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How do I prepare my vehicle for storage in a short-term storage unit?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare my vehicle for storage in a short-term storage unit?

Preparing your vehicle for short-term storage in a storage unit is essential to ensure it remains in good condition and is ready for use when you retrieve it. Start by thoroughly cleaning both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Remove any food, trash, or personal items from inside, as they can attract pests. Consider using a car cover to protect the exterior from dust and debris. Next, change the oil and filter to prevent contaminants from sitting in the engine. It’s also a good idea to fill up the gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent the fuel from deteriorating. Check the tire pressure and inflate them to the recommended levels, as under-inflated tires can develop flat spots over time. To prevent the battery from draining, you can either disconnect it or use a battery maintainer. If your storage unit has electricity, a battery maintainer is an excellent choice as it will keep the battery charged without overcharging it. Lastly, consider placing moisture-absorbing products like desiccant bags or moisture-absorbing buckets inside the vehicle to prevent mould or mildew growth. Ensure the handbrake is disengaged, and the vehicle is in gear (for manual transmissions) or “Park” (for automatics).

  1. Top Off Fluids: Ensure that all vehicle fluids are at appropriate levels. This includes not only the oil but also the coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Topping them off prevents moisture and contaminants from accumulating in the system.
  2. Protect the Tires: In addition to inflating the tires to the recommended pressure, consider using tire cradles or placing a piece of plywood under each tire. This helps distribute the vehicle’s weight evenly and prevents flat spots.
  3. Block Exhaust and Intake: To prevent rodents from entering your vehicle’s exhaust or intake system, you can use steel wool or mesh screens. Ensure you remove these before starting the vehicle after storage.
  4. Consider Climate Control: If your short-term storage unit is not climate-controlled, you might want to invest in a car storage bubble or portable garage to provide protection from extreme temperatures and humidity.
  5. Keep the Vehicle Covered: Even if you’re storing the vehicle indoors, consider using a breathable car cover. This will protect the vehicle’s finish from dust and potential scratches.
  6. Secure the Vehicle: Ensure the vehicle is securely parked in the storage unit, especially if it’s a manual transmission. Use wheel chocks to prevent unintended movement.
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Our rental containers can accommodate document or file storage, providing a secure and accessible space for keeping vital records. However, it’s essential to ensure proper organization and protection for sensitive documents. Use sealed containers or file boxes to store documents and consider climate-controlled alternatives if necessary.

Our rental containers are suitable for residential moves, offering a convenient solution for storing household items during relocation. Whether you need temporary storage while transitioning between homes or require a secure space to store belongings during the moving process, our containers provide a flexible and accessible option for residential moves.

Our rental containers are constructed from durable materials designed to maintain structural integrity. Regular inspections and maintenance checks are conducted to ensure that containers are in optimal condition. We prioritize the quality and safety of our containers to provide a secure storage environment for your belongings.

Yellowhead Storage accommodates customers requiring multiple containers at various times or locations. Whether you need simultaneous rentals at different sites or staggered rentals, our team can assist in coordinating multiple container rentals to suit your needs. Contact us to discuss your requirements, and we’ll facilitate the rental process accordingly.

While there might not be strict guidelines, it’s advisable to stack items strategically and evenly to maximize space and prevent shifting or collapse. Place heavier or sturdier items at the bottom and fragile or lighter items on top. Utilize sturdy storage boxes or containers for stacking to ensure stability. Our team can provide tips and recommendations for safe stacking practices.

Yes, our rental containers are suitable for business inventory storage. Whether you need to store excess inventory, equipment, or merchandise, our containers provide a secure and accessible solution. Discuss your specific business storage requirements with our team, and we can assist in finding the right container size and terms for your inventory storage needs.

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