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November 16, 2022

Tips for Successful Winter Vehicle Storage

There are precautions to take before storing your vehicle for an extended period of time. Maybe your small car is not equipped for Virginia winter weather, or perhaps your recreational vehicle is sitting idle during its off-season. Ocean Storage and Bay Storage have multiple self storage locations in the Coastal Virginia area for you to find secure winter vehicle storage. Our amenities vary by facility, but you can find all our available storage units online, or you can visit the location closest to you. View our tips below to start preparing your vehicle.

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Winter Vehicle Storage Tips

Cleaning Is Necessary

For starters, you will return to a nice, clean car if you drop it off that way. Take the time to really clean out your interior, vacuuming up crumbs and throwing out any trash. During the winter, animals are looking for food, so make sure your vehicle is rid of crumbs and food smells. To protect the outside, wash and scrub well. Then finish with wax to prevent scrapes and scratches in storage.

Fill Your Gas Tank Before Storage

A full gas tank protects your vehicle from poor acceleration later. When there is extra room in the tank, moisture can form and mess up your fuel’s functionality. For more than 3 months of storage, you should also add stabilizer to your gas tank and change your oil for best results.

Secure Storage Close to Your Location

Whether you decide to store near your home or near your work, you want your storage space to be a convenient stop. Search for a storage facility along your regular commute, and start there. Renting storage for your vehicle in close proximity allows you to access your vehicle whenever you need it—whether planned or last minute.

Find Winter Vehicle Storage in Coastal Virginia

Ocean Storage has six self storage facilities in Virginia, and Bay Storage has one in Cape Charles VA. Across our locations, we offer a variety of storage options, from temperature-controlled storage to drive-up entry. Your safety is our number one priority, and we have cameras recording our premises 24/7. You can call your closest office to speak with a professional about any questions or storage help. If you want to start renting contact-free, you can do so online!

You can browse all our available storage units and parking spaces on our website. Click through and compare different features and sizes. You can use our storage calculator to determine the right amount of storage space to hold all your items. Ocean Storage and Bay Storage are here to help you through any storage project. Get started with us today!

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Katie Mest

About the Author: Katie Mest is an SEO Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her newly adopted Greyhound rescue, Titan.