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My 1999 Nissan Maxima has been sitting in our garage for 2 years because we lost the key. What maintenance can we expect to have done once we get the new key? The car ran perfectly before it's long stint in the garage.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Dear Liberty, First off, you should know that automobiles hate to just sit. 2 years is a long time. You should take it to your mechanic and ask them to check it completely over and give you a list in order of necessity and an estimate to do the work. I would be interested in the shape of all the fluids of the car, the belts, hoses and the condition of the brakes. If you live in a damp, wet climate, also have them check for rust. Best of Luck, Amy Mattinat

Debbie Lee, President at Professional Car Care Liberty, I would have towed to your local dealership or ASE certified shop give you estimate on what it will take to have up and running again and have them tell you the most important pieces to do first. Debbie Lee

Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Take the car to the repair facility that was caring for before you lost the key. Ask them to do a thorough inspection of the car and to tell what it will need to get it back on the road. Expect to have a few problems with the car because it has been sitting so long. The tires will probably need to be replaced and new fluids should be done. The car could be temperamental for a little while, so don't take it on long trips. Check into a AAA membership, in case it needs to be towed. Good Luck!

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