When fall weather approaches along with cooler air, it means our Turbo Regals run faster. In certain areas of the country, it also means putting your pride and joy away for the winter months.

I have written about this before and have offered some of the tricks I employ to keep the rodents at bay.

Just like theft deterrents, when it comes to protecting your car, don't count on just one single thing.

Keep in mind, any method that relies on smell (such as moth balls or dryer sheets) means that after 2-3 months, your car will take on that smell and sometimes the fragrance wears off along with the deterrent.

Traps are nice.

You can also find sound devices you plug into an outlet that only rodents can hear. These are suppose to keep little critters away.

Having 2-3 cats on hand is another option. Personally that is one option I use. Two outside/inside cats that have a good life in my garage. From mice, butterflies or snakes, cats makes no distinction and can keep little critters from nesting in your stored vehicle.

Over the years, on cars I have bought I have seen residue, nesting material, nuts, etc. under the hood pads and under the intake. I've even found stuff packed in the air box so solid, it made the car run poorly.

Here's a related story about the perils of storing an original GNX.

In 2006 I received a call from a long-time customer who has a GNX with just 583 actual miles on it. He's owned it since the mid-1990s. He's had it in a storage place in another state and basically did not check on it for a while. He also had another car stored in the same location, a Monte Carlo SS. At the time, I am not sure if he knew it or not, but also stored in the building was the warehoused candy from a candy vendor. So there were also boxes of cookies, snacks along with candy.

It's hard to imagine what can happen when you add rodents to the mix. I did not believe it until he emailed me pictures. Keep in mind, this was a 583-mile original GNX.

When he opened the hood, it was packed solid with candy. He literally removed (wearing gloves) almost 50 lbs. of candy. This is only the candy he could get to and remove. He could only remove the visible pieces, but you name it, it's been stuffed with candy! It is truly amazing. It takes a lot of candy to equal 50 lbs.

Our photos show two views of the engine compartment packed with candy. The third photo shows the box full of candy that was removed from the car. This doesn't include the candy he couldn't reach. The fourth photo shows the odometer proving the GNX has only 583 miles.

I have never seen so much destruction by rodents. He doesn’t think any of the wires have been disturbed and hopefully they haven't.

Fortunately, he has insurance and the car will eventually be cleared out. Once the insurance is settled, the next step will be to dismantle the entire front end and clean out every open area in the inner fender, air box, etc. and throughout the entire car.

So, for any of you that have to store your car(s), consider this - Be sure to put the same effort into protecting your car, not only from theft but from rodents who seek a warmth home. Combine storaging your car with any available food, and it is the perfect breeding ground for rodents with disastrous results.