Whether it is your classic car, seasonal vehicle, or motorcycle, there may be a time when you need to store that vehicle for an extended period of time. No matter the reason for needing storage, it is important that you take the steps to protect your investment and maintain peace of mind knowing your vehicle will be safe. By storing your vehicle in your garage, leaving it on the street, or entrusting it to someone that may not be credible, you risk damaging the paint’s finish or engine components.
Understanding how to properly store your vehicle for both a short or long period of time is important for maintaining its value.
How to Properly Store a Vehicle
The below tips apply in both short and long-term storage situations. Before storing, be sure to:
Check & Top Off Fluids - All of your vehicle’s fluids should be topped off before sending it for storage. This is a preventative measure for your vehicle’s engine and will ensure there are no contaminants in the oil that damage your engine over time.
Fuel Stabilizer - If you will be storing your vehicle for an extended period of time, consider adding a fuel stabilizer to prevent gasoline from breaking down and damaging your fuel line.
Cover It - Your vehicle should never be stored uncovered. It needs to be protected from the elements, dust and debris. If, for any reason, your car will be exposed to moisture, use a waterproof car cover. At TFX International, we will cover your car for you and store it in a temperature-controlled indoor storage facility to ensure it remains in top condition.
Clean It - While it may seem counterproductive to wash a car just for storage, it is a critical step. Never store a dirty vehicle. By leaving grime and buildup on the surface of your car or motorcycle, you risk damaging the finish over time. While you are washing, you may choose to add a coat of wax as well to seal the exterior and protect it over time.
Disconnect It - Your battery should be disconnected so that the leads do not erode overtime and affect the connections. You can check the charge on the battery before you are ready to drive your vehicle again.
Use a Professional Storage Service
Whether you are shipping your car across Canada or just looking for a place to store it over the winter, the storage service you use is important. In addition to car shipping in Vancouver and across Canada, our team also offers short and long-term storage solutions for your seasonal vehicle and classic cars. If you’re unable to visit our facility at any time, we also provide pickup and delivery service to and from our facility.
The team at TFX International understands the value of your vehicle, both from a monetary and sentimental value. That’s why we offer a 30,000 square foot indoor storage facility with closed circuit cameras and on-site staff to consistently monitor your vehicle. If you choose to keep your vehicle with us for an extended period of time, we offer battery charging, fuel stabilizer, car covers, floor mats, steering wheel covers, and more.
Taking your classic car to a show after removing it from storage? Look into TFX International’s vehicle shipping in the USA, as well as Canada. Call TFX International at 1-888-415-3158 or contact us online for a free quote.