Storing your collector car is as much an investment as the car itself. You’ve likely babied this car and put a lot of time, sweat and money into it. When it’s time for car storage, you want to protect your investment and keep it in the best shape possible.
You may think it is as simple as driving it into storage and leaving it, but not storing your classic car properly can-do major damage to the car and motor. Following these basic guidelines can help prevent any unintentional damage and preserve your baby for many years to come.
Always Fill the Gas Tank & Change the Oil
Fill your tank with fresh premium fuel and add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer. You will also want to change the oil and filter to provide protection from corrosion while your car is in storage. After filling the gas tank, adding stabilizer and changing the oil, you’ll want to drive around for about 15 minutes. This will help the fresh oil circulate throughout the engine and get the fuel stabilizer mixed into the gas and spread throughout the system.
Prepping & Detailing your Car
It may seem unnecessary to wash and wax your car before storage because who will see it while in storage? However, it is a definite to-do to be sure any dust or debris is off the car to protect from scratching or damaging the exterior paint. You will also want to thoroughly clean the inside of your car before storing to keep unwanted pests and odors out. Additionally, to keep pests from camping out in your exhaust pipe, add steel wool or aluminum foil to block it off. Lastly, be sure to lubricate the door and hood hinges to prevent corrosion.
Raise the Car on Jack Stands & Fill Tires with Air
Fill your tires to that maximum recommended PSI. Then consider using car jack stands versus propping your car/tires up on wood. This will relieve the weight from the tires and suspension. It will also prolong the life of your tires by keeping them off the ground.
Remove or Protect the Battery & Fluids
If you plan on storing your car for a long period of time, it would be best to remove the battery entirely. Always store it above freezing temperature. If you will be driving your car every now and then, adding a battery maintainer will always allow you to keep a charge on your battery.
Choose a Storage Location
Depending on the size of your car, indoor storage could be an option. However, often, indoors is not an option and you will need to invest in a breathable water-resistant form-fitting cover. You will also want to be sure to cover the tires to protect them from sun damage. When searching for a storage facility, ask for a tour of their car storage lot and look for the security measures they use to keep their site secure.
Pearman Dairy Self Storage of Anderson, South Carolina would be happy to help you store your car anytime you need! Please contact us today with any questions about our facility and car storage lot.