How do you start a car that has been sitting for a long time?

What’s the best way to start a car that hasn’t run for a while? My sister and I found an old car in my uncle's garage and we want to get it moving again.

Before you start a car that’s been sitting for a long time, you should make sure everything’s in working order. Depending on the duration and conditions in which the car was stored, it may have some severe issues.
So before you start it up, you should:
  • Replace the engine oil
  • Switch out the oil filter
  • Put in a new battery
  • Flush the radiator
  • Change out the coolants
  • Replace brake and steering fluids
  • Pump out the old gas and refill it with new gas
Don’t forget to pop the hood and look for any frayed wires, debris, and gunk. Everything should be cleaned and inspected before you start driving. But once you’ve finished all that, hopefully you won’t have any issue getting it started.
Remember, the car will be illegal to drive until you get insurance. So you should start looking into your state’s coverage requirements and contacting providers for rates.
If you don’t know where to start, you can always use Jerry. A licensed broker, the Jerry app can help you find and compare affordable rates from top insurance providers. It can even help you buy a new policy and send you new quotes whenever your plan is up for renewal.
Joshua Levy
Answered on Oct 26, 2021

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