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Putting your car into self storage

Some people seem to consider car storage to be the domain of millionaires who stash whole fleets of cars in mansion-esque garages. But there are many reasons for putting your car into storage, such as lengthy travel or the purchase of a new car. The truth is that even if you only have one vehicle, much can go wrong if you don’t store your car correctly. Lack of use can cause damage to both the interior and exterior, and the value of your vehicle can reduce dramatically if proper storage techniques are not used.

Unsure of your next steps? Take a look at our guide to putting your car into self storage.

Location, location, location

Indoor storage is best in order to stay shielded from the elements. Choose dry, well-ventilated places to prevent rust. It is recommended that you store your car in a secure facility, to ensure your vehicle is kept in the best possible condition whilst in storage, particularly if you’re away for a long period of time or have a high value vehicle. If you are forced to store outdoors, then a car cover will help to preserve the paint from the weather, though there may be a risk of plastic car covers trapping moisture and dirt, so be sure to research the best materials first.

Clean inside and out

Make sure that your car is cleaned, washed and vacuumed before storing it. This prevents staining and deterioration from grease or dirt. Remember that interiors are also important, so be sure to maintain your fuel systems and gas tanks.

Some minor adjustments

Remove the wiper blades from the windows to prevent them deforming or sticking. Put rags into the exhaust pipe and air intake to stop creatures from entering. Lubricate locks and seals to prevent sticking.

Check the rules

Check your insurance regulations concerning storage. Don’t get caught out!

1. Short-term storage (2 months or less)

2. Don’t use the parking brake, as it can cause fusion to the rotors. Use a wheel chock instead.

3. Buy a smart charger for your battery to avoid overcharging.

4. Partially open windows for ventilation.

5. Pump up tyres, as they will lose pressure whilst in storage.

6. It should not be harmful to leave fuel in the tank for a few months. Any longer, then see our long-term tips below.

Long-term storage (2 months or more)

Replace old oil and coolants with fresh ones to avoid engine contamination. Disconnect and remove the battery from the car, but make sure you know the radio code first. Lift vehicle onto a stand, otherwise your tyres may be flat when you return. Fill the petrol tank with a premium brand that does not contain ethanol; this will prevent rust.

Take a look at our previous blog to view some examples of extreme car storage.

Here at Simply Storage we understand the importance of protecting your belongings during its time in storage. We offer reliable, secure and affordable student storage, plus personal and business storage options, serving the whole of the London and Surrey areas. Contact our experienced team today to discuss your individual storage requirements.

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