I’ve had a car that’s over 20 years old. Runs reliably, but appearance is in “okay” condition (peeling & fading paint, dings, scratches, interior is worn). KBB and Craigslist value is only about $500-$800. I thought of selling it. But this car would be better for me to keep as a back-up/2nd vehicle indefinitely.
Here is my basic maintenance plan for the back-up vehicle:
- I plan to only drive this back-up car about once a month (March to October) and twice a month in the winter months to burn off moisture in the tank.
- Add fuel stabilizer to the tank.
- Check/charge the battery every fall and mid-winter.
While the car is not in daily/weekly use, will I still need to change engine oil, coolant, manual transmission fluid, brake fluid, air filter, spark plugs, etc.?