Cars are meant to be driven. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances where a car has to go into storage. Your Miata might not like winter weather. Maybe work has shipped you overseas on a long-term assignment, and there’s nobody to use your car while you’re away.
Before you leave your vehicle sitting, make sure you prepare it properly. Here are some tips to store your vehicle long-term.
Climate-Controlled vs. Standard
Climate-controlled storage is unquestionably the best choice for a car, and it’s more than just a matter of temperature. Moisture is metal’s worst enemy, and long-term storage in humid air can do undesirable things to your undercarriage and engine. Regardless of what you choose, it’s still better than leaving it outside!
Fix Your Fluids
Unless you want to drain your tank later – a costly and difficult endeavor – put some fuel stabilizer in it. This keeps the gas from gumming up and causing damage. You should also top off the tank to keep moisture from accumulating.
An oil change is also essential, even if the car isn’t being driven. Engine oil naturally picks up contaminants as it circulates through your engine, which are stopped by a filter. If the car isn’t running, the filter doesn’t work, meaning that those contaminants stay there and cause problems. Clean oil is good oil.
Clean, Clean, Clean
It may seem odd to wash a vehicle that you don’t plan on driving, but dirt is more than cosmetic. Mud rusts your suspension and undercarriage, squashed bugs leave stains, and bird droppings damage your paint. Make sure you wash every nook and cranny – even the ones you can’t see – before your car goes into storage.
Mind the Battery
Want your car to start when you get back? Want to avoid dropping money on a new battery? Disconnect the negative terminal; you’ll lose your radio presets, but save that money. If your unit has power access, you can also buy a trickle charger to keep the battery ready.
Prevent Flat Spots
When your car sits for a long time, weight falls on the same patch of your tires. Over many months, that can flatten them out, and nobody likes paying for new tires! If you can, jack the car up on all four corners and support it on jack stands.
Looking to store your car, motorcycle, or watercraft? Hillsborough Self-Storage has both climate-controlled and standard storage units for your needs. We serve all cities in and around the Triangle and the Triad. Contact us today and let’s keep your vehicle safe!