5 Myths About Car Storage
There are several aspects to consider before putting your car into storage but first, you want to make sure you’re getting your facts straight. Below we’ve debunked some of the industry’s most common myths.
1) High Performance Tires Donʼt Flatten
On the contrary, high performance tires tend to be more susceptible to flatness because they are engineered for full traction. That’s right, the very thing that allows you to take corners with full pedal, could be your long-term storage weakness.
Vroom & Board prevents flattening by regularly rotating cars in our facility, to prevent constant single-point pressure. Another method you may try at home is jacking up your vehicle on both ends, however, be careful that this doesn’t apply too much pressure on your frame over long periods. You wouldn’t want to come back to a misshapen frame after six months.
2) All I Need Is A Padlock (Or Club)
When self-storing at a facility or in a garage, shed, or other temporary building, it is important to know what tools are in place to prevent theft or pouching of car parts. In 2013, the value of stolen motor vehicles was more than $4.1 billion.1 Avoid joining this statistic by storing your high-value vehicle under proper security conditions. This usually excludes an open driveway or even, padlocked garage or shed, which are fairly simple to break into with the right equipment.
At Vroom & Board, our garage is continuously monitored with surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and personnel.
3) No Need to Insure Stored Vehicles
Regardless of whether or not your vehicle is being regularly driven or in working condition, insurance is an important element in any storage situation. Even under the best circumstances, this kind of insurance comes in handy during those unforeseen accidents or act of God moments, such as a felled tree, burst plumbing, or earthquake. Supplemental or specialty insurance coverage for classic or exotic cars is a convenient option for those looking into temporary or long-term plans.
Vroom & Board requires that all vehicles are insured upon arrival and maintain insurance throughout their storage period, because your car’s protection is our priority.
4) New Models Require Less Maintenance
To an extent, newer models do have an advantage when it comes to long-term storage because they’ve had less exposure to begin with, like sun damage or tire wear. However, as with any vehicles, standard measures should be taken to with new cars to ensure that their new condition remains intact. This includes rotating the car to prevent tire flattening, filling all tanks to prevent condensation and corrosion, and covering the car to protect from scratches and dust.
At Vroom & Board, you can chose a specific car care packages depending on your needs, but the standard Classic services are included in all packages to cover those basic care needs for all types of vehicles.
5) Self-Storage Is Sufficient
When you think about the six or more months that your car will be sitting in storage, self-storage is not the most reliable option. Typically in this setup, there are no options to prevent tires from flattening, perform regular start ups, and just maybe you’ll have an outlet for a battery tender. Even if these perks were available, you would have to place your trust in professionals outside of the car industry and risk your car being stored improperly.
Vroom & Board service agents are just that – designated professionals with car care experience whose sole responsibility is the maintenance and care of your vehicle.