3 Important Tips Before Storing Your Car

17 January 2018
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Are you getting ready to go on a prolonged trip? Are you going to be going overseas and won't be able to take your car with you? For some people, the solution to this problem would simply be to sell the car and buy a new one when you return. But when you have a nicer vehicle or you expect to return after just a couple months, this may be more hassle than you're wanting to deal with. Fortunately, there is another option: putting your vehicle into storage. Depending on the storage location you choose, this can both protect your vehicle from theft and also from damage by the elements. But there are a few things that you need to do before you leave your vehicle at the storage location. These include the following:

Prepare vehicle fluids

If you're going to be leaving your vehicle for more than a month or two, the car storage facility may require that you drain the fluids from your vehicle and have your vehicle towed to the facility. This may include radiator fluid, oil, and gasoline. Not all facilities require this, but the ones that do have this requirement for various safety reasons. If the facility doesn't require you to drain the fluids, make sure to change all of the fluids before dropping off your vehicle, including topping it up with gasoline and adding a gas stabilizer to the tank.

Invest in a cover

Whether you're using covered or uncovered, indoor or outdoor, car storage, it's a good idea to get a cloth cover for your vehicle. A sturdy cover can protect your vehicle's paint from various materials, such as bird droppings, that could damage your paint if not washed off promptly. It also provides additional shade, giving additional protection to your upholstery. Finally, a good cover will protect your vehicle from prying eyes. Even with the best security systems available on behalf of the storage facility, a nice car can make a tempting target for potential thieves. Avoid tempting them by putting a cover on your vehicle.

Replace tires

Tires that are near the end of their life should be replaced before you leave your vehicle at the car storage facility. Older tires can leak significantly more than new tires, resulting in you having one or more flats in a relatively short amount of time. After being flat for a prolonged period, these tires may no longer be able to be re-inflated when you return, resulting in a costly tow to your local tire shop. Tires that are new or almost new should be able to stay sufficiently inflated for many months, especially if you choose a covered storage location.

For more information, contact a car storage facility.