Pump the Brakes: Don’t Make These Car Storage Mistakes

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The average family owns two cars, while 35% of American households have three or more. If you’re slowly but surely coming to the realization that you need extra vehicle storage space, choosing a controlled access storage unit is ideal. But while preparing your vehicle for long term storage, it’s important to avoid some common mistakes that can hurt both your vehicle and your wallet. Here are just a few mistakes you don’t want to make when preparing your vehicle for storage.

Not Filling Up Your Gas Tank

It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true: you’re actually supposed to fill up your gas tank before storing your vehicle. And it’s not just because it’s more convenient when you pick it up. A car stored for a long period of time without a full gas tank can actually cause the vehicle to rust and potentially damage your engine. The longer your car is stored, the higher the potential there is for damage. Top off your gas tank and use a fuel stabilizer to keep your vehicle in top shape during storage.

Not Inspecting the Vehicle After Storage

Even if you took a lot of time finding the right storage unit to get the best controlled access storage unit money can buy, it’s still a good idea to perform a quick visual inspection upon the return of your vehicle. Failing to do so can cause for some unexpected car issues after you hit the road. Before taking off, let the engine run for a few minutes and start slow when it comes to braking. Make sure to listen for odd engine noises as well and pull over if something seems amiss.

Using the Parking Brake

Finally, when storing a car, it may seem logical to use the parking brake to ensure your vehicle won’t move an inch. But this could actually cause damage to the brake pads and fuse them to the rotors. Instead, use bricks or chocks under your wheels to make sure your car is steady.

Ultimately, avoiding these mistakes means safer storage and vehicle longevity. For more information about storing a vehicle in self storage units, contact Prestige Storage.