How to Store Your Car Collection


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Collecting cars, as with most forms of collecting, comes with the responsibility to perform regular maintenance. Whether you are restoring classic cars or buying the latest supercars, if you don’t know how to store them correctly they will eventually deteriorate. How you store them will depend on how many cars you have and how often you will be driving them, but there are various options for the vehicle aficionado to implement.

Warehouse Storage

For large car collections, storing your vehicles in a warehouse will allow you to keep everything under one roof with the focus entirely on maintaining the right conditions. Temperature is important for avoiding corrosion, and you can purchase a temperature and humidity monitor fairly cheaply to ensure the space does not get too hot or cold.

If you are leaving a car for an extended period of time, make sure it is sealed and protected. It is usually advised that the car is washed and waxed, the battery is removed and windscreen wipers are taken off. If you need to move any cars when they are in this state, a tool like the Stringo Vehicle Mover can make life easier. This machinery can move a car safely, and the car does not even need to be started.

Ad-Hoc Storage

It might be unnecessary to need such a large space for storage, particularly if you are only just beginning a car collection. In this case, ad-hoc storage might be the best alternative, with various options available to you. You could lease small garage spaces for your vehicles, with the benefit that you can often take on short-term leases if you need to upgrade in the future. It is still wise to make sure your car is well prepared and covered when you use these smaller spaces for storage.

Seal Entrances and Cover

If you don’t seal entrances you may find bugs and small rodents find a way in. This can cause all kinds of problems with the engine, heater and upholstery, and the repairs could be extensive. It is also advised to cover the car, with a water-resistant fabric required if you need to store the vehicle outdoors.

Start the Car Occasionally

This might not be possible for long-term storage, but if you can start the car on a monthly basis it can help the engine. Try to take the car for a short drive around the block before returning it to its proper storage conditions.