It’s never easy leaving your pride and joy in the dark for a long period of time. Whether you’re laying up your classic car over the rainy autumn and icy winter, or simply travelling away on business for a while, consigning your motor to months locked away is quite simply no fun at all.
But if you want your vehicle to be in optimum condition when the time at last comes to take it out of storage, where is the best place to keep it? Should you store your classic car at home in the garage, or is paying for a unit with a storage provider a better option? We investigate the pros and cons…
Storing your classic car at home is – of course – free, while stashing it away at a storage space will set you back a bit. However, if your facilities at home are not ideal (perhaps you have a pest problem or issues with condensation), this investment can protect you from needing to make costly repairs come springtime, which could (ironically) become more costly than paying the extra to store it somewhere more suitable.
If you’re leaving your property (and your vehicle) for an extended period, a storage facility is often a far safer option. Good storage providers will have 24/7 CCTV monitoring, free contents insurance, smoke alarms, individual security alarms for each unit, and staff on-site to protect your vehicle. Even for winter storage while you are at home, storage units may be the most secure option, guaranteeing you peace of mind when you are not there.
If you’re already keeping everything but the kitchen sink in your garage, it may prove tricky to fit your classic car into your garage space for an extended period. During busy festive seasons especially – such as winter/Christmas – space can be at a premium. Even if you are able to clear room, navigating around your vehicle without damaging it while carrying out other tasks can prove problematic. Although storing and retrieving your car may take a little longer, a storage space is often a more practical option.
Some experts advise starting your stored car once every fortnight or every month to keep it ticking over. Others claim that this causes condensation to build up inside the car’s systems which then doesn’t burn off, causing damage to its mechanisms. If you’re in the former camp, unless your storage facility is very local, visiting your car to undertake regular maintenance may not be ideal. If you’re in the latter camp, or will be leaving the country for a long period, this is a moot point – it’s your call!
Often drafty and frequently damp, home garages are usually not the ideal location for classic cars locked up over the winter or other extended periods of time. Dry, airy barns or relatively airtight brick garages tend to be the best environments for maintaining your vehicle in mint condition, but these environments are rare in homes. Compared to your average British garage, storage units offer a much dryer environment, with far less risk of damage from condensation.
Where do you stash your classic car to keep it safe over long periods? Do you have any tips to help keep other readers’ vehicles in mind condition? Share them below or – for secure, accessible and insured storage space in South Wales – visit Easystore Self Storage today and find out more about our classic car storage solutions.