With the pandemic conditions, I've elected to terminate collision coverage on one of our two cars as we are hardly ever driving anywhere.

My understanding is that a car can sit idle for a while, but not indefinitely.

How often should I turn on the idle vehicle? Besides turning the vehicle on, is there anything additional I should do (i.e. rev the engine, let it run for 10 minutes, turn the wheel etc.)?

In general, I'm interested in mitigated any issues that might occur from letting the car sit for what's looking like might be 1-2 months.

Edit: This similar question does not answer my question. The querent in that question is able to drive their car, my situation involves me being unable to legally drive the car beyond just turning it on in the driveway.

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! You are right, the original "duplicate" question really didn't answer your question, however the one listed now in the closure should. I'm not talking about the answer which is checked, but other answers down the chain. Bottom line, as long as you are able to start/run your car once in a while, leaving it to run until fully warmed up should do you just fine. Read through the answers ... I think they'll provide the information you're looking for. Apr 9 '20 at 15:23
  • @Paulster that answers my question. Thank you! Apr 9 '20 at 23:10

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