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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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3 Practical Tips for Winter Vehicle Storage

Cleaning Is Necessary

Thoroughly cleaning your vehicle before storage is not just about aesthetics; it’s a crucial step in preserving its condition. When you clean the interior, pay attention to the nooks and crannies where dirt and debris tend to accumulate. Use appropriate cleaners for different surfaces, such as leather or fabric, to ensure they are not only clean but also conditioned. This prevents the materials from drying out or cracking over time. For the exterior, a thorough wash and wax not only keep the car looking good but also provide a protective layer against potential rust and corrosion. It’s especially important to remove any road salts that can cause significant damage if left on the car over the winter. Remember, the effort you put into cleaning your car before storage pays off when you retrieve a vehicle that’s in top condition.

Fill Your Gas Tank Before Storage

Filling up your gas tank is an often-overlooked but vital step in preparing your vehicle for storage. A full tank minimizes the air space above the fuel, which reduces the risk of condensation. This is crucial in preventing rust inside the tank and maintaining the quality of the fuel. Adding a fuel stabilizer is a wise move, especially for prolonged storage periods. It keeps the fuel fresh and prevents the formation of gum and varnish, which can clog fuel lines and injectors. Changing the oil is another key step, as used oil contains contaminants that can be harmful to the engine. By taking these precautions, you ensure that your vehicle remains in good running condition and is ready to hit the road when you are.

Secure Storage Close to Your Location

Choosing a storage location that is convenient for you is essential. The ideal facility should be secure, offering features like gated access, surveillance cameras, and adequate lighting. This ensures that your vehicle is not only accessible but also protected from theft and vandalism. Proximity to your home or workplace means you can quickly check on your vehicle or retrieve it without hassle. Consider facilities that offer flexible access hours to accommodate your schedule. Remember, the right storage facility isn’t just about storing your vehicle; it’s about giving you peace of mind and making your life easier.

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 a Content Marketing 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 spending time exploring the outdoors and snuggling in with a crochet project and her cat, Billie.