Tips for Preparing Your Vehicle for Long-Term Storage

At Gateway North Storage in Firestone, Colorado, we understand the importance of properly preparing your vehicle for long-term storage. Our expert team is here to provide you with essential tips to ensure your vehicle remains in excellent condition while under our care. By following these tips, you can have peace of mind knowing that your prized possession will be ready to hit the road when you retrieve it from our secure storage facility. Learn more below, and contact us to reserve your vehicle storage unit!

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Clean and Protect

Before storing your vehicle, give it a thorough cleaning inside and out. Remove any debris, vacuum the interior, and wash the exterior to prevent dirt and grime from causing damage. A clean vehicle reduces the chances of stains, mold, or deterioration during storage. Apply a protective wax coating to safeguard the paint from potential corrosion or fading.

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Fluid Check

Inspect and top off all essential fluids such as engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and washer fluid. Ensure they are at the recommended levels to prevent deterioration and maintain the overall health of your vehicle. Well-maintained fluid levels will also ensure your vehicle is ready to roll once you retrieve it from storage.

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Fuel Maintenance

Fill up the gas tank to minimize moisture accumulation, which can lead to fuel system issues. Adding a fuel stabilizer will help keep the gasoline fresh and protect the engine from harmful deposits during storage. A stable fuel system ensures your vehicle starts easily and without issue when you're ready to use it again.

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Tire Care

Properly inflate the tires to the recommended pressure to prevent flat spots from developing during storage. Flat spots can compromise the performance and lifespan of your tires. If storing for an extended period, consider using jack stands to relieve pressure on the tires and preserve their shape.

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Battery Care

To avoid a dead battery, either disconnect it or use a battery maintainer during storage. Disconnecting the battery prevents any unnecessary drain, while a maintainer will keep the battery charged and ready to go when you return. This simple step will save you the hassle of jump-starting or replacing the battery later on.

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Cover It Up

A breathable, quality car cover is a vital safeguard when preparing your vehicle for long-term storage. It shields your car from dust, debris, and potential scratches, maintaining its pristine condition. Correctly fitting the cover is essential to prevent moisture from accumulating underneath, as trapped moisture can lead to issues like mold and mildew.

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At Gateway North Storage, we prioritize the satisfaction and protection of our customers' vehicles. By following these six essential tips, you can trust that your vehicle will be in safe hands during its time in storage. When you're ready to retrieve your vehicle, you can rest assured that it will be in the same great condition as when you left it with us. Contact Gateway North Storage today to learn more about our vehicle storage options. Your vehicle deserves the best care, and we're here to provide it!

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