Many people store their car in self-storage over the winter (and even the summer). We always encourage our customers to store their car on a dry day, after a carwash. Why? Well, there’s a lot of salt on the roads this time of year and salt and water make rust. But, there are a lot of other, no-so-obvious car storage tips that we thought our readers would be interested in.
What to do before your car is in storage…
We’ve written about what you should do before you put your car into storage, but it’s worth a bit of a rehash.
Pick a dry, dark location for storage (the storage units at Storage Solutions work like a charm!). If you’re worried about moisture, place a plastic sheet under the car and carpet pieces under the tires. Make sure the car has been thoroughly washed – not just for rush prevention – a dirty car can get scratched. Do an oil and filter change before storing and check the antifreeze. Make sure the tire are inflated! And lastly, please make sure to contact your insurance company before you store. Cars are expensive assets and your insurance agent is in the best position to make sure you are totally covered.
What to do while your car is in storage…
When your car is in storage, there are a few little tricks you can employ. We’ve learnt most of these from the classic car set, who are very smart.
- Put a plastic bag over the air inlet and exhaust pipes to keep out dust and bugs.
- If you are worried about flat spots on your tires, put the vehicle on a jack stand –this is pretty fancy though.
- Unhook your car battery while it is in storage.
- Close all of the windows to the car.
- To keep your car from getting a stale smell, you can put baking soda in select spots (the kind you buy for your fridge with the cardboard cutouts).
- Talk to a mechanic about whether it makes sense to come by and turn on the car every now and then. Some people have told us that unless you get the engine warm and burn off the water vapours, then you are doing more damage, but it’s best to ask the professionals.
Vrrrooooommmmmmm, time to take your car out of storage…
You’re storing your car so that you can enjoy it once again, but before you do so, you will want to at least charge the battery. Make sure you remove the baking soda boxes if you put them in (don’t want them to spill while you drive), and check the floor for leaks, the tires for pressure and all fluid levels for safety. If you did the plastic bag over the air inlet and exhaust pipe, ensure that is also removed. Also, always check that your brakes work! Take the car out very slowly and give them a few pumps to make sure.
We hope these tips and tricks are helpful. Keep Storage Solutions in mind for all of your self storage needs. We have a convenient location in Campbellville, Milton, Ontario, offer drive up units, 24/7 access, security and a fully fenced and lit facility.
Still have questions? We’re happy to find answers for you and we want you as a customer. Call us at 905-854-1008, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come on in to 9200 Twiss Rd, Milton Ontario.
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