Whether you need to store your car briefly or for a long time, putting it in a safe, secure storage unit will protect it from theft and bad weather. Here are 6 car storage tips to protect your car while you’re not using it.
Car Storage Unit Size Guideline
If you’re planning to rent a storage unit for your car, select a facility that can accommodate your vehicle. Compact cars only require a depth of 15 feet, while full-size cars need a storage unit with a depth of at least 20 feet.
At Chambers Connector Storage, our shipping container storage units are all at least 20 feet deep.
Choose a Convenient, Secure Storage Unit Facility
Choose a storage unit facility that offers convenient, drive-up access to your unit. Likewise, make sure the facility has robust security measures. This includes security cameras, fencing, computerized-gate entry, and onsite personnel.
At our facility, we have 24-hour surveillance and security personnel to guarantee the safety of your vehicle.
Select a Watertight Unit for Car Storage
A watertight unit is the best option to safely store your car. This will protect your car from rain, sleet, and snow, which can cause rust. Our sea cargo containers are built to withstand the elements and to keep your vehicle dry during every season.
Prepare Your Car for Storage
Before you put your car into storage, make sure to change the oil, or top it off. In addition, ensure your car has plenty of brake fluid and antifreeze. It is also smart to fill your car with gasoline before you store it. This prevents moisture from forming in the tank or fuel lines. Also make sure to remove the battery from your car. This is especially important if you plan to store your vehicle for extended periods because battery acid leaks can damage your car. Thus, it’s wise to remove your car’s battery ahead of time.
Wash Your Car Before You Put It in Storage
To protect the exterior of your car, wash it before you store it. This will preserve your car’s finish. To protect your car’s interior, wipe down all vinyl surfaces. You can use a conditioner to prevent the vinyl from drying out. It’s also wise to vacuum your car to ensure it will be clean when you retrieve it.
Consider Jacking or Blocking Your Car
Cars that are stored for longer than a month are more likely to develop flat tires, known as “flat-spotting.” Jacking your car or putting your car on blocks will ensure you don’t have flat tires when you retrieve your car.
At Chambers Connector Storage in Eugene, our sea-cargo container storage units are perfect for car storage. They’re an affordable and reliable option for short-term or long-term storage. In addition, our waterproof and weatherproof units are accessible 7 days a week and monitored.
Contact us today to learn more, or stop by our facility Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00pm for a tour.