Are you wondering if long-term car storage is a good option for your classic car? When the weather is no longer suitable for traveling in your antique, high end or classic car or if you’re planning to leave town for an extended period, you will want to keep your baby in a controlled environment.
You can protect your car from the cold winter months with long term storage. Long-term storage is also beneficial for people who go on lengthy vacations, own homes in other parts of the country, are in the military, or have multiple vehicles
Most classic car owners store their cars from October to April. While there are ways to store your car at home, The best place to store cars is inside climate controlled, secure locations that will protect them from the elements.
Before storing your vehicle, make sure it’s properly prepped by following the steps below. This will ensure your car comes out running — and looking — as well as it did before you stored it.
- Clean It Up
It may seem counterintuitive to get the car washed when you’re putting it away for months, but it is an easy step and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Water stains or bird droppings left on the car can damage the paint. Make sure to clean the wheels and undersides of the fenders to get rid of mud, grease or tar. For added protection, give the car a coat of wax.
- Change the Oil
It is important to change the oil if you will be storing the vehicle for longer than 30 days. Used engine oil has contaminants that could damage the engine.
- Top Off the Tank
This is another long-term car storage tip. Fill the tank with gas if you expect the car to be in storage for more than 30 days. This will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out. You should also purchase a fuel stabilizer to prevent ethanol buildup and protect the engine from gum, varnish and rust.
- Maintain Insurance
You might be tempted to cancel your auto insurance when your vehicle is in storage. Although that might initially save money, there is a chance that the insurance company will raise your rates due to the gap in coverage, which could cost you more in the long run.