Storing a Car You No Longer Use

There are many reasons people turn to car storage units in Concord for their vehicles: the car may hold real or sentimental value but they no longer drive it or have space for it, they may be looking for a secure place to store a vehicle they only use seasonally, or they may be traveling for an extended period and need a place to keep their car. Whatever the reason, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when storing a vehicle. Here are eight ways to help ensure your car remains in great condition while it is in storage. 

  1. Find secure storage. Just like you would vet self-storage or contractor storage units for your valuable stored items, look for a facility that offers secure car storage. This means your vehicle is kept safe from the elements, only approved people have access to the facility, and security measures like cameras and on-site staff are in place. 
  2. Prep your car for storage. Though it may seem counterintuitive, it’s a good idea to prep your car as if you were going to show it off before you tuck it away for an extended period. Thoroughly cleaning your car means it will hold up better over time. This includes vacuuming, cleaning, and oiling the interior to ensure nothing attracts rodents or insects and washing and waxing the exterior to help preserve the paint. 
  3. Fill the tank. Again, it may not make sense to have a full tank of gas for a car to sit in one spot, but filling the tank and adding a gasoline stabilizer is a smart move if you are storing your car for longer than 30 days. This prevents moisture from accumulating in the gas tank and keeps the seals from drying out. 
  4. Consider a vapor barrier. If your car will be parked on unsealed concrete or another porous surface while in storage, lay down a plastic sheet or tarp to create a vapor barrier. The sheet will keep moisture that evaporates from the floor from reaching the underside of your car. 
  5. Remove the battery. Even when you are not using your vehicle, some electrical systems in your car can end up draining your battery over time. To preserve your battery, remove, inspect, and clean it and store it inside your car or on a clean dry surface in the facility. 
  6. Lubricate the hinges. For parts that might be vulnerable to moisture build-up and corrosion, like door hinges or the hood release hatch, give them a good once-over with a quality lubricant to protect them from damage. 
  7. Seal the engine. Ideally, your car storage facility does not have an issue with unwanted critters, but just to be safe and make sure no one makes a home out of your engine, take moment to seal it off. This can be as simple as placing clean rags in any openings like the tailpipe, fresh air intake, and the engine air intake. However, remember to take the rags out before getting your car back on the road!
  8. Give it a spin occasionally. If possible, start up your car and give it a spin at least every 60 days, ideally for 30 miles or more. 

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site:  https://www.abbastorage.com/storing-car-no-longer-use/

Storing a Car You No Longer Use

Covered Car

If you have a car that you aren’t yet ready to part with but you also don’t drive that often, you may be ready to put your car in storage. Before placing your car in storage there are some things you should do to make sure your car stays in great condition.

Getting Your Car Ready for Storage

  • Clean It – The first thing you will want to do is have your car washed. You may also want it polished and waxed. Before driving it into the storage unit make sure it is completely dry and there is no debris, mud or grease.
  • Have an Oil Change Done – If you are storing your vehicle longer than a month it is a good idea to get the oil changed. Used engine oil can often have contaminants, these can do damage to your car’s engine while it is stored.
  • Fill Up the Gas Tank – Filling up your car’s gas tank can help prevent moisture from building up and accumulating inside the tank. It will also keep seals from drying out. Think about adding a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank too.
  • Start or Drive Your Car Often – You will want to at least start the car every two weeks. By keeping the cars battery charged your car will be ready to pull out of storage when you need it. If you leave the battery to sit without starting it, the battery will lose its charge.
  • Take off the Parking Brake – Look for a flat pad to store your car on and don’t use the parking brake. When the parking brake is constantly engaged there is a chance that the pads and rotors may fuse together. If you are worried about your car moving, use a chock.
  • Keep Critters Away – Take a proactive approach to keeping critters away from your car by laying out traps in the storage unit. You can also use mothballs or cotton swabs with peppermint oil.
  • Use a Cover – Even if your car is in a storage garage, using a cover can help keep your car in great condition. If your car is being stored outside, be sure to use a weatherproof car cover!

Once your car is ready you will need a secure place to store it. The team at Self Storage of Windsor can help. We offer a range of different storage options to suit your budget. You can be assured that your car is secure and protected from the elements till you are ready to drive it again. Contact the team at Self Storage Windsor today to learn more about our car storage options.

This blog originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storing-car-no-longer-use/.