Tips to Follow when Storing Your Car

Posted on Mar 19 2014 - 11:02pm by Garret Stembridge

When storing your car for a period of time, there are a lot of things you need to do to make sure its components last during its period of non-use. To help you out, we interviewed automotive expert Tom Mollo of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and asked him to share his most recommended car storage tips.



We’ve also summarized Tom’s car storage tips below for your convenience. Be sure to follow these guidelines and recommendations when storing your vehicle to ensure its it top condition when you go to drive it again.


  1. Top off the fuel tank
  2. Add a fuel stabalizer
  3. Change the oil and filter
  4. Inflate tires to the appropriate pressure for short term non-use
  5. Use jack stands for long term non-use
  6. Wash and wax vehicle
  7. Mothballs in and around vehicle
  8. Steel wool in the tailpipe and air box inlet
  9. Trickle charge the battery or remove it from the vehicle
  10. Maintain car insurance
  11. Use wheel chocks, not the parking brake
  12. Place paper towels under wiper blades
Garret Stembridge

About Garret Stembridge

Social Media and Content Marketing Manager
Extra Space Storage

With a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Utah, Garret came into the self storage business after hearing of an open position at Extra Space Storage. As an important member of the internet marketing team, Garret focuses on optimizing the customer experience to ensure each customer finds the storage facility and unit that is right for them.

When he's not scouring the internet at work, Garret spends much of his time outdoors where he is often hunting, fishing, or taking care of his established beehives. Garret also enjoys watching sports and traveling to other countries when he can get time away from work.

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