even for months at a time. The majority of the clients we serve at Golden Property Management and Home Watch, travel frequently for work or to monitor their other residential properties. We asked a few questions of the expert team at AAMCO on how to prepare for any time away. Here’s some vacation care for vehicles left in Florida when you are out of town for a longer period of time.

Park Indoors or Use a Car Cover

If possible, park your car indoors—it’s safer and cleaner. If you don’t have a garage or covered driveway, invest in a quality car cover. Buy a cover made for your specific car model or type. Along with this, avoid using the cover indoors as this will ensure any moisture that is left inside, will evaporate faster, especially in humid Florida weather.

Do NOT engage the hand brake when you leave

Engaging the handbrake over an extended period can result in the brake pads getting stuck to the discs or drums. Needless to say, if this were to happen, the next time you attempt to drive the car will seem nearly impossible. The smarter thing to do would be to use “wheel chocks,” or even a piece of wood or brick and leave the car in first gear; to keep it from rolling forward.

Fill Up Your Fuel Tank

One of the major problems in leaving a car sitting for any length of time, is that naturally occurring moisture build-up in the fuel tank can cause rust on the inside of the fuel tank. The best way to avoid this is to fill the car to the brim with quality gasoline. This step avoids moisture from entering the tank and prevents rusting of the fuel tank—be sure that the tank is sealed properly as well.

Remove Your Battery If Traveling For an Extended Time

It is better to remove the battery if you’re going away for a long time. Also, smear petroleum jelly or grease on the terminals and the wire.

A special thanks to our friends at AAMCO Naples for the helpful tips on Vacation Care for Vehicles! To learn more about all that AAMCO can do for your vehicle, visit them at

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