DO YOU NEED CAR STORAGE ?

If you're looking for a secure way of keeping your car under lock and key, one of our storage containers could be the perfect solution. Most cars and vehicles can safely be driven into a shipping container and stored for longer or shorter periods.


In the UK you can store your car, vehicle or boat in a container at most of our self storage sites shown under locations. We can supply ramps in most sites for access during the office opening hours or by appointment. 


In addition to cars, our self storage sites also store vintage cars, motorbikes, small sailing boats, speed boats, canoes, kayak, surf boards and other super-sized items in our 20' and 40' containers.
 


CAR STORAGE CHECKLIST AND ADVICE


Storing a car for future use is a sensible option if you only use it at certain times of the year, but there are things that we suggest you take into consideration before you store your car. Whether its in a lock up, garage, container or car storage professional, if your storing it for two months or more these things might help to keep your car in the best possible condition.


</I><b>CHANGING THE ENGINE OIL</B>CHANGING THE ENGINE OIL
Dirty or old engine oil can thicken over time and make the engine difficult to start after storage. This step is recommended by most vehicle manufacturers as old engine oil can contain contaminates that can damage the engine over time.


</I><b>OVER INFLATING YOUR TYRES</B>OVER INFLATING YOUR TYRES
To over inflate the tyres or use tire jacks will help prevent flat spots on the tyres from sitting unmoved for long periods.


</I><b>CLEANING THE CAR</b>CLEANING THE CAR
It is a good idea to wash and wax the outside of the car and clean and vacuum the inside. A clean outside removes things that can eat away at the car's finish (Bird droppings, for example) and prevents corrosion. A clean inside prevents things such as dirt, food, and residues from festering and causing mould.


</I><b>FILLING THE TANK WITH FUEL AND STABILIZER</b>FILLING THE TANK WITH FUEL AND STABILIZER
Filling the tank with fuel prevents the tank seals from drying out and condensation building up in the tank, causing issues when you next drive the vehicle. Adding the stabilizer preserves the fuel and also prevents damage to the fuel system. Usually you will add 1 ounce of stabilizer for every 3-5 gallons of fuel, but check the label on the stabilizer to be sure.


</i><b>DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY</b>DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY
The best way to keep your car battery in great shape during storage is to buy a trickle charger as this will keep the battery ready to use. Unfortunately, if you're storing your car in a self storage container, electricity isn’t always at hand. In this case you could disconnect the negative terminal on the battery to stop acid leaks whilst preserving the charge in the battery itself. Please be aware that if you go for this option, you are likely to loose all radio and vehicle pre-sets when connecting it again.


</i><b>AVOID USING THE HANDBRAKE</b>AVOID USING THE HANDBRAKE
It's usually a good idea to use the parking brake, but don't do it when you leave a car in storage. If the brake pads make contact with the disks for too long, there is a chance that they might fuse. Instead, purchase a tire stopper, also called a chock, to prevent the car from moving.


</i><b>MAINTAINING YOUR INSURANCE COVER</b>MAINTAINING YOUR INSURANCE COVER
You might be tempted to cancel your car insurance when your vehicle is in storage. Although that might initially save money, there is a chance that the insurance company will raise your rates due to the gap in coverage, which could cost you more in the long run. This can vary based on where you live and who your provider is, so contact your insurance company to see what options are available to you. If your storing in a self storage container you will need to have all of your comtents, including cars, insured so please contact your provider for their advice regarding storage.



READY TO GET BACK INTO ACTION?


HERE IS A LIST OF TOP TIPS FOR WHEN YOU'VE FINISHED STORING YOUR CAR

• Check the windscreen wipers to see if the rubber is cracked or brittle.
• Check the tire pressure and inflate the tires to the recommended specs.
• Check the brakes. Rust may have accumulated on the disks. In most cases, it should go away after you drive the vehicle for a short time.
• Check fluids to make sure there have been no leaks and that they are at the recommended levels.
• If the battery cable has been disconnected, make sure that you reconnect it and that the battery terminals are clean.
• Wash your vehicle to remove any dirt that may have accumulated.


</i><center>20' container with ramps</center>
20' container with ramps
</i><center>MITSUBISHI Barbarian</center>
MITSUBISHI Barbarian
</i><center>BMW 5 series</center>
BMW 5 series
</i><center>RANGE ROVER Velar</center>
RANGE ROVER Velar

Don't need access?

 

Save money with loaded storage instead of self storage.

Car goes in → Hand break on → floor chocks → container is stacked away.

Long term/no access except start and end. *This service is only available where we have container handlers on site. 

 

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