Car Storage Tips

Fall is upon us and soon (hopefully not too soon!), the snow will begin to fall. It is no longer warm enough to drive around town in your convertibles and summer cars.

Even the Dymon Tesla is getting prepped for winter storage.

There are many reasons why you should store a car in self storage. If you plan on being away for an extended period of time such as a long vacation, work assignment or military deployment, it would be wise to temporarily store your car in a self storage facility. This will give you peace of mind that your car is protected from the elements and safe & secure while you are away. If you want to store your 1965 Red Ford Mustang Convertible or your 1957 Chevy or other collectible cars and keep them protected from the elements, then self storage is the best choice for storage for you.

Dymon offers larger storage unit sizes both inside our drive-in bay and facing outdoors at our facilities that would be perfect for car storage.
If you are storing a car for the winter season or longer there are some steps that you should take to prep your car for storage. The most important thing is that you want the car to still run when it is ready to come out of storage and be used again. Doing these storage tips will allow you to keep your stored vehicle in good condition for many years to come. Most storage facilities have rules that only allow cars in good working order to be stored at their facilities. A car cannot be towed into a storage unit. See your local storage facility for other rules pertaining to vehicle storage.
1. Make sure that you choose the correct storage unit size to fit your vehicle. If you are in a warmer climate, you might consider outside storage. This could be under cover or just in a parking lot. But, if you are in a climate with extreme temperatures, choose an inside climate controlled storage unit.
2. Thoroughly clean the inside and the outside of the car. Remove all food and trash from the inside and then vacuum the seats, floor and carpet. Wash and wax the outside of the car for added protection.
3. Just before storage, fill up the gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. The gas in the fuel tank will actually still be good after a year in storage in a unit under 80 degrees.
4. Right before you put the vehicle in storage, change the oil and filter and all other fluids including anti-freeze, power steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid.
5. Disconnect the battery during storage. If possible, remove the battery to a dry, cool spot. If available, connect the battery to a battery maintainer or trickle charger while the car is in storage.
6. Cover the tires with plastic sheeting and make sure that the air pressure is correct for the vehicle.
7. If possible, store the care up on blocks, wood or a jack. This will help protect the tires from going flat during long storage.
8. Cover the vehicle with a car tarp or cover. This is very important for storing vehicles outside. However, you should also cover the vehicle in an indoor storage unit to protect it from dust and dirt.
9. Make sure that the car registration and insurance is current. If the registration will be lapsing while in storage, make sure that you have taken care of this before placing the car in storage.

If you properly store your car now, it can be used for many years to come. Stop in to any Dymon location to find out how we can help with your car storage needs.

4 comments on “Car Storage Tips

  1. Self Storage Service
    October 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM #

    i think this winter storage is gonna e a great necessity especially for var owners so one should start thinking about the fact from now onwards.

  2. thinkinsure ontario car insurance
    December 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM #

    a few years back I used to take for granted storage…. just parking the car in my fathers barn, sometimes I go so far as to cover it with a tarp. But I learned the hard way as corrosion got the underbelly pretty bad and had a mouse problem in the interior…all in the same winter! found this to help also…

    Jon D.

  3. anu chauhan (@anuzizta)
    February 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM #

    Great tips! Proper storage can save you a lot of work down the road. The Part Pros are going to pass along a few tips of things you should do before packing your vehicle away for the winter.

  4. Car Storage Melbourne
    September 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM #

    Great tip on checking vehicle registration before using long term car storage, often overlooked!

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