How Long Can a Car Sit Without Moving?

Will My Car Be OK Sitting Around While Social Distancing?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips & Tricks on Monday, April 20th, 2020 at 9:40 am
Service engine light on in the dashboard

Times are certainly a bit strange these days. We are all adjusting to a new and different normal for the time being. We are all being responsible by staying indoors as much as possible. Social distancing is important to keep us healthy, but how is that affecting the health of your car? 

All travel should be limited as much as possible, but your car doesn’t do well just sitting around. We can get most things delivered to us, so we don’t have to go outside too often. You might be starting to feel the effects of sitting around the house, but how does your car feel? Cars are also negatively impacted by sitting around. 

How Long Can a Car Sit Without Moving? 

Moving around can feel stiff and unpleasant if you sit around too much. You can feel your body ache unless you get outside for regular exercise. Your car is feeling very similar right now as it lounges in the driveway. What is happening to your car? The effects on your car will depend on its overall condition and how everything is working. 

Hand adjusting something in an engine
Man overlooking an engine with a flashlight

In simple terms, if your car is in bad condition already, then lingering for too long will have a larger impact. Batteries will slowly lose charge if they aren’t driven around to charge with the alternator. Sitting around in the driveway will also cause flat spots to develop on your tires and the gas tank will start to gather moisture. 


Why You Should Trust a Dealership for Repairs


Vehicle Service in Los Angeles, CA 

You should try and take your car out for a spin at least once every two weeks. If your car has sat for some time, then schedule service with Volkswagen of Downtown Los Angeles to get back into working condition. Please give us a call with any questions and we’ll be happy to help. 

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