Winter vehicle storage is difficult, and can potentially lead to a lot of unwanted repairs and expenses, if you don’t know how to manage it. Unlike the case of summer vehicle storage, or keeping your car safely stored in any other time of the year, the freezing temperatures of winter can present many possible hazards that have to be addressed as thoroughly as possible:
- Make sure the storage location and the container or garage you choose is in a safe, dry and easy to access area. Concrete floors, climate control and a secure lock should be among your first priorities.
- Your car should be clean before you place it in storage. Any contaminants can have a severe impact on the appearance and structural integrity of the bodywork, especially over longer storage periods.
- Add a few extra pounds of pressure to your tires to prevent them from developing flat spots over the months that your car is in storage.
- In the winter, the fuel tank can be affected by moisture leading to rust and a clogged fuel filter. Use low-ethanol, high-octane fuel to fill up your tank before you put your car in storage.
- Finally, for effective vehicle storage, make sure your battery is taken care of. Disconnect it, store it in your home, and connect it to a battery tender while it’s out of commission.
The best approach to winter vehicle storage is to find a reliable storage company that specializes in vehicle storage, and can provide you with an affordable, safe and secure facility for your car.