Are You Looking for Vehicle Storage?

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Motorcycle storage, Year-round car storage

Boat storage

There is a midwestern writer who says that you should never count the number of tractors that you have. As long as you have enough storage locations to keep them all safe and inside, the number doesn’t really matter. Maybe that midwestern adage should apply to boats, trucks and cars as well. Vehicle storage is not really an issue for most Americans. For the real enthusiasts, however, having the proper amount of boat storage and car storage is essential to protect the investments that you have made.
Whether you have a classic sports car that you only drive during the summer months, or you are looking for a winter storage location for your recreational vehicle and boat, storage needs often require a location that is at least a short distance from your home. Because you will likely have to drive a distance to your year-round car storage location, it is important that you have 24 hour access to the property.
Not surprisingly, the majority of people who are in need of vehicle storage already have access to their own garage. In fact, almost 65% of all self storage renters have a garage but still rent a unit. Additionally, 47% have an attic in their home, and 33% also have a basement. The vehicle storage need is often for the sake of protecting a car that for some reason can not be out in the harsh elements of winter.
Vehicle storage and other kinds of storage use is a major source of revenue for storage unit owners. For example, occupancy rates for self storage facilities as of the second quarter 2015 were 90%. This means that 90% of all of the available units in most facilities were being used. This number is up from the 86.8% rate at the end of the year in 2013.
If you are preparing to put a vehicle in storage, some common sense preparation steps are recommended. For instance, consider getting your vehicle’s oil changed if you will be storing the vehicle for longer than 30 days. Ford recommends this in its owner’s manuals, saying that used engine oil has contaminants that could damage an unused engine.
It is also recommended that you fill the tank with gas if you expect the vehicle to be in storage for more than 30 days. A full gas tank will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out. Additionally, vehicle owners should also purchase a fuel stabilizer to prevent ethanol buildup and protect the engine from gum, varnish or rust. The fuel stabilizer will prevent the gas from deteriorating for as long as 12 months.

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