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5 Storage Secrets that Every Car Collector Needs to Know

By jacksont

If you're a car collector, then you probably cherish the vehicles that you own and want to keep them in great condition no matter what the weather is like outside. After all, many collector vehicles are expensive, and any type of damage to them can deteriorate their value. While you probably know the basics of how to store these, do you know the secrets? By knowing these you can avoid causing damage to your investments, and keep them in great shape so that you enjoy your vehicle all throughout the year.

1. Use Outside Storage

If you have been using your garage for storage of your classic car, then it might be time to consider renting a storage unit. The best part about this is that it will protect your vehicle from the outside elements, and keep it safe and sound in a separate area. Some units (like these in Melbourne) are even climate controlled, which means you won't have to worry about the inside getting too cold or hot (which could cause damage to the car). Even better, your garage will be cleared up so that you can park your normally-driven car in it at any time.

2. Rodent Control

One common problem that many car collectors don't anticipate (especially when they store their car in their own garage) is that mice and other rodents can quickly become a problem. They can cause a lot of damage, and that can mean added expenses for repairs down the road. In order to avoid this occurring, it's worth it to have the storage area sprayed by an exterminator. In addition to this, you can set traps to deter them from coming inside in the first place.

3. Spread Cat Litter

If you have concrete underneath your vehicle, and you have been noticing that the car sweats, then spread cat litter underneath it (you can find it at Walmart) . Although this might sound odd, it can actually reduce the chances of damage to your car and tires. The litter will also absorb added moisture in the air so that corrosion and rust are less likely. Keep a box of this handy in the storage area, and sweep up the excess whenever you move the car.

4. Car Cover

A car cover is an essential for collector car storage, but it's important to choose the right one. Avoid plastic and other waterproof materials, as those will actually contain moisture inside them, and that can cause rust on your vehicle. Look for a cover that is going to breathe, and allow moisture to flow from the inside to the outside. When the cover is not in use, make sure you store it properly so that you don't have to worry about bugs or small rodents getting inside it.

5. Regular Visits

You need to take your car out for a drive at least once per month, just to make sure nothing is drying out or getting corroded. Go to lunch, enjoy a beautiful drive or just run some errands. By doing so you will know that your car is in good shape and that there isn't anything serious going on inside.

How To Prepare Your Car For Long Term Storage?

By jacksont

Winter takes as much toll as summer on the vehicle, particularly if you live in an extremely snowy environment. Various kinds of street muck, such as road salts, magnesium chloride and sand tend to latch to a car like annoying leeches. Spending the whole winter immobile on the street could potentially create a thick layer of sediment on your vehicle which will slowly, but surely, cause some serious damage to your car. If left unattended, this problem could even lead to corrosion, especially if the chloride chemicals were present. Here are some crucial tips in order to prepare your car for long term storage and avoid all of the possible problems related to winter immobility of the vehicle.

Store Your Vehicle The Right Way

There are many reasons why people stop driving their vehicle for a long period of time. Those reasons could involve license suspension, availability of another car or temporary relocation. Regardless of the reason, every vehicle should be properly prepared for an extended period of hibernation. By taking all of the necessary precautions you just might save a lot of money in the long run.

Indoor vs. Outdoor

You should always look to store your vehicle indoors, in a dry and cool environment, but whether you store it indoors or outdoors, it is incredibly important for your vehicle to be impeccably clean. There is a reason why all classic car collectors are able to keep their vintage vehicles in great shape throughout all of the years, and that reason is the fact that an indoor setting provides the ultimate protection for a vehicle.

Owning a garage would be ideal, but if that's not possible then renting a storage unit (like this one Kennards Self Storage offers in Auckland) is well worth considering. However, if the vehicle has no other options but to endure the elements, then the best thing you could do is to put a thick car tarp or cover over the whole vehicle frame, but even after doing that the outdoor storage still remains a gamble as it is more prone to deterioration and wear of the vehicle.

Fluids Galore

The best thing you could do in order to prevent the interior destruction of the engine is to make sure all of the fluids are full and fresh. Purchasing a fuel stabilizer is advised as it prevents gasoline breakdown and allows your tank to remain relatively full, keeping out extra airspace which can lead to rust and moisture.

The next thing to do is to take out the spark plugs and then line the cylinders with oil in order to prevent corrosion. Changing the oil and oil filter is necessary, as old oil can have all sorts of acids and byproducts that usually lead to damage.

Long Gone

Should your vehicle be left unattended for up to 1 year or more without motion, while you're off traveling around the world, some extra precautions should be taken. The first thing you should do is to take out the battery and clean all of the connections. You should also consider jacking the vehicle up on a jack stand if possible and adding ten pounds of pressure to each tire in order to prevent flat spots. Having your vehicle waxed prior to your departure will improve the overall durability of the paint job.

Beware Of The Critters

Critters really love to make nice homes out of cars, and the last thing that you want when you get the vehicle back in use is to find out that it is now a nice home for rats, mice and squirrels.
Sealing every single hole a mouse could crawl through is an extremely difficult, if not impossible task, but you can easily cover tail pipe and other noticeable holes. If your vehicle isn't going to get even the occasional spin, then dropping a few mothballs near it will add extra critter protection.

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