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Don't remove a battery lead unless you know the radio code
If you are going to leave your car unused for a while there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that it will be in good condition and ready to use when you get back. What you will need to do depends on how long the vehicle will be left.
We've broken it down to 'up to a month', 'one to three months', and 'more than three months'.
If you're not sure if the battery will stay charged, a 'smart charger' is a great investment. These only charge the battery when it needs it and can be left connected without risk of overcharging.
In addition to the 'one month' points:
As an alternative to ventilation you could seal the garage and use a dehumidifier – cheaper and probably better than heating. (A dehumidifier will need a low-temperature shut-off though as it can't work below about 4C. Corrosion is not a problem in very cold weather, provided the car is dry and free from road salt.
In addition to the one month and three month points:
The work required to start a car that's not been used for a long time will depend to some extent on how well the car was prepared before being put into 'storage'.
Arrange a full service once the car is running again.
You can only drive a car without an MOT on the highway if it is being driven by prior arrangement to a garage for an MOT.
If garage work is required before the MOT then the car should be moved only by truck or trailer.
(3 October 2012)