Snowmobiles are only a seasonal piece of equipment, so they spend most of the year out of use.
If you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of the vehicle and paying the least for it, then make sure that you’re storing it properly and that you have discussed those options with your snowmobile insurance company.
Taking extra precautions will make it easier and less expensive to own it and use it again next year.
The following are some of the most important rules for you to follow when it comes time to put your sled into storage now that the snow is gone for the next few months.
• Park the machine in a climate controlled space. There are many companies that offer this type of service, though it does come at a premium cost. If you can’t afford that price or if you can’t find a storage company that offers this feature, simply look for a place that will incur the smallest change in temperature so that parts of your vehicle won’t experience condensation build up.
• Spray the machine liberally with WD-40 before covering and storing it to keep all of the parts well lubricated and to protect it throughout the months that it is not being used.
• Follow the owner’s manual regarding how much gas to leave in the tank. While some recommend an empty tank, others say that it should be left full. The best thing is to make sure that you do as the manufacturer has recommended.
• Go over the entire machine to make sure that the moving parts and mechanical aspects are all working right. That way, they won’t worsen over the warm season and the vehicle will be much easier to put into use when the cold weather returns.
• Contact your snowmobile insurance agent to see if there are any discounts available while it is in storage. Though you may consider suspending your insurance while the vehicle is stored, it is best to talk to your agent before doing that, so that you know what the ramifications in your state may be