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.
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Choose a facility you trust for the best temporary car storage or long-term classic car storage. The facility should have easy, drive up access, indoor covered spaces that will protect your car, and of course 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 to include as part of their inventory. All the elements are already in place, and with available land, outdoor spaces just need to be created. This option, though, does protect your car from vandalism and theft, because it is parked in private, secure land, but it does not protect it against the elements.
Indoor car storage seems to be the best option because your car is absolutely safe and well protected against the weather. 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 care storage facilities, although pricey, they offer the best service which includes picking you up and dropping you off. Some even provide maintenance and their team can detect any wear and tear and give you advice. This option is for the car collector or if you have a fleet of cars that you don’t want exposed to the elements.
There are a few steps you must take to protect your car if your storage needs include long periods of time without driving it. 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 and vacuum the interior, disconnect the battery and 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 – this will help keep moisture out of the engine.