Long-term car storage helps protect and preserve a vehicle you're not using regularly.
Learn more about how to pick a facility and prep your vehicle for storage:
How to Choose a Facility
You want to be sure you're leaving your vehicle in a safe place.
- Read online reviews and ask friends or family members for references or recommendations.
- Consider the level of protection you want: Indoor car storage facilities offer the most. While outdoor options may be less expensive, they offer less protection from the elements.
- Look at prices and special services offered, such as a gated premises, video surveillance and personnel to give your vehicle a regular 'workout.'
How to Prep Your Vehicle
These tasks can help better protect the interior and exterior of your vehicle.
- Add fuel stabilizer to a full tank and drive for 30 to 40 miles.
- Change the oil and fill up the brake fluid, windshield fluid and coolant.
- Pull the spark plugs and spray oil onto the cylinders to prevent rusting.
- Clean your vehicle, wax the exterior and condition the upholstery to prevent cracking.
- Wipe down the battery and disconnect the negative cable. Or purchase a battery tender.
- Release the parking brake to prevent it from fusing with the rotors " use a chock, or tire stopper, instead.
- Add 10 pounds of pressure to the tires to avoid deflation. Or remove them altogether and put your vehicle on blocks.
- Cover any openings, such as the tail pipe, dash vents or engine gaps, to prevent critters from taking up residence.
- Cover the vehicle with a high-quality weatherproof cover if storing outdoors or a light cloth cover if storing indoors.
- Talk with your agent to ensure you have appropriate insurance coverage.
The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.