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Storing a Car in Essex

7th May 2015

Sometimes, you find yourself in a situation that you will not be needing to your your car on a regular basis. You may be taking off on a long vacation, housesitting for a friend that wants you to use their car while you’re there, heading out for a few months on a military deployment, or have simply decided to store a car for winter. The challenge is getting your car to the proper state to store it for a longer period of time, as well as at a place that you know will store and take care of your vehicle properly.

The last thing you want to do is leave your car sitting in your driveway or sit in a garage for a few months – of course, it will be susceptible to theft (which would be the worst case scenario to come home to), or you could wind up with a dead battery. At the very least you can expect that some critter has climbed up into the undercarriage of the car or into the hood and has created some kind of nest in your absence. Leaving a car for an extended period of time can also really damage it’s engine – shortening it’s life and costing you money in the long run.

How To Store Your Car

If you’re going to store a car, the main priority is to have it stored inside a building. Whether it be a warehouse, a public storage facility or a garage, keeping it inside will protect your vehicle from the elements, any animals that may want to live in it while you’re away, and keep it at a pretty regular temperature.

Before you drop your car off, it’s in your best interest to get the outside cleaned properly. Even though it may seem strange to clean your car up in order to not use it for some time, it will be so much better to pick up your car in good shape. Plus, even just having bird droppings on your car  for an extended period of time can screw up your paint job. Get your wheels cleaned so that mud or tar won’t be stuck on your tires for a long period of time.

Your car should have a full tank of gar when it’s put in storage, and you should also purchase a fuel stabilizer. If you are going to be storing your car for a least a month, you should have an oil change done right before storing, as used engine oil can also really damage your engine.

Overall, storing your car is a smart idea rather than just leaving it at home. Before storing, talk with your insurance company to see if it’s more beneficial for you to cancel your car insurance, or leave it on – the gap in coverage could end up costing you more in the long run, depending on your plan.

Ask around for reputable car storage facilities in Essex to ensure your car is well taken care of, and in pristine condition when you return!