How do you store a Toyota Prius?

I’m going overseas for a six-month job contract, but I want to make sure I keep my Toyota Prius in great shape while I’m gone. What do I need to do to properly store a Toyota Prius?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congratulations on the new job! That should be quite the adventure.
To keep your car in like-new condition while you’re gone, you should follow a two-pronged approach before and during your time away. Here’s how to store a
Toyota Prius
Before storage:
  • Change the oil and engine coolant.
  • Top off the gas.
  • Wash the car both inside and out.
  • Repair any paint chips or minor damage.
During storage:
  • Drive the car for about 15 minutes before you permanently store it.
  • Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery terminal.
  • Make sure the parking brake is off.
  • Put the car on jack stands if possible to avoid flat spots on the tires.
  • Cover the vehicle.
  • If possible, ask someone to drive the vehicle at least once a month to make sure the car still runs and that no rodents have gotten into the engine or electronics.
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