How to Store Your Vehicle Properly in Self Storage
If you have a vehicle you don’t use very often or don’t currently have space to park, it’s time to look at vehicle storage. We offer a variety of options specifically designed for storing your cars and other large vehicles. Storage is a great way to protect your car and save space.
How to Prepare Your Car For Storage
There are several things you should do before storing your car for any period of time longer than a couple of months.
Add gas and a stabilizer to your tank to prevent rusting and damage to the fuel system. Change the oil, and disconnect or remove the battery to ensure your car will start when you are ready to remove it from storage.
Put tire jacks under the tires to prevent flats and take the weight off of the tires. Make sure your car is clean inside and out.
You’ll also want to cover your car even if it is stored in an enclosed storage unit.
Most storage facilities have rules or guidelines for the vehicles they accept into storage. Common rules include:
- Vehicles must be in drivable condition
- Tires must be inflated and in good condition
- The vehicle must be registered and insured
- Storage units may not be used as workshops
Secure Car Storage Gives Peace of Mind
Car storage not only protects your car from the weather, but also from vandalism. It ensures that your car is safe all of the time. In some ways, your vehicle is safer in our storage facility than in your own garage. Storage units can be securely locked, and storage facilities are equipped with security cameras that record the premises around the clock.
When deciding how and where to store your car, take the climate in which you live into account. If you live in a warm, temperate area, storing your vehicle outdoors with a car cover may be a viable option. But if you live in an area with harsh winters, rain, tropical storms or hurricanes, indoor storage is preferable.
Vehicle Storage Options
Some self-storage facilities let you store your vehicle in a regular storage unit, while others may require you to store it in a parking lot. There are also storage facilities that are only for vehicles.
It is best to check with the self-storage facility manager before storing your vehicle and let him or her know what type of vehicle you plan to store and the length of time that you plan to store it. The manager can guide you to the best storage option based on your storage plans.
As long as the unit is large enough and there is no chance of damage as the vehicle enters and exits, many self-storage facilities will allow you to store your car inside a regular storage unit. These units offer the most protection possible for your vehicle. Be sure to rent a unit that is climate-controlled to avoid changes in temperature and reduce the chances of your vehicle rusting.
Covered storage shelters your vehicle from the sun, rain, and dirt. Typically these are side-by-side spaces built to protect your car as best as possible. Covered storage is a good option for warm climates, but if you have a lot of snow or rain where you live, enclosed storage is preferred.
Outdoor storage is usually the cheapest option, but it is not the best choice for long-term storage since it provides little protection against the elements. Some businesses rent out spaces in their covered parking lots. However, these lots usually charge a large fee and are not as secure as other storage options.
If you still have questions about how to store your vehicle, contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.