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Luxury Car or Family Car: Is there a Difference in Upkeep When You’re Away for an Extended Period?

May 11, 2023


For car owners, going on a vacation or leaving town for work can be both exciting and stressful. While the excitement of traveling to new places can be exhilarating, the thought of leaving your car or cars behind for an extended period can be daunting. This is especially true if you own a luxury vehicle, as these cars may have unique maintenance needs. In this blog post we’ll explore the differences in upkeep of luxury cars vs. family cars and provide information about ways to keep your vehicles in good condition while you’re away.

The Differences Between Luxury Car and Family Car Upkeep While You’re Away

For the most part, maintenance of your vehicle is the same, if not similar, when you must leave it for an extended time. However, there are some unique facets of care for a luxury vehicle that must be considered, they include:

  • Complexity of the car. Luxury cars often have more complex and sophisticated systems compared to family cars. This means they may require more specialized maintenance and upkeep, and could be more vulnerable to issues if not used regularly.
  • Storage environment. Luxury cars may require more specialized storage environments such as climate-controlled facilities to protect them from the elements and prevent interior or exterior damage. Family cars, on the other, can tolerate standard storage environments.
  • Cost of maintenance. Luxury cars are often more expensive to maintain and repair due to the higher cost of parts and maintenance. Regular maintenance while you’re away can keep them running efficiently.
  • Risk of theft or damage. Luxury cars can be more attractive to thieves or vandals, and it is important to take extra precautions to protect them.

Planning for someone to take care of your car when you go away for a long period of time is important for several reasons:

  • Your car needs regular maintenance to keep in good working condition. When left unattended, it may develop a dead battery, flat tires, engine or electrical problems, corrosion, stale fuel or rodent damage.
  • Your car may be a target for theft or vandalism when it looks like it hasn’t been moved in a while.
  • Some insurance policies may require someone to check on your car if you leave it unattended for a certain period of time. Failing to do so could result in your policy being voided in the event of a claim.
  • The peace of mind knowing that someone is taking care of your car can allow you to enjoy your time away without worrying about your car’s safety or condition.

Related: Here’s what can happen if you let your car sit too long.

Having someone you trust, like a Home Watch professional, regularly check on your car and drive it to keep it running smoothly can help prevent issues, keep your car in good condition, and help ensure your car remains safe.

How Golden Rule Home Watch Can Protect Your Luxury and Family Cars While You’re Away

A Home Watch company can provide a range of convenient services including:

  • Regular inspections to ensure everything is in order with your battery, tires, fluids and other components.
  • Driving your car periodically to prevent flat spots on the tires, keep the battery charged and prevent issues with the engine and its components.
  • Scheduled maintenance services such as oil changes and tune-ups.
  • Detailing inside and out to keep your car looking and smelling fresh.
  • Emergency response to issues such as a flat tire, dead battery, or vandalism.
  • Secure storage arrangements at a local facility.

If you’re planning on leaving your luxury car or family car behind for an extended period, consider hiring Golden Rule Home Watch & Concierge and our Car Watch service to help protect your investment and provide you with peace of mind. Our team of professionals has the knowledge and expertise to care for your vehicle, ensuring that it remains in top condition while you’re away. We’ll provide regular maintenance, secure your car, and keep you informed of any issues that may arise.

Don’t let the stress of worrying about your car ruin your trip. Contact Golden Rule Home Watch today at 855-928-2424 to learn more about our Car Watch services and how we can help protect both your home and your vehicles. We’re proudly serving families throughout Northern Virginia.