There are many reasons that you may want to store your car. Perhaps you have too many vehicles in your driveway and you need to free up space. Maybe you have a collector’s car and you do not want it exposed to the elements day after day. Whatever the reason is that you want to store your car, there are a few things that you should know before you do so.
It is important to note that there are different levels of car storage and each level will of course come with a different price tag. Here are some things to know about storing your car:
o Outside storage: If you have an extra car in your driveway that you do not drive all that often and you want to make space in your driveway, then an outside car storage spot is for you. An outside car storage spot is exactly what it sounds like. It is usually nothing more than parking space sized and many times there is even a parking space block to show you exactly where you will park your car. The pros here are a very affordable cost. The cons are of course that the car is exposed to the everyday elements such as wind, rain, sun, etc. If this is the route you decide to take, you should consider buying a car cover as this will help to better protect your vehicle.
o Inside storage, non-climate controlled: An inside car storage unit that is non-climate controlled is usually a space that the car is driven into and then there is usually a garage style door that closes giving the car garage style storage. Your unit can then be locked and your car will not only be protected from the wind, rain, and sun, but also from break-ins. The only drawback to this type of storage is that it can get quite hot inside a unit that is not climate controlled. Because this type of car storage totally covers the car, it will cost more money that the outside storage unit.
o Inside storage unit, climate controlled: Just like its non-climate controlled counterpart the car is totally covered in this type of car storage unit. The difference is that the unit is air-conditioned so that the temperature usually stays at a nice cool level. This type of car storage is usually use by those that have a collector’s car and do not want anything to happen to the vehicle including heat damage. This is obviously the most expensive type of car storage there is.
As a side not, you should always be sure to perform regular maintenance to your stored car even if you do not use it often. For example, regular oil changes at the interval of three to five months no matter how many miles are put on the car will help it run its best no matter how often it is run.
Storing your car can be a great alternative to clogging up your driveway or garage, but you should know what level of storage you require before you begin to look around. Always make sure to call several storage unit facilities and try to obtain the best possible price for your car storage needs.