Between draining fluids, disconnecting parts, and removing parts, getting your vehicle ready for long-term indoor storage requires effort. On the other end, when it comes time to remove your vehicle from storage, it’s not as simple as replacing removed parts, turning the key, and hitting the open road. Below, we’ve put together a handy list of what to do before taking your car out of storage.
What to inspect before driving your vehicle
– Air out your vehicle. Even in a well-ventilated vehicle storage facility, the air in your car can become stale and unhealthy. Start by rolling down the windows to let the fresh air circulate freely. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few minutes can make.
– Test your tire pressure. Even if your tires don’t appear to be visibly low, it’s always best to check their pressure. Always check the air while the tires are cold. Adjust the pressure as needed to meet the tire’s factory requirements.
– Check and test your battery. If you used a tickler charger during storage, start by removing it and test the battery for proper voltage and charge. If the battery can’t hold a full charge, you will need to replace it. Otherwise, you run the risk of destroying your alternator. Next, visually examine your battery. Check all of the connections for any sign of rust and confirm that the connections are still firm and intact.
– Refill and replace your fluids. Check all of your vehicle’s fluids (i.e. oil, fuel, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, windshield cleaner, antifreeze, etc.). Top off or refill any fluids to their proper levels. Depending on how long your car was in storage, you may need to drain the old fluids to add new fluids. Be sure to visually inspect your hoses and connections. Hoses can sometimes dry out and crack after extended periods of disuse, so check for any signs of leakage.
– Check under the hood. After extended storage, you should always look for any sign of damage or foreign objects in the engine area. Regardless of how secure your storage area is, check for signs of small rodents or nests that could have invaded under the hood.
– Replace necessary parts. When you place your car in storage for an extended period, some parts may need to be replaced. You should replace any damaged part before you drive your vehicle. Windshield wipers and air filters were not made to last forever. While in storage, dust may collect in air filters and windshield wipers can become dry and crack. Replace any other part that appears to be cracked or damaged.
Should you consider professional indoor vehicle storage?
If all of the above steps sound time consuming, there is a simple solution. When you require long-term storage for your luxury vehicle start with a professional vehicle storage facility like the experts at Parc Ferme! Not only will our professional technicians prepare your vehicle for storage, but they will also take care of all of the steps necessary to get you back on the road when you are ready to retrieve your car from storage. We’ll even wash, wax and detail your vehicle so you get it back in tip-top condition! All of this and more with professional vehicle storage. Contact us today to learn more about storing your luxury vehicle.