Easy Tips for Storing Your Classic Car

8 March 2016
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If you have a classic car and nowhere to store it at home, there are some other options. A great option is to store it in a self-storage unit. Here are some tips for preparing the car and choosing the right storage unit for the car.

Choose a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

If you are going to store your classic car in a storage facility, make sure it has climate control. This is important because it helps you to control the temperature and humidity of the storage unit. Units without climate control might get too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, both of which can be hard on the car's body, battery, and mechanical system. Controlling the humidity is also important, as extra moisture can increase the risk of rust on the body of the car. It also increases pest problems in a storage unit when it is too humid.

Make Sure the Unit is Clean and Pest-Free

When you have selected a storage facility offering a climate-controlled unit, inspect the unit thoroughly. You want it to be clean, dust-free, and pest-free. You may need to do some cleaning of the unit before you park your classic car there. You don't want a lot of dust in the unit that can affect your car while it I stored. Also look closely for any signs of pests that need to be taken care of, such as spiders and spider webs, ants, cockroaches, or rodent droppings.

Check the Battery, Fluids, and Condition of the Car

Before you store the vehicle in the storage unit, make sure it is in good condition. Start by cleaning it outside and inside, as this helps to avoid buildup in or on the vehicle that could cause serious damage. Also check the different fluids in the vehicle and top them off any fluids as needed. Adding a stabilizer to the fuel tank is highly recommended. Top off the fuel tank as well, as this reduces extra air in the tank, which can cause contamination. Check the battery terminal and replace the car with a new battery if it has been a while since the battery has been replaced.

Return to the Unit Often to Start the Car

Lastly, make sure you return to the storage unit on a regular basis to start the car and leave it running for a few minutes. While not required, driving the classic car for a few minutes is a good idea. This keeps the battery in good condition and makes it to where the car runs well when it is time to retrieve it.