Vehicles that spend little time on the road, whether relegated to the back of the garage for long periods or used only occasionally, face challenges! Although often overlooked, immobilizing a vehicle for long periods can have a considerable impact on its performance, durability and safety.

What are the risk factors for a vehicle with low mileage?

Whether it’s due to occasional journeys, collector vehicles or special situations, cars that don’t travel much are exposed to specific risks. This prolonged period of inactivity can have unsuspected consequences on various parts of your car!

BODYWORK: When a vehicle is immobilized for long periods, its bodywork is exposed to a number of risks that can alter its condition and appearance. Dust, dirt and contaminants accumulated over time can damage paintwork and create stubborn stains. Depending on where your car is parked, there may be variations in temperature and humidity that can promote body corrosion. To avoid the risk of corrosion and stubborn stains, we recommend that you regularly clean your car’s bodywork and protect it with a bodywork treatment.

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WINDSHIELD WIPERS: When a vehicle is parked for long periods, the windshield wipers are subjected to certain hazards which can impair their efficiency. Rubber wiper blades can lose their flexibility and become less effective at cleaning the windscreen. Windscreen wipers are also exposed to atmospheric elements such as UV rays, heat and cold, which can accelerate the ageing and degradation of wiper rubber. This aging can lead to streaking and/or streaking during use. To keep your wipers in good working order, we recommend that you lift them. It’s also important to clean them as often as possible with a soft cloth to remove dirt and maintain their efficiency. If, despite these efforts, the wipers show signs of wear or deterioration, it’s a good idea to replace them to ensure optimum visibility when driving.


When a vehicle is idle for long periods, the battery can face a number of challenges which impact on its performance and longevity. Even when not in use, the battery can be deeply discharged, affecting its ability to store and deliver energy. To prevent your vehicle’s battery from discharging, we recommend that you start the vehicle as often as possible, and leave it running for a few minutes. You can also use a battery charger to power the battery and prevent it from discharging. Other vehicle components can also be affected by prolonged inactivity, such as the handbrake, fluids, fuel system and air conditioning.

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