Choosing a Quality Storage Facility For Your Car

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.

5 Tips to Keep Your Car Looking Great

Having a car is convenient, but it takes a lot of responsibility to be a good owner. As with all material things, a car deteriorates over time. But if you know the proper way of taking care of it, you beloved vehicle will stay pretty and reliable much longer than an average car does. It takes some sacrifice, and a great deal of patience, but then you decide it’s time for a replacement, you will find that all your sacrifice will pay off when you try to resell it. So how do you keep your car looking great? Here are 5 tips.

Avoid scratches as much as possible. Are you the type who mindlessly drives against those bushes along your driveway? Then you should be reading this. Scratches are the biggest enemy to your car’s finish. Avoiding scratches is the best way to keep your car finish looking great. Although your paint is made to last some minor torture, that dirt and grime on the car’s surface needs to be rinsed off first with running water before you ever start washing it. Why because some of that dirt can be abrasive, and when rubbed against the surface, it may cause deep scratches. Anything that comes in contact with your car’s finish should be soft – like fresh clean water, wash mitt and chamois.

Protect your car against the elements. Where do you keep your car parked? To maintain its beauty, try to keep it parked in a garage or covered area. If you do not have a garage, then the use of a car cover is recommended. Exposing your car to direct sunlight all the time will cause significant fading of its paint. Sometimes, due to extreme changes in weather (extreme heat to rain to near-freezing temperatures) can make your car paint fade in severe cases the clear coat can fail and peel – and that’s the end of your beautiful car finish. One more thing you must remember – never park your car under a tree, where tree sap can drip on the surface, or under power lines where birds love to perch on. Tree sap and bird droppings, plus petrified bugs on the windshield can do much damage to the car’s paint and glass. Anything that was once organic will oxidize and leave a lasting mark on your car finish – so take it off asap, and don’t let it marinate on your car.

Always maintain a good coat of wax or paint sealant. Keeping a coat of wax on your car will prevent minor scratches, plus it also protects the car against the elements. Even if bird does their thing on top of your car, the paint is less likely to incur damage, since there is a coat of protection to prevent the preventable. Even too much sunlight will not affect a waxed as much as a non-waxed one. Think of it as some sort of sunscreen for your car. Wax your car every three to six months depending on the was/sealant (too much waxing is not recommended also) Cars that are parked under direct sunlight need to be waxed more often to maintain the shine and sheen of the car.

Keep the interior clean – always. Nothing is more pretentious than a car that is so shiny and clean outside, but extremely dirty inside! It’s like a woman who is so physically pretty but ugly deep inside. A car’s interior is just as important as a car’s exterior where appearance is concerned. Fabric covered car seats and car mats can be cleaned with an interior brush to remove dirt particles, then vacuumed. Vinyl or leather seats may be cleaned with a mild commercial detergent or leather cleanser. Clean the interior windows with a commercial glass cleanser. Keep the dashboard spic and span too by vacuuming the nooks and crannies, as well as wiping it with a mild cleanser. Some people even use leather conditioner for leather-lined dashboards. The dashboard takes the blunt of dirt and dust since it’s one of the most exposed and used parts of the car. Besides, all those crevices do have a tendency to gather plenty of dust and dirt. Keep the seats free from rubbish and food crumbs also, as these greatly diminish the beauty of your car.

Detail your car. By detailing, we mean extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. Besides improving appearance, detailing helps to preserve resale value of a car.When your car is subject to tough conditions, wash your car every 2 weeks – and this is the minimum. Never use dish washing detergent to wash your car with, as these remove the wax coating you spent hours putting on.. Use a PH Neutral car shampoo. Use clean water to rinse your car with, and then dry with a chamois to avoid smears or streaks. And don’t ignore the tires, because the true mark of a serious car owner is attention to all details. Scrub the tires with a brush, then give it a coat of tire shine to make it really stand out. The tire shine also prevents your tiers from going brown. Keep it looking new!

A clean car will be a sight to behold, so keep it looking shiny, bright and pretty. A beautiful-looking car says much about its owner.

The World’s Strangest Parking Mishaps

Parking should be a relatively simple process; the driver gauges the size of the parking space, backs neatly into it, and leaves. If you park in the wrong location at the wrong time, you might be risking a ticket, but most people would never dream of parking on the subway stairs, halfway off a dock, or turning their vehicles sideways so they’ll fit a too-small space. All these things have really happened, however, plus a huge range of other hilarious and dangerous parking mishaps. Here are just a few of the weirdest ways people have been caught parking their cars.

Subway Parking

French pedestrians were probably surprised and appalled in February 2012, when a confused man driving a Dacia Duster SUV thought the sign for a subway entrance was really advertising a parking garage. Before the mistake could be corrected, he drove right down the subway stairs, putting his front wheels seven steps into the metro station entrance. Unable to back out, the driver chose to park. Police and a tow truck were required to remove the vehicle.

Outside the Box

The lines painted on the parking lot asphalt help indicate where it is and isn’t safe to put your car. Some drivers take these lines more as guidelines than as rules, however. Especially in non-Western countries where parking enforcement is lax and spaces are hard to come by, drivers have been known to turn their cars sideways to fit into a space that’s currently occupied by another car.

Between a Dock and a Hard Place

if you’re not paying attention, it can be easily to run off the road. One unfortunate woman found that this is even more of a hazard when you’re driving on the docks. She overshot her intended parking space and ended up with her car parked half on the pavement and half hovering over the water. Only a convenient boat stopped it from falling in entirely.

All Iced Up

This parking spot may have seemed like a good one before the weather changed, but one unfortunate cold-climate driver found his car turned into an icicle after a big melt-and-thaw cycle. Meltwater pouring down from the top of the parking structure flowed right onto his car, freezing solid and keeping the vehicle from going anywhere. Sources don’t say how long it took the driver to chip the car back out, but it had to be an arduous process.

Where There’s a Will

Most drivers stop when they see their way blocked by a tree, a concrete piling, or a big pipe. This isn’t true of everyone, however. More than one traveler has decided that an obstruction is just a challenge in disguise. Even more surprisingly, at least one SUV driver made it over a set of huge steel pipes to park neatly in front of a garage door at a construction site. Most of these situations don’t end up going as well, with cars stranded half-on, half-off of the barrier.

All You Need is a Parking Brake

The parking brake is meant to keep your car safe on a steep hill, but that hasn’t stopped some drivers from using it a bit more creatively. At least one person decided that the best location for a car was at the top of a narrow stairway at the end of an alley, wedged between a shop and a sturdy stone wall. In this instance, the parking brake was just about the only thing keeping the car in place.

Not Quite Blocking the Disability Spots

Everyone knows that blocking a parking spot meant for people with disabilities is a bad move. One driver decided that it’s okay if you’re not actually blocking the parking spot. He pulled his compact hatchback in on the slanted yellow lines between the handicap parking space, keeping disabled drivers from getting out of their cars, but not preventing them from parking.

Indecisively

This one is pretty common, especially at malls and in large parking lots. Drivers who aren’t paying attention or who are very worried about having their cars scratched by other drivers don’t pull quite all the way into the space. The result is enough room to dock a Smart car and an increased risk of being rear-ended by other inattentive parking lot natives.

According to the Law of Superior Tonnage

A bigger truck seems to be directly correlated with a driver who thinks he or she is entitled to ignore the rules. That’s why parking lot and garage attendants so regularly see big cargo trucks parked across three spaces, wedged into spots reserved for compact cars, or trapped between concrete barriers that are just too small for them. For the owner of a big truck, there’s always a way to make it fit.