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How to store a car in a storage unit


You want to store a car in a storage unit and you think that is a very simple task. You just need to drive your car into a storage unit and park it. And that is it, your car is safe and sound. Yes, it sounds easy but there are some things that you need to do before you store your car away. You need to take some factors into your decision to store a car. For example, you need to think for how long do you plan to store your car. Is it for just a short period of time, or you are moving abroad and you will not be here for a long period of time? We are here to help you through that process and we will do our best to advise you properly.

Types of the storage unit

There are 3 types of storage that most of the companies offer:

  • Outdoor car storage  – this is basically protected parking space on the ground of the storage facilities
  • Covered car storage – in this case, your car is safer when you store it
  • Indoor car storage unit –  here you can store a car in a storage unit that is big enough for a vehicle. It has all of the options of a standard storage unit, it is just much much bigger.

What to do before you store a car in a storage unit?

Well, you need to go through some preparations before you decide to store your car. Of course, the basic step is to clean the interior and exterior of your car. You need to do this in both cases- long-term storage and short-term storage. If you leave your car dirty in storage for a long period of time it can take damage. If you are in a hurry because you are emoving suddenly, you still should make time to clean your car. But before all of this, you need to find quality storage NYC

cleaning car with a sponge before store a car in a storage unit
Clean your car before you decide to store it

Change the oil, filter, brake fluid

the best thing would be to advise your mechanic about the details when you are changing these things. Every car is different and it needs a different type of oil. The important thing is to do it, because if you leave an old oil inside of your engine – it can make a lot of damage. When you store a car in a storage unit for a long period of time some chemicals might cause your engine to corrode or oxidize. To avoid it, the good thing is to consult with your mechanic or at least Google.

Fill your gas tank

Once you decide that is time to store a car in a storage unit then you should add the cost of filling up your gas tank. This is something that you need to do, in order to prevent moisture build up in your tank. If you plan to store your car for more than a month, you need to add a fuel stabilizer as well. They can prevent the gas from deteriorating and they can last for approximately one year. This is one of the best ways to take care of your car and make sure it is safe.

Man filling a gas tank on a car
Fill your gas tank to the top to protect your car!

Disconnect the battery

You probably know this, but cars can drain their battery even when the engine is off. In order to avoid the expense of changing the batter as soon as you get it out from storage, you should disconnect the negative cable. If you are able to completely remove your battery then you should take it out and take it with you and put it on a float charger also known as a trickle charger. If you are moving for a long period of time maybe to a foreign country, you can look for a reliable Brooklyn storage that has electrical access.

A trickle charger is a device that sends a trickle of energy through to the battery. That is enough to keep your battery alive for a long period of time.  Also, if you are going to be near your stored car it would be great if you can spend at least 15 minutes every two weeks and take it out for a ride.

Pay attention to tires

You need to pay extra attention to your tires once you have stored your car in a storage unit. When you place your car in a storage unit it is going to be in the same spot. It is natural that your tires will get flat spots and once you decide to take your car out – you will have to change tires. Advise that we can give you is to get your tires over-inflated and rotated. It can help you with a short-time protection. But in the long run, you should think about raising your car up on jack stand. That way you will protect your tires. The best thing you can do for your stored car is to drive it around every 15 days.

Windshield wipers

Yes, if you want your car to be pristine once you get it out from a storage unit you need to remove windshield wipers. The rubber on wipers can get stuck to your windshield. It will leave very hard to remove residue that can cause you a lot of issues.

couple in a car driving through rain
Take care of your windshield before you store your car!

Taking your car out

When you decide to take your car out from a storage unit, you need to check it thoroughly. First of all, check if there is any pest, bugs and similar. Also, check all the fluids level. It doesn’t matter if you dropped by every 15 days – make a general check. Check your tires, see in what condition they are, check their pressure. Also, you need to pay attention to your battery. Check if it’s working properly, you can try to drive your car around storage facility.

We advise you to run your around storage facility so you can check the brakes. Test them out, so you can be sure that everything is running smoothly. In the first couple of days, pay attention to any weird noise or any weird behavior of your car. Bear in mind that it was stored and that you should be cautious first few days and take things easier.

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