What Is Car Storage?
If you have two homes, live in an area with harsh winter conditions, and need to protect your vehicle, storage is the only option. If your car is parked outside and you don’t use it much, if your garage is used for important stuff like a boat, kids’ bikes or maybe it’s your man cave, then you most definitely need storage.
Enclosed Car Storage Units
If you are looking for a perfect way to protect your car from extreme temperatures, precipitation, sun damage, and natural disasters, enclosed car storage units are an ideal choice. Although you will typically pay more for enclosed car storage, you may save money in the long run by not having to repair hail damage, a cracked windshield, or a flooded interior. If you have a truly priceless car, a collector's item, or are leaving your car in storage for long periods of time, an enclosed storage for your vehicle can offer you the piece of mind knowing that your car is truly protected.
Before you choose an enclosed storage unit, it is important to measure your car carefully and consider all of your storage needs. Enclosed storage units come in standard sizes, so if you are unsure of your needs, give us a call and we’ll walk you through it! If your car has been customized, such as added larger wheels or a lift kit, you should consider that carefully, as this may add significant height to your vehicle.
Small enclosed car storage units are typically offered in 10' x 10' and 10' x 15' versions. 10' x 10' units will typically fit motorcycles, minis, or very small sports cars. The vast majority of American small cars, however, will fit inside a 10' x 15' enclosed storage unit. This includes coupes, hatchbacks, and some small crossover SUVs.
Medium enclosed car storage units are best for the majority of American cars on the road. If you have a mid-sized sedan or even a minivan, a medium storage unit of 10' x 20' is your best and most economical choice. This is by far the most popular choice for car owners who are looking to store their car safely.
Large enclosed car storage units are usually 10' x 30' and are perfect for large SUVs, pickup trucks, and full-sized vans. This is also a good option for anyone who wishes to store more than just an automobile in the storage unit or for anyone who wishes to have a little extra elbowroom to work on their vehicle. Units of 10' x 30' are often perfect for fitting a vehicle, plus furniture and other household items. While large enclosed storage units are a bit pricier, they may be the best financial choice for those individuals with multiple items to store. Having all of your items in one storage unit may be a cost-effective and efficient solution for both long-term and short-term storage.
Uncovered Car Storage
Small - Up to 8.5' wide x 20' long
Parking spaces for any kind of small to mid-size cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs.
Medium - Up to 8.5' wide x 35' long
Parking spaces for full-size pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs.
Large - Up to 10' wide x 50' long
Parking spaces for oversized trucks, buses, and RVs.
Prepareing Your Car For Long-Term Storage
If you are considering long-term car storage, there are a few steps you must take to protect your car from damage.
- Change the engine oil and filter
- Drain your cooling system and refill it with new 50/50 mixture of antifreeze
- Top up the transmission/differential/steering box
- Top off the brake fluid
- Wash and wax the exterior
- Vacuum the interior
- Disconnect the battery
- Clean the connector with a solution of baking soda and water
- Slip a plastic baggie over the exhaust tip and secure it with a rubber band to help keep moisture out of the engine
More About Car Storage
For the best temporary car storage or long-term classic car storage, it is important to choose a car storage facility that you trust. The car storage facility should have easy, drive up access, and indoor covered spaces that will protect your car. In addition, the facility you use to store your car should have good security features such as ample lighting, security cameras, and keypad access.
There are basically two options for car storage, outside storage and indoor storage. The popularity of outside storage has made storage facilities’ owners and operators include this as part of their inventory. All the elements are already in place, and with available land, outdoor spaces just need to be created. While this option may protect your car from vandalism and theft because it is parked on private, secure land, it does not protect your car from the elements and bad weather.
Indoor car storage seems to be the best option because your car is absolutely safe and well protected against the weather and other natural disasters. You can also service your vehicle while inside the storage space area, which makes it very convenient in cold temperature areas. There are also some boutique type car storage facilities, which although pricey, offer the best service. This often includes picking you up and dropping you off. Some even provide maintenance and their team can detect and advise on any automotive wear and tear. This option is for the car collector or for someone who has a fleet of cars that should not be exposed to the elements.