Classic car storage tips from Redlands, California facility

Remember how you felt when you got that classic car? Maybe it was handed down from your father or grandfather or perhaps you saved every penny and worked odd jobs until you could afford the car you had your eye on. Or maybe you rescued it from a junkyard and put countless hours, blood, sweat, and tears into restoring it to a thing of beauty. Regardless of how your relationship with your car began, it's clear that it's your pride and joy.

When you love something that much, you want to make sure that it is safe and protected. While you may want to keep it within arm's reach, often off-site storage is best for the protection of the car. A car that is kept outside will become dirty, the paint could be chipped or faded from the bright California sun, or random experiences like a falling tree palm or limb, a rodent, or a stay baseball could cause great damage.

Once you find a storage facility that's convenient, has strong security, provides climate controlled environment, and has easy accessibility, you'll want to make sure your car is ready to be stored. Vines Storage of Redlands offers all of these amenities and has a team of professionals that can provide tips about the best way to store your car, RV, boat, or personal belongings. Here are a few tips:
  • Fill the tank, and use new gas. If the car has been sitting for a while, the gas in the tank can becoming gummy or can varnish the fuel lines and parts of the engine. Alternatively, an empty gas tank can cause rust and corrosion. It's best to fill the tank to nearly full and then top it with a quality fuel stabilizer. This will keep your gas fresh for up to a year.
  • Change the oil and fluids.
  • Lubricate hood latches door locks using a dry lubricant
  • Protect the battery. When it's not being used, the battery can lose its charge. The next time you're ready to jump in and drive off, you may find yourself with a dead battery. To avoid this, remove the battery or disconnect the cables. Additionally, you can attach a battery tender, which is a small charger that will turn the battery off and on regularly to prevent it from losing its charge.
For more information about the best way to store your classic car or all of our great amenities, call our office today.
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