Whether you’re a classic car enthusiast, a boat buff, or a camper connoisseur, you’ve probably realized just how much space your toys take up. While these vehicles can provide you and your family endless amounts of fun in the sun during the warmer months, they can become a burden when it’s time to store them during the off-season.
With limited parking spaces and a garage that can’t hold everything, you’ll likely have to find extra storage space near you before your driveway becomes an overcrowded mess. At Storage Express in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio, our storage units—measuring up to 40’ x 8’ x 8’—can double as covered parking spaces, making it simple to save space while storing your ride close to home.
If you’re tired of your vehicle taking up valuable space in your driveway, garage, or even your yard, call a Storage Express facility near you today to reserve your unit!
Vehicles You Can Store at Storage Express
At Storage Express, our storage units can easily accommodate small- to medium-sized vehicles that fit within the size limitations of 40’ x 8’ x 8’.
Motor vehicles you could store with us include:
- Jet Skis
- Small Boats
Note: All motor vehicles stored at Storage Express must fit the size restrictions of our largest unit, which is 40’ x 8’ x 8’. Any vehicle stored must allow room for the door to shut properly and safely.
At some Storage Express facilities, our units only go up to 20 feet in length, so make sure to give your local facility a call to learn about our size restrictions.
The Benefits of Motor Vehicle Storage
Utilizing self storage for your ride isn’t just about saving space at home. If you’re concerned about harsh winter weather conditions or lack of security, our units at Storage Express can effectively keep your motor vehicle in tip-top shape every day of the week.
Protecting Your Investment
From vintage cars to decked-out fishing boats, your toys weren’t cheap. Whether you’ve put in the time restoring an old car or recently scored the bass boat of your dreams, leaving your machines out in the cold—even if they have a custom cover—can cause significant damage to your pride and joy, including:
- Dead batteries
- Leaks in high and low-pressure systems
- Tire pressure fluctuations
- Damaged interior
At Storage Express, we offer heated and cooled units to further protect your machines from the wear and tear of winter, meaning they can stay protected no matter the season.
When you store your ride at Storage Express, you can rest assured that it will be guarded 24/7. With advanced security monitoring systems surrounding each one of our facilities, there will be a watchful eye overlooking your unit at all times.
Adhering to Your HOA
If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), you’ve likely dealt with a whole lot of rules you have to adhere to, especially when it comes to parked cars or recreational vehicles. To prevent any fines or your motor vehicle from being towed, you can store it in a self storage facility near you.
How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Self Storage
After you’ve secured a self storage unit at a Storage Express facility near you, there are a few things you need to consider before storing your motor vehicle during the off-season.
Refresh Your Oil
To protect your engine while your vehicle sits unused, it’s important to change the oil and oil filter if you plan on storing for more than 30 days. Dirty oil contains contaminants that could damage the engine, so a fresh oil change and filter will prevent unnecessary harm.
Top Off Your Gas Tank
Although your vehicle won’t be used, it’s important to top off your gas tank to prevent moisture accumulation within the tank. With little gas in the tank, cold air can condense and leave water in its place—and water does not mix well with gasoline.
If you’re planning to store your vehicle for a year, you should consider adding a fuel stabilizer to the tank, preventing ethanol buildup and protecting your engine from varnish, gum, and rust.
When storing a vehicle longer than a year, you should empty the gas tank completely, flush and refill the cooling system, and store the frame on concrete blocks to keep the weight off the wheels and tires.
Clean Your Vehicle Top to Bottom
While this step may seem simple, cleaning your vehicle before storage can protect your ride from damage. From water stains to bird droppings, any residue left on the car can damage your paint if it sits too long.
Additionally, it’s important to ensure your wheels and tires are free from mud, tar, or grease. If you’re really looking to add protection, you can give your vehicle a coat of wax to prevent fading, discoloration, and oxidation.
To store your ride at Storage Express, your motor vehicle needs to be fully licensed, insured, and operable. As our mandatory tenant insurance does not cover vehicles, it’s imperative that your insurance is up-to-date and valid while it’s being stored at our facilities.
Keep Your Ride Protected with Storage Express
Cars, boats, campers, and other motorized toys are expensive, so don’t treat them like they’re cheap! When it comes to protecting your investments, heated and cooled storage units at Storage Express will ensure your ride stays safeguarded from the elements during the off-season, all while saving you valuable space at home.
If your motor vehicle is ready to be stored, find a Storage Express facility near you today. We look forward to helping you protect your pride and joy!