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Car Storage Preparation Tips

When considering classic car storage you should keep in mind that a little maintenance on your part will ensure your car is safe from corrosion, rust and faulty parts that can occur during storage if proper maintenance is not undertaken first. Before you store your car for the winter, or perhaps even for extended periods there are a number of steps you should take:

1. Wash Your Car Thoroughly

  • Clean the interior, exterior, under carriage and under the hood of your car thoroughly
  • Polish any chrome on your car properly and ensure these areas are extra clean
  • Apply a high quality auto wax
  • It is very important to ensure the car is completely dry before you put it in storage so that you can prevent rust formation

2. Check All Your Fluid Levels

  • Ensure that the gas tank is full to avoid any corrosion
  • Make sure that the antifreeze is full for your radiator and that windshield washer fluid is filled with winter antifreeze – if not then you should drain it completely.
  • Change the following fluids in your car before storing it:
    •  Engine oil
    • Brake fluid
    • Coolant
    • Washer fluid
    • Clutch fluid
    • Oil filter

3. Protect Your Battery

  • If you are storing your car over the winter months then you should disconnect the battery to ensure it does not drain during the time it's in storage
  • If you are storing your car for a more extended period of time then you will want to remove the battery from your car completely

4. Protect The Tires

  • Jack up the car and place it on jack stands to prevent your tires from developing flat spots and to reduce strain on your suspension and other parts
  • Coat tires in lithium grease to prevent the tires from cracking, drying out or developing leaks
  • Over inflate tires

5. Lubricate

  • Use a silicone lubricant or lithium grease to coat the weather stripping and door seals
  • Lubricate the door hinges, latches and locks as well as the hood and trunk latches

6. Don't Use The Parking Break!

  • Leaving the parking brake engaged while your car is in storage can cause the break to seize up

7. Choosing Car Storage
When you choose storage for your vehicle you want to consider:

  • Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor car storage
  • Whether winter maintenance is included in the storage fee
  • The type of security features offered at the storage facility
  • The accessibility of the storage facility – is it open 24/7 and on holidays or are there specific hours that you can access your vehicle?
  • Is there insurance included in the cost of the storage fee?
  • What are the overall costs?

A little time and effort on your part before you consider classic car storage will ensure your vehicle is well cared for and will help extend its life as well as its parts.

James Snow Self-Storage offers secure, affordable classic car storage to the Milton, Coldwater, Acton, Missisauga, Oakville, Burlington areas. With our 24-hour security and access, as well as year-round maintenance you can rest assured your vehicle will be in good hands. Contact a James Snow Self-Storage representative to learn about the variety of self-storage options, unit sizes and features we offer, including climate-controlled units and indoor/outdoor storage options.

Milton Location

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8755 Holgate Crescent

Milton, ON


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Acton Location

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40 Commerce Crt 

Acton, ON


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Richmond Hill

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360 Newkirk Rd,

Richmond Hill,  ON


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Coldwater Location

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3015 Southorn Road

Coldwater, ON


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