It's the question on everyone’s lips! Or, it’s at least the question someone might ask themselves if they’ve recently bought an expensive car and can’t figure out what to do with it during the coming winter…
Fear not. All hope is not lost. In fact, if you’re asking yourself ‘where can I store my prized possession safely, away from damage causing climes like sleet, snow or hail?’ then we’ve got the answer for you. If you’re asking, ‘can I even store cars in self-storage?’ then we also have the answer for you. And if you’re wondering ‘what should I think about when storing my mean machine in a self-storage garage?’ then we have the answer to that as well…
In fact, here are our top four tips for storing your car in a self-storage unit.
1. Choose whether you’re using indoor or outdoor storage
These days, most storage providers will offer indoor and outdoor solutions. Things like cost and how to prepare your pride and joy for their time in hibernation will depend on whether you’re choosing to store indoors or outdoors, with outdoor storage likely to be the cheaper option. So, make sure you know your preference before commencing your search.
2. Seek out trusted and safe self-storage providers
Your car is one of your most expensive assets, which is why they need to live somewhere safe but accessible if they’re parted from you. We recommend that you do your research when seeking out a local self-storage garage of good repute. Have they got excellent reviews? Is their website secure? Are their facilities clean, well-managed and climate controlled (if indoors)? Are they close to you? These are just a few key things to consider. Once you’re confident in your chosen storage facility, you can think about how to prepare your car for its new home.
3. Match the car size to the area size to avoid overpaying
Space is a premium often charged for, especially for those of us who live in crowded and overpopulated towns or cities. Storage solutions are no different, although they are safer and more secure than your average garage. That said, whether it’s indoor or outdoor storage you’re looking for, most cars will need around 10 x 20 square feet (or more) of space, which should see them fitting inside their new home all safe and snug. However, once you’ve measured your car and have an idea of the dimensions needed, talk to your storage provider of choice and ask them for their special recommendation. The last thing you want is to agree a price, only for you to end up squeezing through your car’s back window because you didn’t give yourself enough wiggle room…
4. Preparation is key. Write down a checklist
To ensure maximum safety and optimum damage control, we recommend you complete a few key preparations to optimize your car’s storage experience:
When it comes to reviving your baby, preparation is still key: