Storing Ferrari & Maserati for the Winter

Storing Ferrari & Maserati for the Winter

It’s that sad time of the year again when a lot of the Italian masterpieces that grace the streets of Vancouver go into hibernation for the winter. By following the few storage tips below you can ensure your prancing horse will be ready to gallop come spring time!

Note: It is better to drive the vehicle for at least a ½ hour once a week than to store it all winter.

  1. Make sure the vehicle’s service is up to date:  The various fluids that are used in your vehicle start to loose their protective properties with age and mileage. A rule of thumb is that engine oil should be replaced at least once a year and the other fluids (brake, steering, coolant, gearbox/differential) every 2 years.
  2. Fill up the fuel tank. The reason for this is that where there is air there is moisture which contaminates the fuel and can cause rust in older vehicle fuel systems. If the vehicle is going to be in storage for less than 1 year, fuel stabilizers are not needed.
  3. Inflate the tires to around 45 psi to reduce the size of the flat spots on the tires that occur when the vehicle stands on the same patch of tire for a prolonged time. Never exceed the maximum pressure marked on the tire sidewall.
  4. Use a battery maintainer to keep the battery at the proper voltage. The genuine Ferrari/Maserati chargers are safe to be left plugged in all season long.
  5. Get a full interior and exterior detailing. This ensures that the paint, leather and rubber trim have a protective coating prior to storing.
  6. A genuine Ferrari/Maserati car cover will give your vehicle that extra line of defence.

Please call our service department at 604-215-8778 if you have any questions or to book an appointment to have your vehicle prepared for storage!