5 Steps to Storing Your Car in a Storage Unit

1. Determine the Storage Unit Size You Need

When you’re looking for long-term storage for your vehicle, the last thing you want to end up doing is getting a storage unit that isn’t quite large enough to store your vehicle in. To make sure you get the right size unit for your vehicle, be careful to measure your vehicle’s size and compare it to All Storage’s storage unit sizes. Don’t forget to make sure that the storage unit that you rent has additional room for your car’s mirrors!

Compact cars can fit in traditional storage spaces measuring 15 feet deep or more with at least an 8 feet wide garage-style door.
Full-size automobiles generally require a minimum depth of 20 feet (10×20, 20×25 or 20×30) in order to fit into a storage unit

2. Perform Basic Car Storage Maintenance

Before you store your vehicle in a storage unit, it is important that you take care of it beforehand so that you don’t end up having to perform maintenance inside the unit.

  • Make sure to fill your gas tank with premium gasoline to prevent any kind of moisture and condensation. This will prevent any moisture from gathering in the tank or fuel lines of your vehicle.
  • Use a fuel stabilizer. Using a fuel stabilizer can improve the longevity of the fuel in your vehicle’s tank.
  • Remove the vehicle battery. Taking the battery out of your care will prevent any battery acid from leaking and damaging the vehicle.
  • Perform a check-up on the vehicle prior to storage and make sure that all vehicle fluids are topped off.

3. Protect Your Car’s Exterior and Keep Pests Out

Making sure that your car is clean is a key step in making sure that your vehicle doesn’t become a new roach motel or home to pests and critters. Take the time to do the following to your car before putting your vehicle in storage:

  • Wash and wax your vehicle to keep it clean and prepare it for storage. Don’t forget to clean the interior of the vehicle as well! Cleaning the inside of the vehicle will not only protect the vinyl, but also keep any bad odors from attracting pests into the vehicle.
  • Give the vehicle exterior a good wipe down. This will protect the outside of the car from damage and corrosion from dust, debris and road salt.
  • Use a car cover.

4. Keep Your Vehicle’s Tires From Flatspotting

When storing a vehicle for a long time, flatspotting can occur. This is when vehicle tires weigh down on one particular spot on the tire and end up flattening that section of the tire. In order to prevent flatspotting, you can either jack your vehicle up or store it with a trailer. Jacking up the vehicle or storing it with a trailer will also take strain off the vehicle’s suspension, helping to prevent damage to the components.

5. Protect Your Car for Long-Term Storage

Now that your car is safely inside a storage unit, here are some bonus storage tips to help keep your car in tip-top shape.

  • Leave convertible tops up with the windows and vents closed. In long storage, convertible tops left down can get creased and not go back up the same way.
  • For extra long-term storage, make sure to get an enclosed space. Open storage units are great for short to medium length storage, but long-term storage should be done in an enclosed unit.
  • Drive the car a short distance once every couple months, if possible. Driving the vehicle helps keep all the mechanical and hydraulic parts in working order.