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If you do not drive your car regularly enough, or if you end up leaving it out without running it for a very long time, you will find that, when you are ready to use it again, there are a whole host of problems with the vehicle that were not there before you stopped using it. Cars need to be used on a regular basis; otherwise their parts begin to prematurely age and everything from the fuel to the oil inside them begins to deteriorate as well.

If you do not plan on using your vehicle for an extended period of time, you should be sure to take the proper steps before storing it so that you can rest assured that when you go back to use it, it will still be in peak condition, just as you left it. Or if you are the type of driver who does not really like driving and often only uses his car for short trips away from home, you should definitely consider letting a friend or family member borrow the car to keep using it more regularly and keep it running strong as a result.

Below are some of the things that you can expect will happen to your car if you let it sit too long without being used.

Fuel Pumps Will Stop Working

If, after your car has sat for a long time, it will not start when you go to turn it on, it could be that your fuel pump broke down during the time it had been sitting because the car’s fluids were not running through all of the various components built into the car, leading to damage over time. If your fuel pump is, indeed, causing you problems, you will need to have your mechanic repair or replace it for you.

The Car Fluids Go Bad

When your car sits for a long time, its various fluids, including antifreeze, oil, and others, will go bad because they have not been running through all of the proper compartments throughout the car’s engine. Therefore, you need to drain out all of the fluids before storing your car for a long period of time. Follow your car’s manual or ask a professional for help in doing so. And then make sure you remember to replace all of these fluids before starting the car up again.

The Car Battery May Die

One of the things that is most likely to stop working while your car sits for a long time is the battery. Without a charged battery, you will not be able to get the car started. You will either have to have someone use jumper cables to give your battery a short-term boost and get it running again temporarily, or you will have to get the battery replaced entirely. The older the car’s battery is, the more quickly it will drain while it sits, but even newer car batteries can drain if the car is not used for a long period of time.

Alexander Geroge is a renowned author and expert in all things technology related. He frequently visits regplates.com to check out the latest car personalisation technology.