4 Top Tips for Car Storage to Help Your Vehicle Remain in Good Shape
We typically do not need to store vehicles for a long period of time, but if you are planning to relocate to another country temporarily, you might want to store your vehicle in a safe location, so that you can use it when you return. Many people, who live in different countries during different times in the year, tend to use car storage to keep their vehicles safe, so they will have access to transport wherever they are. South Africa is no exception, and people often need to store vehicles for months at a time. Here are some tips for safe car storage:
- Choose Your Storage Well: You want to be sure that your vehicle will still be there when you come back, and that it will be in the same condition as when you left it. This is why it is important to do your homework when it comes to car storage. Ideally, the location of the storage facility should be easy to reach from where you are planning to stay. You need the peace of mind to know that it will not be covered in dust, suffer from a flood or fire, and that rodents cannot do any damage to the vehicle. At Quality Storage in Pretoria, we offer highly effective car storage facilities, which are maintained in order to keep dust to a minimum and keep rodents away. Our units are fire- and flood-resistant. This ensures that you are able to pick up your vehicle in the same condition that you left it – even if you stored it for a long period of time.
- Service Before you Store: In order to ensure that your vehicle remains in tip-top condition, have it serviced before you store it. Ensuring that the vehicle has clean oil, water, and fuel will help the vehicle remain in a better condition.
- Cover It: Even though most car storage facilities do their best to keep the dust out of the storage units, it is wise to polish the vehicle and then cover it with an adequate car cover, to ensure that the bodywork remains in good condition. It also prevents dust from entering the mechanical, moving parts of the vehicle and clogging up ducts and pipes. Invest in a good car cover and you will be good to go when you take it out again!
- Drain the Tank: Petrol can be very volatile, and if stored for a long period of time, it can separate into a variety of molecules and leave residues that block fuel lines. Leave as little petrol or diesel in the tank as possible before you use car storage. If possible, get a mechanic to drain all the petrol or diesel from the tank before it is stored, and have the vehicle towed or delivered to the car storage unit. You can even get a mechanic to drain the tank at the car storage unit. This will ensure that the petrol tank does not develop blockages during or after storage.
If you want to know more about long-term car storage, call our experts at Quality Storage. We store a wide range of items, including vehicles, and we can provide you with some great tips on how to make the best of your storage options.