Stars
Top tips for keeping your car ready for its next adventure
Top tips for keeping your car ready for its next adventure

With the country in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, you’re probably not driving your Subaru as much as you’re used to. If you’re wondering what to do with your car if you aren’t running it around on a regular basis, here are a few simple tips to help ensure your Subaru is ready for its next adventure – once we’re all allowed to get out and about again.

Make sure your Subaru will be raring to go

When the current lockdown is lifted, your Subaru will be as keen as you are for a change of scenery. So make sure it’s ready for The Big Day. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Keeping your fluids, and most importantly your fuel tank, filled up will help prevent condensation, which could cause issues if allowed to build up over time.
  • Keep your Subaru’s battery topped up by driving for at least 30 minutes every week or so if possible. If you can’t do this, you can connect a trickle charger (either mains or solar) or disconnect the negative terminal of the car’s battery; if you’d like to do this but need advice or guidance, please contact us on 0121 730 8166 or email contactus@subaru.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help. Any one of these steps will help keep your battery in good condition.
  • While you’re in the car, running the engine, we suggest activating the aircon, both hot and cold, and gently pumping the brake pedal to keep the brake pads free from the wheels.
  • It’s also good practice to check and adjust your tyre pressures before storing your vehicle. If you aren’t using your car regularly, try to check tyre pressures every four weeks. Most importantly, make sure you check them before you start to use your vehicle regularly again.
  • Sometimes, when a car is parked up for a long period with the parking brake on, the brakes can seize. To prevent this, release the parking brake and move the vehicle a short distance back and forth, while you’re running the engine.
  • To prevent the wiper blades from sticking to the windscreen, gently lift them off the glass and give them a wipe with a lint free cloth every couple of weeks.

If your Subaru’s MOT is due, don’t worry

The Government has granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing from 30th March, enabling you to continue to use your Subaru for travel when it’s absolutely necessary. All cars, vans and motorcycles that would usually require an MOT test during this time must be kept in a roadworthy condition. For added reassurance, you can contact your insurance company to confirm they are following the exemption period.

Subaru UK and its dealerships are committed to supporting the UK’s key workers, and we know that many essential workers rely on their vehicles. So a number of our workshops remain open to carry out essential servicing, maintenance and repair work – albeit with restricted access plus additional safety and cleaning procedures in place.

The opening times and policies of Subaru dealerships across the UK may vary, so please call ahead to check that they are open and happy to receive you before you travel. Some dealerships are also offering vehicle collection and delivery services, ensuring minimal contact for essential appointments.

What better time for a spring clean?

Why not spend an hour or two getting some fresh air while you wash and wax your Subaru? Not only will this leave your car with a fresh sparkle, but it will also protect the paint surface. At any time, be sure to remove any bird droppings from your car as soon as possible to prevent paint damage.

News & stories

August 12, 2020
What makes a good SUV?

Start exploring the vast range of SUVs available to you and you’ll soon discover that it pays to put in a few hours of focused research about what would make …

Read more
July 14, 2020
Top tips for getting the most out of a test drive

So you’re thinking about buying a new car? That’s a great idea: engineering and technological advances mean that new cars are typically significantly safer, more capable and more reliable than …

Read more
July 9, 2020
Which Subaru SUV is right for you?

Subaru is renowned for the safety, capability and reliability of its range of SUVs – but which is the best choice for you? We constantly strive to build cars that …

Read more
June 1, 2020
OUR DEALERSHIPS ARE NOW OPEN

We’re delighted to announce that Subaru dealerships across the country have re-opened both aftersales and sales operations, following the latest Government guidance. For Subaru, safety is always paramount. A focus …

Read more
May 26, 2020
SHEER PULLING POWER

Craig Goulding, part of Subaru’s technical team, knows a thing or two about towing a caravan. He’s been doing it for 30 years and has probably visited every caravan site …

Read more
April 14, 2020
Subaru Awarded Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2020 Driver Power Survey

For the second year running, Subaru has been voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2020 Driver Power survey, the UK’s number one car ownership poll. In the overall …

Read more
April 3, 2020
Top tips for keeping your car ready for its next adventure

With the country in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic, you’re probably not driving your Subaru as much as you’re used to. If you’re wondering what to do with your …

Read more
April 1, 2020
Subaru & COVID-19: Supporting the UK’s Key Workers

With the situation in the UK continuing to evolve as the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, we’d like to assure you that Subaru UK and Subaru dealerships across the …

Read more
March 26, 2020
SPRING HAS SPRUNG… IT’S TIME FOR JULIAN TO ROLL UP HIS SLEEVES

The UK is gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping across Europe, but for me it’s almost business as usual. As a busy mixed practice vet, theservice my colleagues and I …

Read more
January 26, 2020
Euro NCAP testing: why safe cars are getting even safer

Later this year, Euro NCAP is introducing even more rigorous safety tests for new vehicles to give consumers enhanced guidance about the collision safety of their cars. We explore the …

Read more
January 10, 2020
All-New Forester e-BOXER. 4×4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year

All-new Forester e-BOXER – the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru – has awarded 4×4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year 2020, a testimony to our on-going commitment to build …

Read more
January 8, 2020
All-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER awarded Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019

The all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER – the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru – has been named Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019 in the Small Off-Road / MPV class. This …

Read more
December 19, 2019
ALL-NEW SUBARU FORESTER E-BOXER AWARDED MAXIMUM 5-STAR RATING IN 2019 EURO NCAP SAFETY TEST

We’re delighted to announce that all-new Forester e-BOXER – the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru – has achieved the maximum 5-star rating in the 2019 European New Car Assessment Programme …

Read more
December 4, 2019
‘Tis the season to drive safely…

It’s that time of year again; where the world and their offspring load up their motors to visit loved ones and spread festive cheer. Here are a few tips to …

Read more
November 4, 2019
Mission: Emissions

The price of many vehicles will be going up in January 2020. Find out what the Excess Emission Premium – also known as EEP – is and how it could …

Read more
October 30, 2019
All-New Forester e-BOXER: First Drive

As a man that’s driven practically every car we’ve ever made, we wanted to know what Subaru fanatic Paul Cowland would make of the all-new Forester e-BOXER, the first self-charging …

Read more
May 20, 2019
ALL-ROUND SAFETY ALL AROUND THE WORLD

Looking ahead, Subaru Corporation recently announced Subaru’s vision to eliminate traffic accident deaths involving Subaru vehicles by 2030. Already, the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) is delivering new vehicles with …

Read more
April 26, 2019
THE ROAD FROM RURAL VET TO TV PERSONALITY

You’ll likely recognise Julian Norton from the hit Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet, now into its eighth series of heart-warming tales of veterinary life in rural Yorkshire. We chat …

Read more
April 24, 2019
SUBARU AWARDED BEST MANUFACTURER FOR SAFETY FEATURES IN THE 2019 DRIVER POWER SURVEY

Subaru has been voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2019 Driver Power Survey, the UK’s number one car ownership survey – beating off stiff competition from 29 other …

Read more
February 27, 2019
THE OUTBACK HAD A LITTLE LAMB

This month we’ve caught back up with Julian Norton, co-star of hit Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet. We might have faced some wintery conditions in the UK of late, …

Read more
February 27, 2019
THE SUBARU BRZ GOES FULL THROTTLE WITH PAUL COWLAND

Known as the world’s toughest race track, the fabled Nürburgring requires a special kind of car to truly get the most from its many twists and turns. Paul Cowland tells …

Read more
January 14, 2019
K T GREEN NAMED SUBARU DEALER OF THE YEAR 2018

Subaru UK are pleased to announce that K T Green have been named ‘Subaru Dealer of the Year 2018’. The family-owned dealership, based in Pool in Wharfedale, Leeds, was recognised …

Read more
January 11, 2019
SUBARU XV. 4X4 MAGAZINE’S CROSSOVER ESTATE OF THE YEAR

Birmingham, 11th January 2019 – Subaru UK is pleased to announce the Subaru XV has been awarded 4×4 Magazine’s ‘Crossover Estate of the Year 2019’, a testimony to Subaru’s on-going …

Read more