When you’re storing your car, truck, or any other vehicle, your first decision should be location. You need a storage facility that is convenient, affordable, and dependable. You want to store your vehicle in a place that makes you feel comfortable and secure. Here at Lock Storage, we can easily accommodate your vehicle needs. We’re always happy to discuss your options and answer your questions.
Below are some tips to get you started with your storage experience.
Prep for Storage
Wash and wax your car and then allow it to dry thoroughly. Be sure to remove dirt from the underbody of the car, particularly the wheel wells. Dirt holds moisture and may cause iron and steel to rust. Fill the gas tank and then add an adequate amount of gasoline stabilizer to prevent gum and varnish formation. Drive the car 30 to 40 miles to mix the stabilizer with the fuel. Vacuum the interior and trunk of your vehicle to thoroughly remove any small bits of food that could attract insects and rodents.
Vehicle Storage Tips
Use most of these tips whether storing indoors or outdoors.
- Lay plastic sheeting or tarps on a concrete floor to create a vapor barrier (indoors).
- Remove the spark plugs and spray oil into the cylinders to prevent corrosion. Turn the crankshaft about 4 to 6 times to circulate the oil. Reinstall the spark plugs and reconnect the plug wires.
- Disconnect the battery cables and remove the battery. Clean the top and sides and remove any moisture-retaining, conductive film. Place it on a clean, dry surface and connect a float charger to maintain a battery charge for long periods. Inspect the battery box for corrosion.
- Lubricate the hood release latch and hood and door hinges to protect them from moisture.
- Flush the old brake fluid and replace with new fluid. Your car may require silicone fluid to prevent moisture absorption.
- Check the freeze point of the engine coolant with a hydrometer to make sure it’s low enough for the ambient temperatures.
- To protect from rodents, stuff aluminum foil into the tailpipe, engine air intake, and the fresh air intake in front of the windshield.
- If the vehicle is left longer than six months, consider flat-spotting the tires. Jack up each end of the vehicle so that it’s high enough to slip a jack stand under each lower arm.
- Stuff clean rags between the wiper arms and windshield so that the wipers don’t stick to the windshield. Apply a film of rubber lubricant to the squeegees.
Cover Your Vehicle
Cover the vehicle whether you’re storing indoors…
Cover prices range from $20 up to about $300. At the lower end you will get a cover that may not fit well and can trap moisture underneath, damaging the vehicle finish. Fit is critical, especially if you’re storing outdoors. Wind can whip a loose-fitting cover against the paint. When you remove the cover, the finish looks as if it has been sanded.
If you’re storing outdoors in a sunny area, choose a cover that keeps out ultraviolet rays to protect the car’s finish. In a windy area, you can add an extra layer of protection by first covering the body with soft blankets tied down with bungee cords.
In any case, a premium, breathable custom-fit cover that extends down to cover the wheel wells and is secured with straps is your best bet for both outdoor and indoor storage.
What storage unit size do I need for my vehicle?
10 x 10 Unit: Ideal for motorcycles and small cars
10 x 15 Unit: Fits most coupes, hatchbacks, crossovers, and small SUVs
10 x 20 Unit: Comfortable fit for most cars
10 x 30 Unit: Perfect for larger trucks and vans