There are many reasons why you might want to put a classic car into storage. For example, space at home could be limited or the seasons may be changing. Or perhaps you’re going to be away for an extended period and need somewhere safe to keep your vehicle. Whatever your motivation for seeking out a classic car storage environment, it’s important to ensure that the facility you choose is right for your vehicle, as well as your peace of mind.
After all, our classic cars are valuable to us—both in terms of monetary cost, as well as more sentimental reasons—so it makes sense that we want to make sure our vehicles are well looked after.
But how do you choose the right storage environment for a classic car? Well, let’s look at some of the things you should think about when choosing a storage facility:
Location, location, location
Any estate agent will tell you that three key points of finding the perfect home are location, location and location. This is equally true for classic car storage.
When seeking the optimal place to store your automobile, be sure to look for somewhere that’s both discreet and easy to get to.
If a car storage facility isn’t discreet, you might as well send an invitation to thieves asking them to come and haul away your precious vehicle. Signage that draws attention to the storage location is a big no-no, and so is an accurate map location on Google.
Of course, you also don’t want a car storage facility that’s hard to access. Privacy is a must, but if you have to travel to the other end of the country and then drive down a muddy, pot-holed road for 20 minutes to collect your vehicle, that’s not good either.
The best car storage facilities, we believe, are the ones that are located not too far off a main road, within easy reach of a main town or city. Generally, they’re found somewhere in the countryside and simply look like a standard agricultural storage shed from the outside. If the building is obscured from view by a row of trees or a conveniently placed hillside, that’s even better.
The car storage environment
When storing a vehicle for any length of time, you’ll want an indoor environment that’s dry, clean and free from pests like rodents, birds and insects.
If you’re especially concerned about the wellbeing of your vehicle, you may also want to look for a facility that offers air chamber storage, dehumidification or climate control. Air chambers are individual pods that provide the ultimate in environmental control and protection for your vehicle, avoiding any chance of moisture or condensation.
When we were setting up the Auto Classica Storage environment, we worked with an Aviva security assessor, who told us what they recommend for a car storage facility:
- Secure entrance doors
- Entrance shutters that are (if electric) isolated using a key switch or (if manual) fitted with key-operated shutter pins
- Intruder alarm
- CCTV system that covers both the inside and outside of the building
- Outside nighttime lighting
- Hard disk recorder
- Vehicle keys kept offsite in a locked safe
Paperwork may not be the most glamorous of topics, but when it comes to keeping track of a valuable automobile, its location and its condition, there’s no doubt that getting the details right is essential.
Here at Auto Classica Storage, every car that’s entrusted to us is issued a unique storage ID. The car keys are tagged with that number and stored in a secure offsite location. We also create a private online folder for each vehicle. All documentation, as well as images and video files, are stored here, and we share access to that folder with you.
When you collect the car, we’ll run through the handover process and then de-issue the unique ID code.
Besides the actual storage of the vehicle, many classic car storage facilities also offer other services, which can make the process of storing a cherished vehicle more convenient, while also ensuring your car is returned to you in great condition. Depending on your requirements, you might want to look for things like:
- Transport services – Vehicle transport is an option if a car cannot be driven for some reason, if the facility is too far away or if you just don’t have time to drive there yourself.
- Valeting and Detailing service – A thorough clean, both inside and out, is an essential part of preparing a classic car for storage. And with detailing, the level to which you wish to go is almost endless.
- Regular condition checks – We recommend that cars in storage be looked over at least every 60 days. During this check, things like the battery conditioner and the tyres should be examined. It’s also a good idea to frequently run the car up to temperature to get the fluids moving around the mechancial and moving parts of the car.
What do you look for in a car storage environment? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below. And if you’re looking for classic car storage in the Milton Keynes area, please get in touch.