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Parking Part 3 – Preparing Your Vehicle for Storage

By Moove In Self Storage

Prep Vehicle For Storage
In Parking Parts 1 and 2, we went over How to Rent a Parking Space and selecting Indoor or Outdoor Parking to help you decide which option is best for your vehicle storage needs. For the last step in this process, I will help you prepare your vehicle for storage with some simple tips which will help you prevent any unwanted surprises.


Securing a Parking Space or Indoor Storage Unit

Regardless of the storage type you will be using for your vehicle, you will need to bring your driver’s license, current registration, current insurance card and a copy of the title to the rental office when you secure your parking space or storage unit. It’s also a good idea to bring several current photos of your vehicle to keep on file. This provides documentation of the condition of your vehicle when you begin storing with us. If you do not have any current photos, we can simply take photos when you arrive, print them out on the spot and add them to your file as a service to you. These documents are a requirement of the rental agreement and essential for our records. We must ensure the vehicle is in working condition, has valid insurance and that you are indeed the owner of the vehicle being stored at our facility. If you are ready to get started, you can reserve a unit or parking space online now.


Preparing Your Vehicle for Outdoor Storage
If you plan to park your vehicle – car, truck, motorcycle, trailer, boat or RV – outside in a parking space, there are a few things you will want to take care of to keep it protected:

  • Battery CheckRun a battery check and test your tire pressure.
  • A quick drive around the neighborhood is a good idea to make sure everything is in tip-top shape before storing for long periods of time.
  • Remove anything of value from the vehicle.
  • Make sure all of your windows are up, and doors are shut and locked.
  • We recommend removing the windshield wipers and keeping them in the car if you are planning to leave the vehicle there for more than a few weeks at a time.
  • Keep a flashlight and jumper cables in the trunk, just in case you need them when you return to retrieve your vehicle.
  • For cars and trucks, place a sun-shield in the front and back windows to avoid sun and heat damage in the summer months.
  • All-weather covers are highly recommended as well. Many commercial retailers even offer an industrial grade shrink wrap service for boats and RVs to help protect the paint job from the harsh winter elements.
  • Emergency Vehicle KitMake sure to winterize your boat or RV before putting it into storage for the cold winter months.
  • Whatever the size of the vehicle, we also recommend you place a wedge under the front and back of two of the back tires (especially if it has a manual transmission). These are very inexpensive (under $20) and can be purchased online or in any auto parts store.


Preparing Your Vehicle for Indoor Storage
If you are planning to store your car, truck or motorcycle inside one of our spacious garages, you will need to take care of a few things before you bring it over:

  • We recommend you place a tarp or large sheets of cardboard inside the unit to protect the concrete from any damage from oil or condensation leaks (damage and maintenance fees will be assessed if the concrete is stained).
  • Measure the concrete lip at the front of the unit to make sure the clearance is low enough to allow your vehicle to enter the unit without scraping. If you are concerned about the lip, consult your local hardware or auto parts store to purchase 2×4 planks or a vehicle ramp. You can store these in the unit as well to make sure they are at your fingertips when you need to move your vehicle in and out of the storage unit.
  • If you are planning to bring your vehicle in and out after dark, we recommend you purchase battery operated motion sensor LED lights and set them inside the unit. Even though our properties are all well-lit, the inside of your unit is not. These lights are around $20 and can be purchased online or in stores.
  • Remove anything of value from the vehicle.
  • Make sure all of your windows are up, and doors are shut and locked.
  • Even though you are storing your vehicle indoors, we recommend a sheet or car cover be placed over it to prevent dust build-up over time.
  • Please note, not all facilities have storage units large enough to accommodate oversized trucks, boats and RVs. Be sure to speak with the property manager and go over the measurements to ensure it will fit inside one of our units.

Outdoor Parking Space
These recommendations are provided to make sure your storage experience is as stress-free as possible. Contact us at any time or consult your property manager to see which of these things will be the best for you and your individual vehicle storage needs. Your satisfaction is our number one priority. If you’ve stored a vehicle before, or have vehicle storage advice, we would love to hear your feedback! Simply comment below with your indoor or outdoor storage plan and tips.