Putting your belongings into storage is a no-brainer if you’re going away or don’t use them very often. In most instances this process is as easy as pack ‘n go, however, there are a few special cases where you may need to do a little preparation first.
Below is a list of things which need extra TLC if you plan to leave them in storage for an extended period of time.
How To Store your Vehicle
Storage is the ideal place to keep your beauty safe, but doing a bit of prep beforehand will ensure she stays in top condition while you’re away.
•Renew your registration as it might expire while the car is in storage – an issue if you want to drive the car home. You can do it online here.
•Change brake fluid and oil to ensure that it is free of any sediment which may settle during storage.
•Empty your petrol tank as volatile chemicals are unsafe to store and may void your insurance policy.
•Lubricate the hinges on the doors, bonnet and boot to prevent them from seizing shut while in storage.
•Disconnect the battery
•Don’t use the handbrake (rather use chocks) as handbrakes can seize shut in old cars.
•‘Flat spots’ form on tires if the car is left standing too long. If you plan on storing the car for an extended period of time you might want to replace the tires with old ones or leave the car elevated on a jack.
•Place paper or plastic under the windscreen wipers to prevent the rubber from sticking to the glass.
•Have the interior dry cleaned and ensure that the car is tidy and dry
•Leave the windows open a crack to allow any odors to escape