Vehicle Storage Tips

Published on 11/1/2022

car storage tips

We have a lot of clients who store cars, our 10x20 units are perfect for indoor car storage!  Here are a few tips to make sure your car stays well maintained while being stored.

1. Keep the fuel stable

If you’re going to store your car for more than two months, you’ll also want to add a stabilizer. This will protect your fuel system and preserve the gasoline for up to 12 months.

2. Maintain Your Battery

When a car’s battery is left unused, it will eventually lose its charge. You can avoid a dead battery during long-term car storage by simply disconnecting it. However, while this is effective, doing so will usually cause you to lose your radio presets, clock settings, and more.

If you want to keep all your settings and ensure your battery will work well when you return, you can purchase a trickle charger. This is a device that connects your battery to a wall outlet. It will periodically provide a small electrical charge, keeping your battery fresh.

3. Protect the Wiper Blades

When left in the same position for a long time, the rubber from your wiper blades can stick to your windshield glass. Prevent this from happening by putting a strip of plastic under each blade before putting your car into long-term storage. If you prefer, you could also completely remove your wiper blades or leave them in the “out” position.

4. Plug the Tailpipe

Nobody wants to pull their vehicle out of storage only to find that critters have taken up residence inside. Not only will this make a mess, but your car is also full of things for rodents to chew on.

Keep mice and other pests out of your vehicle by covering any spaces where they can enter. This includes your exhaust pipe and air intakes. A cloth, steel wool, or aluminum foil can all work well. Just don’t forget to remove the covering before you drive your car again.

5. Don’t Use the Parking Brake

Using your parking brake during long-term car storage can lead to problems. If your parking brake is connected for too long, it can fuse with the wheel's interior, causing serious issues.

6. Add a Body Cover

Even if you plan to store your vehicle under an outdoor structure, you should consider covering it. A body cover will provide an extra layer of protection, keeping your vehicle clean and preventing damage if anything falls on it.

Look for a premium breathable custom-fit cover. It should extend down over the wheel wells and have straps to secure it tightly.

7. Park on Plastic or a Tarp

It’s a good idea to park it on top of a durable piece of plastic or a tarp. This will prevent oils and elements from creeping up from the ground and damaging your wheels. It will also prevent any leaks or drips from damaging the floor. Keeping the floor clean will also ensure you get your deposit back.

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