Car Storage - Your Car in Self Storage

Posted on 2018-02-16 in Blog

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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.

  1. Put a plastic bag over the air inlet and exhaust pipes to keep out dust and bugs.
  2. If you are worried about flat spots on your tires, put the vehicle on a jack stand –this is pretty fancy though.
  3. Unhook your car battery while it is in storage.
  4. Close all of the windows to the car.
  5. 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).
  6. 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 info@storagesolutionsontario.com or come on in to 9200 Twiss Rd, Milton Ontario.

Your friend in self-storage,

Storage Solutions


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amer hashem (Milton)
a month ago

Very reliable storage. A good solution to park your car and keeping it protected from all weather conditions. Although a bit remote location.. but the price and the service was worth it.


Riley Rogozynski (Woodstock)
a week ago

I went in to find out some information on storage units for when I move in a couple weeks and was happily surprised by the customer service I received. I had looked at a few other storage facilities in Woodstock but their customer service was terrible compared to Jared's from Storage Solutions. He was professional and understanding of my needs and was ready to help anywhere he could. I will definitely be spreading the word to any of my friends looking for units!


Jennifer Sibbitt (Milton)
a week ago

Staff are very friendly and helpful. The facility is well maintained, clean and secure. I highly recommend Storage Solutions!


Janet Kennedy (Woodstock)
2 weeks ago

Great rates for a clean, secure, well lit place. Really good staff and a company that cares. New facility and the competitors are pretty tired looking and charging the same rates (if not a bit more).


Abeer Nauman (Milton)
a day ago

Very friendly staff. Always great service. Would highly recommend.


Lindsay Munro (Milton)
4 months ago

My husband and I recently relocated from the US and needed a place to store all of our belongings while we secured a new home. The folks at Storage Solutions advised us on the right size unit for our needs, at the right price. They were kind and helpful with all of our "first-timer" questions. We were very confident in the security of the place, and had absolutely no issues. I would highly recommend and use them again if needed.


Ashley Kelly (Milton)
a month ago

Been storing office and personal items for years. Have had various size units. Prices are great and staff has always been helpful.