23 Feb How to Properly Store Your Classic Car
Getting a classic car is only on half of the equation which balances once you have the proper parking and storage space for it. All collectors require more classic car storage options sometimes for more extended periods. So what to do when you absolutely need to store your classic, but you also need your garage for your SUV? The answer to one of the biggest puzzles for car collectors can be found at any modern auto shop – the car lift. Learn how this works and what options are available for you later on but first, how to prepare your classic before lift-off?
Take these steps to ensure that you are keeping your classic in the best shape before lifting it for storage.
Full tank, please
Moisture builds up in the tank and causes corrosion because the tank is empty in the first place. When prepping your car for storage on a home car lift, the fuller, the better and the extra weight is totally worth it. As you might already be aware, fuel can harden with long periods of storage and so a fuel stabilizer will prevent this from happening to your classic.
An oil change will do
Changing your oil before storage is a good practice that will also help to avoid corrosion. Used oil can promote rusting. Longtime storage requires that you remove the spark plugs and properly lubricate cylinders.
Wash the car!
Storing a dirty car is a taboo for collectors of classics. Washing the vehicle removes debris and reduces the risk of unwanted visitors (pests) entering the vehicle. If you like you can place an air freshener in the car to mask any odors that might tend to stick.
Inflate the tires
Tire are some of the most sensitive parts of the car that can easily get damaged every time you store for lengthy periods. Tire pressure lessens the extent of the damage especially when the vehicle is to be stored resting on its tires on the floor. Further, a car lift will relieve the weight of the tires which helps preserve the tires. These can be expensive to replace each and every time. Be sure to fill the tires to the recommended tire pressure before lifting your car for storage.
Check battery and fluid levels
Another part to check and which you might need to replace next time is the battery batteries discharge without being used and may sulfate over time. An essential addition to your garage or the storage unit is a battery tender to keep it running for longer. The fluid levels should be within permissible limits if you plan on driving the car come next outing.
Get a car lift to store your classic properly
We understand classic car storage options to keep your collectibles looking better than when you found them for as long as you need. Of course, you can rent a luxury storage unit for your pricey rides but why would you want to do that when your garage can double as your storage unit and your everyday garage? Get a car lift today and preserve your collectibles in the same limited space and in tip-top shape. You get to keep your cars beautiful and with top performance as they appreciate in value.