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Preparing Your Car for Storage Parking your car in storage without any preparation is a bad idea no matter what type of storage you’re renting. Doing so will almost certainly cause issues with the vehicle that will be expensive to repair down the line. Following these steps will help ensure your car comes out of storage in the same condition it was when you left it. 1. Change the oil, filter, brake fluid and coolant. Engine oil contains contaminants that, if not changed frequently enough, can damage the engine. The rest of these chemicals can cause the parts that use them to corrode or oxidize. 2. Fill your gas tank. Gasoline will absorb the moisture in your tank that would otherwise accumulate and cause the tank to rust. It will also prevent the tank’s seals from drying out. If you’re storing your car for several months or longer, use a fuel stabilizer. Fuel stabilizers prevent gas from deteriorating and are effective for about one year. 3. Disconnect the battery. Cars drain their battery even when the engine is off, and you don’t want to have to replace the battery once you retrieve your car from storage. If possible, try to drive the car for 15 minutes every two weeks, which will help maintain the battery and keep your car’s components lubricated. If you’re unable to do so, disconnect the battery. You won’t need to entirely remove the battery from the vehicle, just disconnect the negative battery cable. If you do want to keep the car battery charged in your absence for a long period of time and you’ve rented a storage unit with electrical access, use a trickle charger. This will connect your car battery to an electrical outlet and send a trickle of energy through to the battery–just enough to keep it charged. 4. Take care of your tires. If your car sits on its tires in the same position over a long period of time, your tires will develop flat spots and require replacement. This is particularly an issue if the storage location experiences cold temperatures. Once again, if you’re able to drive the vehicle for about 15 minutes every few weeks, this is less of a worry. The most basic precaution you can take to prevent flat spots from developing is getting your tires rotated and over-inflated. However, over the long term this won’t do for protection. In long-term cases, it’s a good idea to raise your car up on jack stands, removing the wheels if possible. 5. Remove your windshield wipers. The rubber on your windshield wipers can start to stick to your windshield, leaving hard-to-remove residue. One way to prevent this is by placing a plastic cover between the windshield and wipers. But the ideal is to remove the wipers entirely. 6. Prevent dust, dirt, and unwanted guests from getting inside. Dust and dirt can muck up your car’s components, while pests like rodents and insects can wreak havoc inside. The best way to prevent the outside from getting inside your car is to use a car cover. At the very least, you should try to plug any openings, particularly your tailpipe. If you’re particularly concerned with keeping your car in top condition and are renting an interior car storage unit with electrical access, consider a car storage bubble. These devices use a small electric fan to inflate a clear plastic capsule that envelopes the car, offering unparalleled protection for your vehicle, and are commonly used for the storage of exotic and collector cars. 7. Release your parking brake. If you leave your parking brake pads on for too long, they can fuse with the rotors. While it may sound like a good idea to engage your parking brake while storing the vehicle for a long period of time, the threat of fusion outweighs any added safety. Stick chocks under the wheels (if you left the wheels on) instead—these prevent movement better than the parking brake does. Car already prepared? Start your storage search.
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Preparing Your Car for Outdoor Storage Since the elements can put a great amount of wear and tear on your vehicle, particularly if you’ll be leaving it unused out in the open for a long period of time, there are a few extra precautions you’ll need to take to protect your car when storing it outside. The two greatest dangers to storing your car outside are sunlight and precipitation. The former can cause damage to paint and tires, while the latter can cause parts of your car to corrode. The single greatest way to protect your car when storing it outside is to buy a high-quality car cover. Make sure the cover accounts for moisture, preferably by incorporating ventilation or by using a wicking “dri-fit” material, as covers that trap in moisture can actually cause more damage to your vehicle. Though the best of these won’t come cheap, it’s likely that they’ll save you money in the long run by preventing the wear and tear that can lead to steep repair bills down the line. If you decide against using a car cover, there are a few other measures you can take to protect your car from the elements. With outdoor car storage, the sun can damage the car’s paint, causing it to fade over time. One way to protect against the sun is by waxing it, which will act as a protective coating against the sun as well as dirt and dust. Auto parts stores sell paint protection film kits that you can use to protect areas that receive a lot of direct sunlight, like the hood. Protective film is also useful for covering your headlights, whose acrylic material can yellow in the sun. Keep in mind that your car’s paint isn’t just there for aesthetic purposes, but serves an important function as well: protecting the aluminum body of your car from rust. Losing the paint on your car can damage the body which can be much more expensive to fix. Direct sunlight over a long period of time will cause your tires to crack and lose their elasticity, making them dangerous to drive on. The best way to prevent sun damage to your tires is by keeping them covered and out of the sun. If there’s already damage to your paint, you’ll want to touch that up before you store your car outside for a long period of time. Any scratches or pits, particularly any that have reached bare metal, are likely to worsen under pressure from the elements, and your car can begin to develop patches of rust.
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Indoor Car Storage Units For those looking for maximum protection from the elements while storing their car, renting a self-storage unit large enough to contain a car is the best way to go. Storing your car inside a typical storage unit will protect it from the sun, from precipitation, from dirt and dust, and from extreme temperatures. It’s sometimes even possible to rent a climate-controlled storage unit to keep your car in. If your car storage needs are long-term, it’s safest to keep your car inside, as the damages environmental factors may wreak upon your vehicle will accumulate over time. One additional benefit of keeping your car inside a storage unit is the ability to store other items alongside it. Keep in mind when searching for a storage unit to store your car that you’ll require a unit with drive-up access, as you won’t be able to fit your car through any interior hallways. Though indoor car storage is the most attractive option for almost every situation, it can be significantly more expensive than renting an outdoor or covered parking spot at a facility. If your vehicle is small and you can fit it inside a 10×15 storage unit then the price may not be too steep. But if you require something like a 10×30 unit, you could be spending significantly more. Start looking for indoor car storage in Chicago
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Outdoor Car Storage Facilities that offer outdoor car storage are typically referring to a paved parking spot on the facility premises, usually within the facility’s gate.While some facilities have designated parking spots for car storage on the premises, many simply offer unused space around their drive-up storage buildings and on the outskirts of the facility grounds. Since these spots aren’t under a roof or in a building, they’re typically the cheapest way to store a car at a storage facility. However, storing your car outside leaves it vulnerable to damage from the elements, most notably precipitation and the sun, the first of which can cause your car to rust,while the second can damage your car’s paint and tires. Because of these environmental threats, you should always use a high-quality car cover while keeping it outside forlengthy periods of time, and consider using covered or indoor car storage if you plan on keeping the car at the storage facility for a long period of time.
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Car Storage Unit Size Guide Facilities often charge for outdoor and covered car storage spaces based on the size of the vehicle, with larger vehicles predictably costing more to store. When facilities do rent out specific parcels of outdoor or covered storage space, these are rarely according to any kind of standard like you’ll find with storage units. When searching for outdoor or covered spaces you’ll see all manner of dimensions, from 8′ x 20′ lots to 11′ x 15′ lots. If you’re looking for a storage unit to keep your car, there are only a few select sizes large enough to contain a vehicle. Since storage units come in standard sizes, we can help you figure out which size you’ll need for your type of car. Below you’ll find details about each size of car storage unit, as well as a list of popular models that can be stored in each size. For a more complete list of car dimensions and recommended unit sizes by model, see our car storage size guide.

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Published on Apr 26, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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