Storing Your Classic Car

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Detroit is known as “The Motor City” and its history of vehicle manufacturing and creating fine automobiles stretches back nearly 100 years. People in the city love their cars, and there are countless individuals who own a classic car that is their pride and joy. They go to great lengths to maintain them, keep them running, and get them ready for classic car shows around the country. If you own a vintage vehicle, there’s always one thing you should keep in mind – where you will store it. You might have room in your garage, but there’s always the risk that something will scratch or damage it. At EZ Storage®, we can help you find the ideal storage solution for your treasured ride.

Preparing Your Car for Storage

dreamstime_14408712Whether you’ve restored an old automobile or you bought a classic car in pristine condition, you’ll want to be sure to prepare it properly for storage. You may only need to store it for a few months, and you may plan to take it out for a spin on a regular basis, but washing it each time can help maintain its perfect exterior. You’ll also want to detail the interior to make sure no dirt or dust is left sitting on the leather or vinyl that many classic cars have. Waxing your car will also help protect it while it sits in storage. Remember, the better you take care of it, the better your vehicle will look when you take it to the next auto show.

Drain the Fluids

It can be beneficial for your classic car if you drain the fluids from it before putting it into long-term storage. The oil, gasoline, brake fluid, and other liquids can cause damage if they’re left to sit for long periods of time, and the last thing you want is to have to repair internal problems when you take the car out of storage. If you’re storing the vehicle for a short period of time (six months or less), you can add a fuel stabilizer and leave the gas in the car. The other fluids will most likely still need to be drained, but don’t forget to add them back in before you start up the car and take it for a spin! You may also want to remove the battery and store it in another location, as corrosion can be a vehicle’s worst enemy.

Cover It Up

Our self-storage units are modern and well-built, but dust will still find its way inside. Covering your car with an appropriate vehicle canvas will keep the dust and dirt from finding its way inside. You’ll want to be sure to get one that’s approved for vintage vehicles and that fits snugly over the entire body of the car, including the wheels. For convertibles, make sure the top is up and that the cover is designed to fit over the entire car.

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If you have a classic car that you need to store, visit EZ Storage® today. Several of our facilities have large storage units that are ideal for automobiles, and we can help you find the best solution. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have and keep your car safe for as long as you need.

Call or visit today to find the location that can store your vehicle!