How to protect your car now that it's sitting idle

Posted at 5:45 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 17:46:08-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - For most of us, all the time spent at home is giving our cars a big break.

That's good for your gas budget, but it may not be good for your car if you leave it sitting too long.

"I think the biggest thing is the battery, especially if it’s not new. It can drain even overnight depending on how old the battery is or how strong the battery is," said Kirk Linahan, owner of Christian Brothers Automotive in Virginia Beach, "so we just recommend starting it every 2 or 3 days, letting it run for a few minutes. If you have a remote start, it’s easy to do from inside the house. Otherwise it’s good just to get out and start the car, maybe even good for people to get out and drive around the block a little bit and get out of the house."

Your gas should be okay as long as you’re not planning to let your car sit idle for months.

If you are, maybe because you’re going on deployment, Linahan says you either need to leave it with someone who can start it up periodically or put a preservative in it.

If do you find that you car needs some work done right now, Linahan says they’ve taken steps to make sure you don’t have to interact with anyone.

They’ll pick up and drop off your car, you can drop it off yourself and use their shuttle to get home, or you can leave your keys in their drop box. You can even pay by text.