How do I store a car in Florida?

I live in Florida, but I got a one-year job contract in New York City. I won’t need my car in the Big Apple, so I’m going to keep it at my house in Tampa. I’ve never stored a car before, so I’m wondering, how do I store a car in Florida?

Answer
Congratulations on your new job in New York! That’s exciting! As far as car storage, don’t feel too stressed. By doing some basic maintenance and finding a dry storage space away from the sun, you can ensure that your car is in tip-top shape when you return.
Before you set off for the Empire State, follow these steps to properly store your car in Florida.
  • Change the oil.
  • Fill the fuel tank to lessen the chance of moisture entering the gas tank.
  • Wash and wax your car to preserve the exterior and minimize any incidence of corrosion.
  • Fill the tires to the proper PSI.
  • Disconnect the battery.
  • Find a storage spot, preferably a climate-controlled garage.
  • Use a dehumidifier if necessary to minimize the growth of mold.
  • Try to find a friend or family member to drive your car at least once a week or so to keep the vehicle in working order.
By following these steps, you can make sure that your car remains in good condition, even if you’re away for a year or more.
If you’re going to store your car for a long time (or even just the duration of your job contract), make sure you add car storage coverage to a new or existing policy with the Jerry app.
As a licensed broker, Jerry can help you find and compare quotes from over 50 top providers in just minutes. When you find the best rate for your car storage policy, Jerry can help you buy your new coverage and even cancel your old policy. Average customers even save nearly $900 per year!
Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 25, 2021
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