8 Quick Storage Tips For Your Car
Whether you are relocating for business, deploying for an extended amount of time, or taking a long and much needed vacation, you’ll want to make note of these tips for all of your automotive storage needs.
Before your wagon settles in for the long haul, you or your storage facility service agent should:
1) Take Stock
Assess your storage area’s baseline weather conditions. Before you even pull in, this will help you determine whether or not your hot rod will need a bit more TLC before and during storage. For instance, here in sunny Orange County, California, we typically don’t have to worry about extremely cold weather patterns. Consequently, we can store vehicles perfectly without using a storage heater.
2) Fill’r Up!
Make sure to fill all tanks, most especially the gasoline tank. This will prevent condensation from forming in the empty space and corroding the tank. This will also keep your seals nice and lubricated until you are ready to make your roadster a regular.
Also take a moment to inflate your tires to capacity to prevent flattening. Or, as an alternative, jack up the car to remove pressure on the tires. Do so with caution, as placing unnatural stress on the suspension can cause damage in the long term. To avoid this, we suggest placing the jacks on the outermost points of the suspension until the shocks are in a neutral floating position.
3) One Last Ride
Think of the engine as a human heart. You want strong circulation before it’s put to rest for a while. After filling up, take your car out for a brief spin to flood it with all that clean fluid you put in. Not for too long, but long enough to bring the car to temperature.
4) Squeaky Clean
Do away with dust bunnies and other grime prior to storing to prevent mildew from building or water spots from damaging your paint job. Top off the exterior with a coat of wax, allow a little time for your cleaning products to dry, and you’ll find that your automobile makes it through storage with a smile.
5) Cover Up
Leaving convertible tops down during long term storage can create creases in the vinyl or canvas. Avoid this by keeping your convertible top up and secured when storing. This will also prevent dust, bugs, moisture, and any other unwelcome intrusion from damaging or dirtying the interior. Better yet, store your vehicle with a properly fitted car cover to increase protection from those pesky elements.
While in Storage
6) Swap the Parking Brake for Tire Stoppers
Keeping the brake on too long may cause the brake pads to stick to the rotors. Release the emergency brake and let tire stoppers do the work. If your vehicle is a manual, stick it in neutral before placing tire stoppers.
7) Ready, Set, Rotate!
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about joy rides. We mean the practice of rotating your car in the storage facility so as to reposition tires and warm up the engine. One of the easiest steps in taking action to protect your car from sedentary wear, it really does ensure that all systems remain functioning and mobile.
And finally, preserve your vehicle’s battery life by using a battery tender. Depending on the kind you have, tenders typically assess the level of current necessary to sustain your battery, run at that current until it’s reached its appropriate capacity, and then “float” at a consistent current without overcharging or harming the battery. Vroom & Board allows you the option to bring your own tender so as to optimize your battery’s performance while you are away.
For more information about automotive storage, feel free to contact Vroom & Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Vroom & Board, we’ll take these steps and more to ensure your vehicle leaves us in the same pristine condition it arrived—if not better!