Best Tips for Putting Your Car in Storage

Going away for an indefinite time but can’t bear the thought of having to sell your car? The good news is, you may not need to. There are other options, including putting your car in storage until you return. Storing your vehicle means you won’t need to go through the process of having to source, negotiate and buy another car – or be without a vehicle – upon your arrival home.

If you are unable to store your car in a personal garage, and your family members or friendly neighbours don’t have the space to store it for you, there is another option: leaving your vehicle in a reputable car storage unit. While it does come at a price, the benefits can outweigh the costs involved.

The benefits of specialised car storage

For one, you are guaranteed maximum security. Whether you’re going on vacation, moving temporarily for work or have a classic car that you only want to drive intermittently, you have peace of mind in knowing that your car is housed in a highly secured facility. With first-rate security systems and around-the-clock monitoring, you are assured that only trusted employees will have access to your vehicle.

Another benefit of storing your car is the care it will receive. From wrap services for paint protection to routine hand washing (which may or may not include a wax service), you can avoid dust, rust and other build up which forms when a vehicle is stored in a holding garage.

On the other hand, letting your vehicle sit on the street for an extended period is a risk when you’re leaving it at the mercy of the harsh Australian elements and wildlife: you could return to a dead battery, ruined tyres or vandalism.

Below, we’ve provided tips on how you can get the most out of placing your car in storage.  

Preparing your car for long-term storage

Prolong the life and vitality of your car with these tips before taking it into lockdown.

  1. Change the oil: Replace the oil and coolant with fresh fluids but only if you’ll be storing your car for more than 30 days. This step is crucial as used engine oil contains pollutants and impurities that could damage your car’s engine.
  2. Top up the petrol tank: If you’re planning on keeping your car in storage for more than a month, fill up the petrol tank. This prevents moisture from amassing inside the tank and keeps the seals from drying out. You might also want to consider buying a fuel stabiliser, which fights any ethanol build up. This in turn, minimises rust and gum in the tank.
  3. Wash your car: While it might seem counterintuitive to wash and wax your car before you store it away, the importance of it shouldn’t be overlooked. Bird droppings, dirt and water stains left for too long can damage the paint, so it’s essential to give it a good clean. While you’re at it, vacuum the interior of your car as well. Remove any food scraps, leftover coffee cups or garbage as they can cause odours when left in a car over time.
  4. Inflate your tyres: Ensure your tyres are inflated to the recommended tyre pressure before taking your car down to storage. This is an important step, as your tyres could develop flat spots due to bearing the full weight of the car. If possible, see if your car can be driven once every few weeks while in storage. If not, consider taking the wheels off and putting your car on jack stands. While this does require more work, it could potentially save you from needing a new set of tyres when you return.
  5. Maintain your car insurance: While you might be tempted to cancel your auto insurance to save on costs, this might not be the best idea. Don’t cancel – instead, let your insurer know that you won’t be driving for an extended period. This may reduce your premiums overall as your risk of accident is non-existent.

By following these tips, you can be confident that your car will be in good condition when you return. If you’re looking for car insurance, talk to us today at CCI Personal Insurance about your options.