In today’s world there are many reasons that necessitate car storage. Snowbirds often park their cars and drive their motor-homes to warmer climates in winter. Many a soldier has had to leave behind his or her pride & joy while stationed overseas. Baby-boomers collect their 1950′s dream cars, but only drive them on special occasions.
There is a plethora of online articles containing vehicle storage tips. The tasks you choose to perform will depend on the length of time you’ll be storing your vehicle. For example, during shorter storage times you may choose to simply inflate your tires to their proper pressure. When a car is stored for a lengthy time, many online writers suggest putting the vehicle on blocks. The decision to connect your battery to a battery maintainer while in, or removed from, the car will be another decision you’ll need to make based on the length of storage.
Storing a car, whether it’s classic, or everyday transportation, requires careful research and maintenance. If you care about your car, parking it and walking away isn’t an option. Serious mechanical problems are only the beginning of what you may face on your return. Theft, dust, grit, bugs, rats, mice, fluctuating temperatures and dampness are often the more serious side effects of vehicle storage. Although one might believe these could only affect the car over an extended period of time, those ever-present vermin (mice and rats) can build nests and chew into spark plug cables in less than a week. (my relative’s personal experience here, folks)
Fortunately, one doesn’t have to leave a vehicle to chance in dirty, damp, rat-infested, unsecured storage. Today, within many quality yet affordable storage facilities, you’ll find garage units that provide dry, clean, and secure safe-keeping for your car.
When interviewing storage personnel you should expect clear answers to your questions. Following are a few suggestions:
- What type of security is provided? Are the units individually alarmed? Is there video surveillance? Is the property well lit?
- How is interior access handled? Are the units constructed so that entry cannot be made through the ceilings via other units?
- Are the units clean and dry?
- For your convenience, are there electrical outlets in each unit?
- Is there constant temperature maintenance?
- Do access hours coincide with your needs?
- Are there rules disallowing storage of hazardous materials?
A car is an important investment. For the young driver, their car may be the most expensive purchase they’ve made. A collector might find damaged vehicle parts are irreplaceable. To a traveler, the convenience and peace of mind that secure, clean storage provides will enhance their time away from home. After an extended absence, every vehicle owner wants to return to find their “ride” looking as it did when they departed. Only a secure and clean environment provided by a professional storage facility can offer this service.