There are a variety of reasons for storing your car long term. You may be relocating overseas. You could be waiting until your son or daughter finally passes their driving test. Maybe you only drive it at certain times of year. There are so many possibilities.
If you don’t prepare your car for storage ahead of time, however, it could fall victim to problems like:
- Cracked dashboard and seats
- Body panel rusting
- Engine corrosion
- Faded paint
These seven helpful tips for storing your car long-term can help you keep it road ready for when you need it.
Tip #1:Change the Fluids
Your car’s fluids are its lifeblood. You should change the following fluids before storing it so the integrity of your engine is preserved:
- Brake and clutch
- Windshield washer fluid
Make sure the gasoline tank is filled. Many experts recommend adding a stabilizer compound to the fuel tank before storage, but check your owner’s manual and consult with your mechanic first.
Tip: #2: Give It a Bath
Wash and wax the exterior of your car before storing it long-term to prevent corrosion, rust, and fading paint. Remember to include the undercarriage. Dry everything thoroughly before waxing. Wax all painted areas, including door jambs, and even the underside of the hood.
Tip: #3: Remove the Battery
Always remove the battery from your car before storing it long term. If possible, store the battery away from your car in a climate-controlled area. Just be warned that your battery may not retain its charge after sitting for weeks or months. You can always recycle your old battery and install a new one when you remove your car from storage.
Tip #4: Remove the Tires
Tires often warp after sitting in one position for several months. Prevent this from happening by removing your tires and elevating your car on a jack stand. That alleviates pressure on the suspension system.
Tip: #5: Don’t Forget to Make It Pest-Proof
Unfortunately, a car that’s stored for a long period may become a squatting ground for all types of pests. You can make sure that rodents and insects don’t camp out in your exhaust system by stuffing rags or aluminum foil in the end of your tailpipe. Be sure to remove the barrier before you hit the road, though!
Tip #6: Cover It Up
Vehicles in long-term outdoor storage will be exposed to wind, rain and the hot sun. Protect your car with a breathable cover that prevents condensation from building up underneath.
Tip #7: Choose the Right Storage Facility
You need a clean, safe, secure and reliable place to store your car. Choosing the right storage facility is paramount. Look for one that specifically offers vehicle storage, and features:
- On-site management
- Security lighting
- Perimeter fencing
- Controlled and monitored access
- 24-hour video surveillance
The right vehicle storage facility will protect your car at all times. Give yourself peace of mind by following these long-term storage tips so that, your car will be in the same tip-top shape you left it in!
Sentry Storage Solutions offers vehicle storage in the Greater San Diego area and the city of Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.