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Guide to Storing Your Car in a Storage Unit

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Selecting the Right Storage Unit

If you are moving away for a while or simply running out of space at home, finding a safe place for car storage can significantly ease your worries. At Lakeside Self Storage, we are equipped to handle all sorts of vehicle storage needs, including car, boat storage, and even RV storage. Our standard 10×20 size storage units are perfect for most cars, providing enough space not only for parking but also for any necessary maintenance. If you have a larger vehicle or need to store additional items along with your car, consider opting for a larger unit. Additionally, if you are planning to store your vehicle for an extended period, particularly through changing seasons, choosing a climate-controlled storage unit might be essential.

Preparation for Car Storage

Preparing your car for storage properly depends significantly on the duration it will be stored. Below, we have outlined essential steps to take for both short-term and long-term storage. These measures will help ensure that your vehicle remains in excellent condition, ready for use when you need it again.

Short-Term Storage Preparation:

For storing your car for a few weeks to a couple of months, you should:

  1. Wash the exterior and vacuum the interior to remove any particles that might attract pests.
  2. Top off the fuel tank to prevent moisture from getting into the tank.
  3. Maintain tire pressure at manufacturer-recommended levels to avoid flat spots.
  4. Check and top up essential fluids like coolant and brake fluid.
  5. Disconnect the battery if stored for more than a month to prevent power drain.

Long-Term Storage Preparation:

If you plan to store your car for an extended period of time, such as several months to a year, more thorough steps are necessary, such as:

  1. Perform a thorough cleaning on both the exterior and interior, and apply a protective wax to the exterior.
  2. Change the oil and replace the oil filter to ensure no contaminants harm the engine.
  3. Use a fuel stabilizer after filling the gas tank to prevent fuel degradation and protect the engine.
  4. Inflate tires slightly above normal pressure or use tire stoppers to prevent flat spots.
  5. Disconnect the battery if you are storing the car for a long time to prevent it from draining, or better yet, use a trickle charger to maintain battery health without overcharging.
  6. Seal any openings, like the exhaust or air intake, to prevent pests from nesting.
  7. Cover the car with a breathable cover to protect against dust and moisture.
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Protecting Your Car Inside the Unit

Once your car is safely parked inside the storage unit, there are a few more steps you can take to ensure its protection during the storage period. Here’s how you can keep your car in pristine condition while it’s stored:

  1. Use of Car Covers: Protect your car from dust, debris, and minor dings by covering it with a high-quality car cover. Pick a breathable material to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to mold and mildew.
  2. Pest Prevention Measures: Keep pests away by using natural deterrents like peppermint oil or commercially available products designed for vehicle protection. Place these around the vehicle and inside areas like the trunk or under the hood to discourage rodents and insects from nesting.
  3. Tire Care: To prevent flat spots on your tires from long-term parking, inflate your tires to the maximum recommended pressure. For extended storage periods, consider using tire cradles or moving the vehicle slightly every few months to protect the rear axle and other undercarriage parts.
  4. Maintain Fluid Levels: Regularly check and maintain fluid levels, even in storage. This includes brake fluid, antifreeze, and especially the oil. Clean fluids will help ensure that internal components are protected from corrosion and other damage during the storage period.

Cost and Value of Vehicle Storage

Storing your car at a professional facility like Lakeside Storage is an investment that provides lots of benefits. The cost of vehicle storage can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the storage unit, whether it is climate-controlled, and the facility’s location. However, the value it adds in terms of vehicle safety and maintenance can greatly outweigh the expenses.

  1. The size and type of storage unit directly influence the cost. Larger or climate-controlled units typically command higher fees but offer better protection for your vehicle.
  2. Choosing a storage facility like Lakeside Storage ensures your vehicle is protected from environmental elements, which can prevent costly repairs due to weather damage or vandalism.
  3. Storing vehicles can help preserve their value by preventing unnecessary depreciation from outdoor exposure.
  4. Access to additional security measures at storage facilities, such as surveillance cameras, gated access, and regular patrols, can provide peace of mind that your vehicle is safe.
  5. For those who live in areas with limited parking, using a storage unit can solve parking challenges while ensuring the vehicle is readily accessible when needed.

Security and Accessibility

When selecting a car storage facility, it is crucial to prioritize security and accessibility. At Lakeside Storage, we make sure that your vehicle is protected with 24-hour surveillance, secure gated access, and individual alarms on each unit. This advanced security setup provides peace of mind by deterring theft and vandalism. Additionally, the facility’s access hours should accommodate your schedule, allowing you to retrieve or check on your vehicle conveniently.

Lakeside Storage in Leesburg, FL, is unparalleled in providing secure and easy access for all our clients. Our facility features advanced security systems, including high-definition cameras and coded gate access. Clients have round-the-clock access to their vehicles, each with a unique code for enhanced security. These measures guarantee that your vehicle is safe and easily accessible whenever you need it.

FAQs on Car Storage

How long can a car be in storage?

A car can be stored for as long as you need, provided that it is prepared correctly and maintained properly during the storage period. Regular checks and basic maintenance are crucial, especially if the storage duration extends beyond several months.

Why do people put their cars in storage?

People store their cars for various reasons including protection from harsh weather, saving space at home, or preserving the value of a rarely used or classic vehicle. It is also common to use storage during extended travel periods.

Should I put my car on blocks for storage?

Putting your car on blocks can help prevent tire flat spots during long-term storage, especially if you are not planning to move the vehicle for several months. This method is particularly advisable for older cars and classic models.

Should you cover a car in storage?

Yes, covering your car is recommended, even indoors. A quality car cover protects against dust, moisture, and accidental scratches. Ensure the cover is breathable to prevent moisture buildup that could lead to mold.

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