How to store a motor vehicle

How to store a motor vehicle

Placing a motor vehicle in storage for a long period of time can result in problems unless the correct steps are taken to make sure that the vehicle is protected.

One of the first things that you should do is to make sure that you rent a storage facility for your vehicle that is fully enclosed and dry.  Deterioration and rust can happen to your motor vehicle and its various components thanks to such factors as dust, dirt, moisture, changes in temperature and the weather.  Making sure that your storage facility is fully enclosed and dry will protect your motor vehicle from these elements.

Another good tip is to make certain to always place a car cover on your motor vehicle, as this will ensure that it is protected from dirt and dust; however, you should also make sure that the material used in the cover is breathable.  Most of the problems that can occur when you place a car in storage are electrical, so you should always remove your car battery before doing so.  Regardless of the quality of the battery, any battery will begin to slowly discharge over a long period of time.  It might be a good idea to buy a battery trickle charger or perhaps even one that will stop charging once the battery has been fully charged.

You should clean all of the battery terminal charges and wiring, and think about placing felt washers onto the battery terminal posts in order to stop corrosion.  Spraying electrical connections with a protectant is also a good idea.  Make sure that all of the gas and oil is removed from the car.  However be sure to ensure the cylinders are lubribcated to prevent the rusting of the pistons to the cylinder.

It is also a good idea to give your car a tune up before putting it into storage.  You should make certain that all of your wiring, hoses and plugs are in good condition. 

Detailing your motor vehicle is also very strongly recommended, as interior cleaning and a good wash and wax will do more than just make your car look good – it will also protect the interior, the tires and the paint on your car while it is in storage.