How to Prepare a Car For Storage

When we think of renting a storage unit, most likely we are more concerned with smaller objects like clothing and boxes of books, Christmas decorations, and other items we do not use on a regular basis. We may also be more inclined to obtain storage for furniture as we transition to a new home. Some…

When we think of renting a storage unit, most likely we are more concerned with smaller objects like clothing and boxes of books, Christmas decorations, and other items we do not use on a regular basis. We may also be more inclined to obtain storage for furniture as we transition to a new home. Some may not realize that one can also stow away a vehicle for an indeterminate amount of time. Depending on the storage facility you use, you can keep your car or motorcycle safe while you are not using it.

This is especially handy for those in the military who are stationed overseas, or for people taking temporary work where a car is not needed. If you need to put your car storage while you are away, it's important to make sure the car is prepared before you leave it with the facility. Here are a few things to remember as you get your car ready.

1) Make sure all valuables are removed. Do not risk leaving something like all your CDs or a removable MP3 player in your car. Even though you're stowing the car, you never know what will happen while you're away. Clean out the car as much as possible before leaving.

2) Wash the car inside and out. Give your auto one last, good wash and wax, and use cleaners to treat the seats, floors, and dash. Make sure the interior is dry before closing the windows – you may wish to keep a box of baking soda in the front for freshness. Make sure the windows and sunroof (where applicable) are closed.

3) Change the oil and fill the tank. Your first inclination may be to deliver the car with as little gas as possible, since you will not be using it. Actually, when an empty tank sits for a long time, moisture can accumulate and eventually cause problems. It's a good idea to properly lube and fuel your car – it keeps it in good working order and it's ready to drive away when you come home.

4) Use a car cover. For added exterior protection, a cover that fits the car well can help reserve the shine.

Lastly, choose a storage rental facility that offers high security and, where applicable, indoor storage for cars. If you live in an area prior to bad winter weather, you'll want to keep your car safe from the elements so it's in good driving condition when you come home.