How To Prep Your Car For Storage

If you are like me, you are stuck at home with nowhere to go and plenty of time. This also means that your car is not likely going anywhere either. While there is a positive to this, chances are you’re saving gas money. You are actually supposed to drive your car at least once a week to keep it in good condition.


If this is news to you, you aren’t alone. I didn’t realize this until my car started having some problems. Did you know that any car that sits unused for a prolonged period of time is likely to develop minor issues that could get exponentially worse?


Here are some things you need to know if you are going to store your car for a long period of time:


First, get it cleaned inside and out. Even though you aren’t driving your car anywhere you will want to remove all of the dirt and bug splatters. Leaving those on the paint can ruin the paint job over time. Remove all the trash from the inside of your car that could cause it to stink or attract bugs or rodents.


Second, fill up the tank. It seems like something you wouldn’t want to do since you won’t be driving your car. But, putting gas in the car can help prevent the accumulation of moisture in the tank and keep the seals from going dry. If you aren’t using your car for longer than a month add a fuel stabilizer.


Third, change the oil. This may also seem pointless but it’s not. New oil is free from any contaminants that could damage your car’s engine. You’ll really only need to do this if you are going to store your car for at least a month.


And finally, decide where you are going to store your vehicle. If you have a covered garage that will probably be your first choice. If not, consider using us at All American Self Storage. Leaving your car out in the open should be your last resort. And don’t forget to protect your car with a car cover.


No matter what your storage needs are, we are here for you at All American Self Storage meeting your San Mateo self-storage needs.

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