I'm working in Grinnell Iowa for a year. I plan on traveling to the east coast for a few weeks in December- 1 month at most. The town is really tiny so there's practically no options for covered storage. I'm flying out of Des Moines and haven't checked what parking options there might be- I imagine there might be something there but I don't know if it would be worth the hassle or cost.
Would it be really bad for the car to just leave it uncovered (there's a small lot for my building) for when I'm gone? I should say also that it's a 2003 Suzuki XL7 that I've had for almost 10 years. It had a lot of problems last year and I thought at a certain point that I'd have to just trash it but it made it through. I drove it all the way from NY when I moved and it has been running fine, but I am nervous about doing anything that could make it worse.
If I do leave it (it should be safe), are there at least things I could do to make it more durable during that time?
(I'm hoping eventually to get a new car, but I want to maintain this as long as practically possible!)