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  • Published: 2 April 2020

We recently spoke to Mark Jones, director of Spencers MOT and service centre about the best ways of looking after your car whilst it's not being used. 

 

How long can I leave my car without starting it?

Most cars are safe to not be started for approximately two weeks. The main issue is making sure the battery is properly charged so we would recommend running the engine for around 15mins every week. Never leave your car unattended whilst the engine is running though.

 

What happens to my car if I don’t drive it for a long time? Will it damage it?

Your car should be fine if it has been regularly started to keep the battery charge (see question above). Before you drive it again the tyres should be properly checked to make sure they have the correct pressure and are pumped up. When you drive it for the first time carefully check the brakes by using them regularly for the first few miles of driving.

 

My tax and insurance are going to run out during this time, do I still need it?

Even if you are not using it you still have to tax and insure your car unless you apply for a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). You can only do this though if you are going to keep the car off the road.

 

How do I make sure my battery remains charged?

If you have one, you can connect it to a mains powered battery maintainer. If you don’t, don’t worry just start the engine every 1-2 weeks for at least 15mins. This will let the battery charge and prevent the engine from flooding when you do eventually use the car.

 

How do I stop the brakes from seizing?

When a car is parked up for a long period of time the brakes can seize. To stop this from happening you can start the car and move it back and forth slightly on a regular basis.

 

Stay safe & we’ll see you soon!

 

Spencers Car Sales

Transport For London

Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

Information from Transport For London

Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/vrm-checker-ulez

Spencers Car Sales

At Spencers Car Sales we charge an admin fee of £50 when you purchase a used vehicle from us. The admin fee pays towards the preparation of your new car, to make sure it’s safe and immaculate when you drive it away.

Admin fee is charged as listed below:

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