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Storage Tips

Car Storage

Shipping Containers are an Exceptional way to store a vehicle!  Many a vehicle have traveled overseas in these containers to be delivered DRY, CLEAN and SECURE.  

WHAT KIND OF VEHICLE CAN I STORE?

  • Most Sedans, SUVs, Trucks, Vans and Motorcycles
  • ATVs, Kayaks, small to mid-size Boats
  • Classic, Antique, and Racing Cars
  • Work Equipment such as, Forklifts, Bobcats, Mini Excavators
  • Lawn Equipment

KNOW YOUR DIMENSIONS

Our Storage Containers have the following internal dimensions

  • 7 ' 8.5" wide
  • 7' 9" height


While preparing a car for storage, keep the following check list handy and be sure to follow it carefully so that your vehicle will run to its optimal performance level and continue to look like new when it’s time to take it out of storage.

  • Clean Your Car thoroughly both inside and out. Wash the exterior and use a buffer over the entire exterior of the car to buff out all imperfections and apply a good coat of wax. This will protect the exterior from corrosion. Consider having this professionally done.
  • Wipe the mirrors clean. Dirt and residue left on mirrors for long periods of time can cause rust and corrosion.
  • Remove all trash and debris from the interior of the car. Vacuum it thoroughly to remove all pet hair and food crumbs. Use a stain remover to scrub away any and all stains from the carpet and upholstery. Use an air freshener spray to remove all odors from the inside of your car. Remove all items from the trunk of your car and don’t neglect to properly clean the carpet in the trunk area as well.
  • Repairs that may be needed should be done prior to placing your car in storage to prevent further deterioration.
  • Change the oil and filter one to two days before putting it into storage. Used oil contains acids, moisture and other combustion byproducts that will cause engine corrosion over time especially when the car sits for long periods. 
  • Drive your car for several miles after the oil change and before storing it to allow the oil to circulate throughout the entire engine.
  • Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Be sure to drive the car around for about 10 miles after adding the fuel stabilizer to allow it to circulate throughout the system. Neglecting to add a fuel stabilizer can cause the gas to break down, causing it to form gum and varnish when it deteriorates.
  • Convertible Tops should be stored with the top left up. When the convertible top is left open for long periods, it can develop large, ugly looking creases. Treat the convertible top with silicone or other lubricant. Desiccant sacs can be placed inside the interior of the car on the floor. This will keep moisture that may form from humidity from damaging the top. 
  • Tires can go bad when sitting in storage for long periods. They can develop dry rot and flat spots. Avoid using products to give your tires a shine as they will dry out the tires and increase dry rot. Over inflate the tires slightly to 37 or 38 psi to prevent flat spots. Have tires checked for leaks and have them repaired before storage. Tires with an “H” rating or higher will do best in storage.
  • Refer to your owner’s manual when caring for your battery. Some car specialists suggest removing the battery and placing it on a wooden block so the battery won’t be drained. Others suggest leaving the battery in the car but disconnect the negative (-) terminal of the battery. Still other car specialists insist that the battery should be left intact in the car to prevent voltage spikes. Voltage spikes can do major damage to components.
  • A Storage Switch can be found on some cars. When flipping this switch, the battery shuts off, preventing the battery from draining and deters theft.
  • Check hoses for bulges and cracks, and have them replaced if they show extensive damage. 
  • Cover your car with a tarp to keep it safe from dust.
  • Visit your car at least once a month; start the engine and let it run for a few minutes. WARNING: make sure you leave the door to your storage unit open when running the engine for proper ventilation. When possible, take your car for a quick drive to get all parts moving.
  • Revive the car after long storage. Open all windows to air out your car. Check all fluids. Reinstall the battery and make sure it is fully charged. Take your car for a drive.
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