Car Storage Solutions in Mississauga, Milton, Oakville, Guelph, Burlington and Woodstock
During the summer months, do you take your classic car, sports car or motorcycle out for a spin around the beautiful Niagara Escarpment or scenic Oxford County?
Where do you store it the rest of the time? Perhaps your garage, driveway or on the street?
Car storage or motorcycle storage are simple ways to gain space in your garage or driveway and protect your vehicle from the elements and damaging winter salt. Vehicles that sit motionless in the elements for an extended period of time are subject to degradation. Also, depending on where you live, vehicle storage may be necessary if overnight street parking is prohibited.
Whatever your reason, Storage Solutions can help you.
What Should you Look for in a Vehicle Self Storage Facility
We asked our customers, and they tell us that the most important features to storing your car or motorcycle are security and access. At Storage Solutions, we have a well-lit facility, digital video surveillance, gated access, 24/7 access. Visit our About Us us page to learn more about our facility features.
Car Storage Tips
If you’re planning to store your car or motorcycle in self-storage, or already do, here are some helpful tips and tricks.
Vehicle Storage Recommendations:
Wash Your Vehicle – A car or motorcycle shouldn’t be covered in road salt or dirt before you put it into storage, and it should be waxed to prevent rust. There are car cleaning companies that will wash your car by hand.
Look After Your Tires – When a car sits for a while, it can develop flat spots on its tires. Car gurus recommend adding an extra 10 lbs of air to prevent these flat spots.
Watch for Drips – Put plastic under your engine so that each time you visit your vehicle, you can see if you have any leaks or drips.
Look After the Gas – Old gas can become destabilized or absorb water from condensation, damaging your gas tank and carburetor. You can either drain your gas tank or use a fuel stabilizer.
Change the Oil – Old oil has byproducts and acids that can cause damage to your vehicle. Change the oil and oil filter to protect your car or motorcycle.
Battery Care – To avoid your battery from being drained, disconnect the negative side, or remove your battery and attach a trickle charger (a car battery charger designed to be left on a car for a long period to re-charge the battery) instead. You can purchase a trickle charger at most big box stores for approximately $30.
Lock Your Vehicle – Close all of your windows and doors (for a car) and use a sheet or a cover to protect the paint on your vehicle.
Insurance – Speak with your insurance provider to ensure continued coverage based on your specific policy. The Government of Ontario does not require a seasonal vehicle (one that will not be driven for an extended period of time) to have road, liability and accident benefits insurance, but does recommend comprehensive insurance to protect against fire, theft or other types of damages. However, before you take your vehicle onto the road, you must ensure to resume the road insurance again (which can take 2-3 weeks depending on your insurance company and how fast they can report to the Insurance Bureau of Canada), and your license plate sticker must be renewed or current. We are happy to refer you to an insurance provider in the areas we serve.
Visit Your Car – Visit your car or motorcycle at least once a month. It’s important to get the fluids moving in your vehicle or else hoses can break down and belts can start to crack. Consider it a good excuse to go for a drive!