Tips for Storing Vehicles
There are many reasons why you may find yourself putting your car in storage. Whether you’re heading south for the winter, or simply putting your summer ride into storage, there are certain precautions that should be taken into consideration when putting your car in storage for long periods of time.
Here are some helpful tips to ensure your car will start next spring:
Before you put your car in storage, be sure to give it a thorough wash. Dirt, grease, and other debris can damage the paint over time, so ensure you spray all nooks and crevices, like the wheel wells, windows, and around the bumpers. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, a coat of wax will ensure your paint job stays fresh and bright for months to come.
The interior conditions of the car are just as important as the exterior. There’s nothing worse than being greeted in the springtime with a waft of sour milk or spoiled fruit. Wash your carpets and vacuum your seats before bringing your car to the storage unit.
Give it Some Gas
If you’re leaving your car in storage for more than one month, filling your car with gas beforehand is a smart idea. It will prevent the seals from drying and moisture from building inside the fuel tank.
Consider the Battery
Unfortunately, car batteries don’t last forever. The battery will drain over time, so it’s important to consider how you might prevent this.
To ensure your battery stays charged and healthy, you or a friend should start your car every two weeks and let it run for a few minutes. If this isn’t a possibility, consider disconnecting the battery cable.
Watch the Tires
Like batteries, tires lose functionality when left unattended. Before you bring your car into storage, ensure all of the tires meet their PSI requirements. Check on the car every few weeks and bring a tire pump just in case.
If the car will be in storage for more than one month, you may want to consider removing the tires and resting the car on jack stands.
Don’t Forget About Insurance
It may seem like a cheaper option to take the insurance off of your car. With some companies, however, this results in a higher rate due to the gap in your coverage. It’s also always a good idea to keep basic insurance on your car while in storage in case of an accident or unexpected break-in.
Whether you’re putting your car in storage temporarily, or shutting it away for the winter, it’s important to ensure your vehicle is properly prepared.
If you’re looking for a place to store your vehicle this winter, Migson Public Storage has you covered. Contact us today for more information!