Car Storage Tips

At The Storage Inn of Egg Harbor Township, we have extra large units that are perfect for storing your car over the winter or while away for an extended time period. We've compiled a few tips for vehicle storage that you may find helpful.

A classic car in storage

Keep Your Car Under a Roof

When winter approaches it's best to put summer vehicles into a garage or a storage facility to protect them from the harsh environment. Letting your car sit on the street or in the driveway exposed to foul weather can lead to ruined tires, dead batteries or worse.

Make it Shine

Dirt and grim left on a vehicle over time can sometimes lead to problems with your finish or cause corrosion. Be sure to wash and even wax your vehicle before putting it away for the season. Double check under fenders and around tires for caked on mud and tar.

Change the Oil

If you will be storing your car for more than 30 days, consider getting the oil changed.

Fill Your Tank

If you will be storing your car for more than 30 days, fill the tank with gas. This prevents moisture from building up inside the fuel tank and will keep the seals from drying out.

Keep The Battery Alive

If you can't periodically start the car while in storage you can disconnect the negative battery cable. You'll probably lose your stereo presets, but you won't need a jump to get her going again when spring rolls back around.

Skip the Parking Brake

Engaging the parking brake for a long period of time creates the possiblity of the brake pads and the rotors fusing if they are in contact. Instead purchase a tire stopper (also called a chock) to prevent the car from moving.

Prevent Flat Spots in Your Tires

Be sure your tires are inflated to the recommended tire pressure. If your car is left stationary for too long, the tires could develop flat spots as the weight of the car presses down on them. This process occurs at a faster rate in colder temperatures and with vehicles equipped with performance tires or low-profile tires.

Maintain Insurance

The Storage Inn offers insurance to our tenants for their stored possessions at a price that is about half of industry standard rates with no deductible and superior coverage. Ask an associate for details.