As Americans we have mastered the art of storage. There are self-storage facilities on nearly every corner and whether you are looking for long-term or short-term storage there is a package for you. While most of our belongings only require being wrapped in bubble wrap and packed in cardboard or Rubbermaid box cars are a little bit different. When it comes to storing your car it is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure that it will be in same condition when you come back for it.
Knowing the location of where your car will be stored is an important part of preparation process. Cars that will be stored outside will require more care and car maintenance prior to storage than a car that will be stored in a garage. It is also important to keep in mind how long you will be storing your vehicle.
Before storing your car it’s a good idea to fill your gas tank full with premium gas. This will help prevent moisture from developing in the gas tank and causing rust. If you are going to be storing your vehicle for several months you can purchase an additive that will help prevent the gas from becoming too thick.
Changing the oil and replacing the air filter before you store your vehicle will help prevent corrosion. For vehicles that will be stored for years you can use an oil that is free of additives. While you are under the hood, it’s a good idea to check the coolant levels and spray the spark plugs with oil to prevent them from sticking. You can also purchase a regulator to attach to your battery and help prolong its life.
On the outside of the vehicle giving your car a good washing and waxing can help prevent build up. Especially if your vehicle is going to be stored outside you can remove the windshield wiper blades to prevent them from sticking to the windshield or rotting off.
If you are going to storing your car for an extended period of time it’s important that you properly prepare your tires. Make sure that they are fully inflated according to the tire specifications ; the information can be found on the driver side door panel. To prevent flat spots from developing you can jack your car up so that the tires are just off the ground.
It’s important to keep a list of what steps you take to prepare your vehicle so that when you come back to it you can undo them. Taking the steps to prepare your vehicle ahead of time should help guarantee that whether you are leaving your vehicle for a few weeks, months, or years it will still be in same condition when you come back.