How to store vehicles safely in Self-Storage
We have over 85 vehicle spaces at Sheeplands Self Storage. We store trailers, campervans, caravans, boats, cars etc. All of our storage is outdoors, is on hard standing and is very secure. Storing vehicles safely in a Self-Storage facility requires proper preparation and precautions to ensure their protection. Here are some steps for you to follow:
- Choose the right storage facility: Look for a reputable Self-Storage facility that offers vehicle storage options. Ensure that the facility has proper security measures in place, such as surveillance cameras, access control, and perimeter fencing. We are proud to confirm we have all of the above in place and pride ourselves on our high level of security!
- Determine the appropriate storage unit size: Measure your vehicle to determine the storage unit size you’ll need. Consider not just the length of the vehicle but also the width and height. Let us know all of this when you enquire so we can allocate you with the right space.
- Clean and prepare the vehicle: Thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior of the vehicle before storing it. Remove any personal belongings, valuables, and important documents from the vehicle. Clean the interior to prevent the development of odours or the growth of mould and mildew. Wash and wax the exterior to protect the paint and finish. We also recommend covering your vehicle as it will be stored outside.
- Perform maintenance tasks: Take care of any necessary maintenance tasks before storing the vehicle. This includes changing the oil, checking and inflating the tires, and ensuring all fluids are at the appropriate levels. Consider using a fuel stabiliser to prevent fuel degradation if the vehicle will be stored for an extended period.
- Protect against pests: To prevent pests like rodents or insects from damaging your vehicle, take precautions such as placing rodent traps or repellents inside the storage unit. Seal any openings where pests could enter, such as exhaust pipes or air intakes.
- Disconnect the battery: If you’re storing the vehicle for an extended period, it’s recommended to disconnect the battery to prevent drainage and potential damage. You can also use a battery tender or maintainer to keep the battery charged if the storage facility allows it.
- Use a quality cover: Consider using a breathable, weatherproof car cover to protect your vehicle from dust, dirt, and potential scratches. Ensure the cover fits properly and is securely fastened.
- Park the vehicle properly: Park the vehicle in a designated spot within the storage unit, leaving enough space for easy access and movement. If there are multiple vehicles, create clear pathways between them to avoid potential damage.
- Secure the vehicle by using a wheel clamp or a tow lock.
- Insurance coverage: Check with your insurance provider to ensure that your vehicle is adequately covered during the storage period. You may need to purchase additional coverage specifically for stored vehicles.