Vehicle Storage

by Karen Bates
(last updated May 10, 2016)

Do you have a car that you want to keep, but won't be driving for a while? Maybe you have a convertible-type car that you can't drive during the bad winter weather, or you might need to travel for an extended amount of time and won't be able to take your vehicle along with you. Whatever your reason, you might find yourself considering the idea of vehicle storage at one point or another.

Vehicle storage means storing your car, truck, or other type of vehicle away for a long period of time. This could mean several months or even several years depending on your specific situation. Whether you need to put your vehicle away for a very long time or just a few months, you have some different options when it comes to storage.

It is best for your vehicle to be stored in a covered area, such as a garage, as opposed to outside. Leaving your car out in the weather can cause damage and various other issues. Even when left with a car cover, your car can still take a beating when left outdoors unused for a long amount of time. The simplest solution is to store your vehicle in your garage, but not everyone has a garage to use for long-term vehicle storage. In this case, you may need to rent out a storage facility to keep your car safe.

Before you store your car, you will need to take care of a few things to ensure your car will be in great condition when you need to drive it again later. It is a good idea to wash the vehicle prior to storage, both inside and out. Vehicles that will be stored for a long time may need the battery, gasoline, and coolant removed before storage. You may also want to elevate the vehicle on blocks during this time to relieve the tires of the car's weight. Close all doors and the trunk securely to prevent insects and small animals from getting inside and causing damage.

Although it may seem like a hassle to prepare your car for storage, it is an important step to ensure that your car will be in good working order when you need to use it again. Be sure that you also take the proper steps when taking your car out of a storage situation before you start using it again.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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