Long term auto storage is a bit trickier than simply storing your vehicle for a couple of weeks while you go on vacation. Long term car storage consists of months of inactivity, and those are months which need special consideration before you leave. You can call us with any questions you might have at (817) 999-0980.
The most obvious factor, for most, is the cost of the auto storage.
This is a no-brainer, but let’s talk about it for a moment. There are some auto storage companies which have different rates for long-term storage vs short-term storage. It’s important to clearly state your needs when inquiring about the cost of that storage for cars. A related factor has to do with any hidden costs if you should have to extend the storage contract. Get that in writing before you depart, just in case the unforeseeable should happen.
Now let’s talk about preparing your vehicle for long-term auto storage.
Most people don’t realize this, but a good deal of damage can occur with your car during months of inactivity. Avoiding that damage, obviously, should be a major concern and priority. Here are the steps we suggest:
- Clean your vehicle thoroughly before storage begins
- Top off the gas tank
- Top off all fluids and change oil
- Purchase a cover for your car
- Fully inflate tires
- Consider climate controlled car storage
- Consider other amenity packages
Cleaning your car before storage
Dirt and smudges on your car will, over time, eat away at the paint job. It’s a chemical thing and it is real. You should thoroughly wash your car before you leave.
Top off all fluids
A half-filled gas tank will, over time, invite moisture to form in the tank, and water and gas do not mix. Prevent this by filling your gas tank before leaving. The same is true of your oil supply in the engine. Prevent unwanted moisture by keeping all fluid levels topped-off, and it would be advisable to have an oil change before storage begins.
Cover that car and pump up those tires
Even while sitting in storage, your car may be hit by thrown stones or other debris while in storage. You can prevent damage by shelling out twenty bucks for a good car cover. And prevent a situation called “tire flats” from occurring by fully-inflating your tires before leaving.
Climate controlled car storage is crucial in extreme temperatures
This is important, and it has to do with oxidation. In extreme temperatures, oxidation will occur, and oxidation ruins leather, wood, and cloth surfaces. The only way to avoid damage due to oxidation is to store your vehicle in a constant temperature environment. Yes, it costs more, but it is well-worth it.
Arrange for special care
Check out amenity packages at the car storage facility and contact us with questions. Many places, for an added cost, will periodically start up your engine. Many will drive your car a bit to keep the engine running smoothly. And many will provide basic engine maintenance every few months. Again yes, these amenities cost extra, but they are worth it for extended stays.
We are Fort Worth Car Storage, and vehicle storage is our business. Give us a call and we can answer any questions you might have concerning long term auto storage.