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6 steps to prep your sports car for long-term storage

Written on: October 28th, 2021

We have had some beautiful summer and fall weather here in Calgary this year – a sports car enthusiast’s dream when cruising down the open road. If you own a sports car that you enjoy through the warmer months, you’re likely now beginning to prep and plan for long-term storage.

Storing a premium vehicle in Calgary involves more than putting a cover over the top. There are certain factors that can lead to rust, corrosion, and other issues. To help you preserve your prized possession, be sure to follow these steps when storing your car for an extended period.

1. Find the right place

A garage is a perfectly good place to store a sports car, however, many owners want to free up space to park their winter vehicle and to store winter gear. If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to some of the pricier luxury vehicle storage units in Calgary, a safe and secure storage facility gets the job done. You also have peace of mind that your sports car is tucked away in a facility that has surveillance cameras, security patrols, and is fully fenced.

Be sure that where you’re storing your vehicle is on a level concrete or asphalt surface. Avoid putting away your sports car on gravel or bare earth, as the extra moisture can corrode the body of the vehicle.

2. Top up all fluids

It might seem counterintuitive – after all, why does a vehicle need fluids if you won’t be using it for months? However, empty space inside the fluid tanks over an extended period of time can form condensation, which can lead to corrosion.

Before you store your vehicle, make sure you fill up on:

  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Fuel

3. Get an oil change

If you’re storing your vehicle for longer than 30 days, it’s imperative that you get an oil change, even if you’re not due for one. Any used engine oil has contaminants that can damage the engine as it sits in storage, which can become a costly problem if the engine breaks down prematurely. A fresh engine oil change will help prevent this issue.

4. Wash and clean your vehicle

Do a thorough clean of your vehicle inside and out, making sure that the vehicle is completely dry before storing. Any sitting dirt or debris can eat away at the body. Leftover food particles, moisture, or other items left in the vehicle can rot and produce a musty smell – definitely not a pleasant welcome when you retrieve your car in the spring.

5. Take it for one last spin before inflating the tires

Enjoy the last bit of the fall weather and take your sports car out for one more ride! This will get the fresh fluids circulating before it sits over the winter.

After your last hurrah, head to a gas station close to your storage facility to inflate the tires. Tires can deflate in colder temperatures, resulting in flat spots. Be sure to check the owners manual for the pressure rating recommendation.

6. Close the vents

Once you’ve parked the vehicle in the storage unit, be sure to close all of the vents. Although storage facilities in Calgary are clean and rodent-free, closing the vents will prevent any rodents from entering the vehicle’s interior.

When you choose a secure, clean, and top-rated storage facility in Calgary for your sports car or luxury vehicle, you can rest assured that it’s properly stored. Only you can access the unit with an authorized card, and the vehicle is safe and sound from the harsh elements of winter.

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