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The Ultimate Guide to Parking Your Car in a Storage Unit

Lockaway Storage | June 12, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Whether you’re going on an extended trip, downsizing your garage, or simply need a safe place to keep your vehicle, a storage unit can be an excellent solution. However, storing a car isn’t as simple as parking it and locking the door. To ensure your vehicle stays in top condition, take a look at some of our car storage tips!

1. Choose the Right Storage Unit

Size Matters

First and foremost, you need a storage unit that fits your car comfortably. Measure your vehicle’s height, width, and length, and then allow extra space to make sure you aren’t scraping the sides of your unit when you pull in. Here’s a primer:

  • 10x15 storage units fit motorcycles and compact cars.
  • 10x20 storage units are good for most kinds of car storage, and can fit standard sedans, trucks, and SUVs.
  • 10x30 storage units fit a car as well as larger trucks and SUVs.

Climate Control

Consider a climate-controlled storage unit if you plan to park your car in a storage unit for an extended period – especially in regions with extreme temperatures. Climate control helps prevent damage to your car’s paint, tires, and interior – which can easily be harmed by extreme heat or humidity.

2. Prepare Your Car for Storage

Clean Inside and Out

Thoroughly wash and wax your car to protect the paint. Clean the interior, removing all trash and vacuuming the carpets. This helps prevent pests and mold from taking over your vehicle’s interior over time.

Change the Oil and Fluids

Old oil can corrode engine parts, so change the oil before storage. Before you park your car in a storage unit, top off other fluids like coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.

Fill Up the Tank

Fill the gas tank to prevent moisture from accumulating inside the tank. Adding a fuel stabilizer can also help keep the gas fresh.

Inflate the Tires

Ensure your tires are inflated to the recommended pressure to avoid flat spots. If you’re parking your car in a storage unit for a very long period, consider using tire jacks to take the weight off the tires.

3. Protect Your Car

Disconnect the Battery

To prevent the battery from draining, disconnect it. Alternatively, you can use a battery maintainer or trickle charger to keep it charged.

Use a Car Cover

Even in a storage unit, a car cover adds an extra layer of protection against dust and potential dings. Make sure your cover is made from soft, breathable fabric so your car won’t get scratched and so you can prevent moisture buildup.

4. Maintain Your Car in Storage

Start It Up

If possible, start your car every few weeks to keep the engine in good condition. Drive it a short distance if you can to keep all the moving parts working.

Check for Pests

Regularly check for signs of pests and rodents. Consider using mothballs or cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil inside and around the car to keep them away.

5. Insurance and Security

Update Your Insurance

Contact your insurance provider to discuss your coverage while your car is parked in a storage unit. Make sure you have comprehensive coverage in case of theft or damage.

Secure the Storage Unit

Choose a storage facility with good security features such as surveillance cameras, gated access, and on-site management. Use a sturdy lock on your unit.


Parking a car in a storage unit is a great way to protect your investment and ensure it remains in excellent condition while not in use. By choosing the right storage unit, preparing your car properly, and taking steps to maintain it during storage, you can rest easy knowing your vehicle is safe and sound.

Ready to store your car? Contact Lockaway Storage today to find the perfect storage solution for your needs! We offer units in sizes of up to 10x30, and many of our facilities also have parking spaces for vehicle storage.

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