Tips for Long-Term Vehicle Storage
For many people who own a luxury vehicle like a Porsche, long-term storage is a need every now and then. Whether you’re traveling or keeping the vehicle at a lesser-used location, keeping the vehicle safe and well-maintained is vital.
At Formula Motorsports, we’re here to help with not only our Porsche restoration, maintenance and service, but with considerations like storage as well. Here are a few tips we can offer to make sure your storage experience goes off without any hassle.
Tank and Oil
Before taking your car in for storage, fill it with gas – the fuller the tank, the less chance of any excess moisture building up in the tank, which can lead to rust. Also be sure the oil has been changed recently, and the filter has been replaced. Old or dirty oil in the car for a long period of time can lead to premature rusting within the engine.
On top of this, if you can, remove your spark plugs and lubricate the car’s cylinders before storage.
Tires and Jacks
Tires can be very expensive to replace, so make sure you fill them to the maximum suggested PSI before storage. If you’re leaving the car in storage for a significant period, consider putting the car up on jack stands – this will relieve weight on the tires and suspension, and will prevent tires from flat spotting. If you’re storing the car on a dirt or stone surface, add plywood or another strong surface below the tires to protect them from rot.
Store a clean and waxed car – any additional dust or debris can lead to pests and odors. This includes the wheels.
Battery and Fluids
Remove the battery entirely if you’re planning to store the car long-term. Clean it with a mixture of baking soda, petroleum jelly and distilled water if it’s dirty, and store it of the ground in a climate-controlled environment. If you only store your car for periods at a time, consider a battery tender to keep the battery up over time.
In addition, do a quick inspection before storage for fluids like antifreeze, brake fluid and transmission fluid.
Want to learn more about proper storage for your luxury vehicle, or interested in any of our Porsche services? Speak to the experts at Formula Motorsports today.
8/2/2021 11:30:25 am
I have a car that I want to keep stored during the winter. It's good to know that there are storage units for this kind of thing! I'll be sure to find a good storage place for this.
11/4/2021 06:01:16 pm
I travel abroad a lot due to work and I am looking for a vehicle storage service to store my Porsche for a long term. I like how you mentioned before storing our car, we should make sure our car is clean and waxed because debris can lead to pest and odor. I will be sure to follow these tips and clean my car when I find a reliable vehicle storage service to store my car.
1/4/2022 09:54:34 pm
I appreciate what you said about adjusting the PSI. I need to store my car in a storage unit. I need to get a unit that is big enough for a van.
4/12/2022 07:52:09 pm
I appreciate what you said about how you might want to wax your car before putting it in storage. I need to get a facility to house my RV. I'll have to consider getting a unit with good lighting.
7/25/2022 06:46:29 pm
I like what you said about getting a PSI calibrated correctly for storage. I need to get a unit for my bikes. I'll have to consider getting something that is climate-controlled.
9/12/2022 02:49:22 pm
Thanks for mentioning that you need to remove the car battery before putting it in storage. My husband and I have a small camper, and we'd like to put it in storage until next summer. We have never stored it at a facility, but I think that would keep it in better condition.
1/12/2023 02:37:13 pm
Thank you for explaining that you should fill your tires all the way before storing it. We've been wondering what we should know to store our RV until the spring. I'll be sure to share this with my husband so we can get started on doing this.
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