What to Know When Storing Your Classic Car

Posted on Mar 28 2014 - 9:00am by Garret Stembridge

Classic Car StorageClassic cars don’t always do well in harsh weather, making seasonal car storage a must in many areas. But but storing a vintage automobile is different from other types of storage. Below are some things that you need to know and do when looking for and storing your vehicle:


Winter Maintenance

You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your classic car, so it’s important that you make sure it’s in good running order before storing it. You, or your mechanic, should give it a full inspection and address any issues before locking it up for the season. It’s also wise to take the car in for a full cleaning.

Here are some additional pre-storage maintenance tips:

  • Moisture can build up in an empty fuel tank. Make sure your tank is full and add a fuel preservative to be safe.
  • Change the oil.
  • Lubricate hinges and locks prior to storage to prevent difficulty opening them later.
  • Make sure the storage area is clean and free of debris that could attract rodents during the cold months.


Checking Out Storage Facilities

It’s important to investigate storage facilities before making a commitment. Don’t be afraid to visit several facilities and to talk to the management about their experience in storing classic cars. Here are some things to ask about:


1. Private or Shared

Some facilities offer shared storage for automobiles, while others offer individual units. The primary advantage of a private unit is that you can control access to your vehicle and its exposure to the elements. Shared storage, on the other hand, is often less expensive.


2. Security

Storage facilities often claim to have 24/7 security. while this may be technically true, if you value your ride, you’ll find out just how the facility defines “security” before you sign a lease. Some places have on-premise guards, while others just have security cameras and an alarm system. It’s up to you to decide which security protocol you feel the most comfortable with.


3. Climate Control

Your car will benefit from climate controlled storage. Talk to the facility about temperature control in your storage unit and check out the unit yourself to see how stable the temperature appears to be. Keep in mind that if you store your vintage automobile in a shared facility, it will be exposed to uneven temperatures due to other patrons and employees opening doors and moving in and out of the space. If this is a concern, it may be best to lease a private storage unit.

Do you own a classic car? What do you look for in a storage facility?