During your search for car storage units in Concord or the surrounding area, you need to keep a few things in mind. Car storage isn’t as easy as parking your car in an enclosed space and wandering off. You need to prepare your car so when you pull it out, it’s functional and ready to go. Your reasons for using self storage units can vary from those of other car owners, but here are three things all car owners should know:
You need to prepare your car before long-term storage
For storage that’s two weeks or longer, you’ll need to prepare your car so that it’s functional when you return. Your car storage facility might have a checklist of steps, or you can check out the ones shared on car maintenance websites.
Some of the most important steps are filling your gas tank with gas and gas stabilizer, deflating your tires or raising your car frame on jacks, and disconnecting your battery or attaching it to a battery tender. Less vital to your car’s functionality, is using a car cover to prevent dust from collecting the frame, and leaving a can of baking soda inside to absorb bad smells, two of many handy tools to keep your car functional while in storage.
Your car should be driven once in a while
If you’re storing your car because you use it only in a few special events, you can take the battery out and put it back in before every ride. Or, you can keep the battery in and take the car out for a short ride once or twice a week. You could also drive the car out to a parking lot, let it idle for 10-15 minutes, then put it back in. That’s long enough for the alternator to refill and get the car to its normal operating temperature. But it’s always best to get in a little more engine exercise to keep your car in good shape.
Your storage should be climate-controlled
Car storage must be sealed from the elements and climate controlled. A stable temperature will preserve your car, and is especially important for antiques. Fluctuating temperatures in an enclosed space can damage your car frame or interiors. If storing your car over multiple seasons in the Bay Area, you’ll face damage from heat gain. Make sure your car storage facility is equipped to protect your car from heat, cold, and keep it at a constant temperature.
Car storage units are available in Concord, CA
ABBA Self & RV Storage is conveniently located near Interstate 680, Highway 24, and Highway 242. We offer the best in security, including a gated property, security cameras, and individual security controls. Contact us today for further information about our car storage units.