Auto Storage: a Guide for Self-Storage

White Dodge Charger car pulling out of a storage unit

Our 10 ft. by 20 ft. and 10 ft. by 30 ft. units with 9 ft. wide doors are perfect for temporary or long-term storage of your vehicle. As you prepare to bring your vehicle in for storage, follow our helpful guide for proper storage to extend the life of your vehicle, keeping it looking like new and running in top condition.

Please note that these are our recommendations. Do your own research, and consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.

Check with your insurance carrier

Whether you're storing your car for the winter or long-term, it's important to check with your insurance carrier first. Many insurance companies offer specific coverage for cars in storage, which is often less expensive than on-road coverage.

Some carriers even offer comprehensive only coverages that can save you even more money. In addition, be sure to ask about any discounts that may be available.

Some insurers offer discounts for storing your car in a secure location, such as a garage or storage unit. Others may give you a break on your premium if you agree to limit the amount of time your car is in storage.

By doing your research, you can be sure you're getting the best possible coverage for your needs.

Clean your car

We always recommend that you clean your car, inside and out, thoroughly before storage. Wash the exterior and use your favorite wax over the entire exterior of the car to get rid of all imperfections and offer a protective layer on your paint. This will protect the paint from the possibility of corrosion.

After that, remove all trash and debris from the inside of the car. Vacuum it thoroughly to remove all pet hair, food crumbs, and dirt. If you have leather seats, condition them with a quality leather conditioner to prevent cracking and fading.

Once you've done all that, give your car one final wipe down with a microfiber cloth to pick up any residual dirt or dust. Now you're one step closer to storing your car!

Remove all personal belongings from the car

Make sure to remove all personal belongings from your car before storage. This includes items such as clothes, garbage, food,  and any loose items. If you have a trunk, be sure to clean it out as well. The less there is in your car, the less chance there is for mold or mildew to grow.

Not only will this prevent items from getting damaged during storage, but it will also help to keep the car clean and organized. 

Change the oil and filter

Before storing your car for an extended period of time, it is important to change the oil and filter. Used oil contains acids, moisture, and other byproducts of combustion, which can cause corrosion in the engine if left unchanged.

To prevent this, we recommend that you change your oil and filter a few days prior to auto storage. Once the oil has been changed, drive the car for several miles to allow the new oil to circulate through the entire engine. By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your car remains in good condition while it is in storage.

Rotate the tires

If your car will be in storage for more than a month, we recommend that you rotate the tires. This will help to prevent flat spots from developing on the tires.

To rotate the tires, simply jack up the car and remove the wheels. Then, switch the position of the front and rear tires. For example, if the front tires are on the left side of the car, move them to the right side.

Once the tires have been rotated, lower the car back down and tighten the lug nuts. Be sure to check the pressure in all four tires before driving the car again.

Fill the gas tank

As any car owner knows, regular maintenance is essential to keeping your vehicle in good condition. This is especially true if you plan to store your car for an extended period of time.

One important step in the vehicle storage process is to fill your gas tank. This will help to prevent moisture and air from entering your tank and damaging your engine. In addition, it will help to keep your car's fuel system in good working order.

Moreover, be sure to use a fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel from breaking down and forming varnish when it evaporates. This can clog your fuel injectors and carburettor and is harmful to your engine.

By taking these simple steps, you can help ensure that your car will be ready to hit the road when you are.

Cover your car with a tarp

There are many aftermarket car tarps available that will help prevent the build-up of dust on your vehicle. A waterproof tarp is also a good idea if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or snow.

For the best protection, we recommend that you use a tarp that is specifically designed for car storage. These tarps are made from durable materials and will help to keep your car clean and dry while it is in storage.

Be sure to roll up your windows before applying the tarp to prevent any bugs or dust from getting inside. These tarps typically hug the vehicle tightly, so that there is no risk of them blowing off in high winds.

Depending on the climate you live in, you may need to re-apply the tarp every few months to prevent any permanent damage to your car's paint job.

Following these simple steps will help keep your car clean and free of dust.

Care for your battery

What to do with your car battery when you store your car for the winter is a matter of some controversy among car specialists. However, consulting your owner's manual is always the best course of action.

You may find that the manufacturer has a specific suggestion about what to do with the battery. If not, there are three main schools of thought on the matter.

Some specialists suggest removing the battery and placing it on a wooden block so the battery won’t be drained. Others will suggest leaving the battery in the car (but disconnecting the negative (-) terminal of the battery).

Finally, other car specialists insist that the battery should be left intact in the car to prevent voltage spikes (which can damage various components).

Ultimately, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of each approach and decide what is best for your situation.

Use a battery maintainer

One of the most important things you can do to prepare your car for storage is to use a battery maintainer. This device plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and provides a steady stream of electricity to the battery, keeping it charged and preventing it from draining. This is especially important if you plan to store your car for an extended period of time.

By using a battery maintainer, you can help ensure that your car's battery will be in good working order when you are ready to hit the road again.

Put up your convertible top

Convertibles are a fun and stylish way to enjoy warmer weather, but they require a bit more care than traditional cars. One important tip for convertible owners is to store the car with the top-up. Doing this helps to prevent the formation of large creases in the fabric.

If you do need to store the car with the top down, be sure to treat the fabric with silicone or other lubricants. This will help to keep the fabric supple and prevent creasing. With a little bit of care, you can enjoy your convertible for many years to come.

Choose the right storage facility

Not all storage facilities are created equal. When you're looking for a place to store your car, it's important to choose a facility that offers features like 24-hour security and easy access.

The last thing you want is to worry about your car while it's in storage. By choosing the right storage facility, you can rest assured knowing your car is in good hands.

At South Rock Storage,  we offer a variety of features to help keep your car safe and secure. Our facility is equipped with security cameras and gated access, so you can rest assured knowing your car is in good hands. We have been in the business since 2006, and we offer a variety of storage options to choose from. 

Please note that the above tips are just recommendations. Before undertaking any car maintenance, it's important to consult your owner's manual. Different models have different requirements, and what works for one car may not be appropriate for another. 

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FAQ

You have questions, we have answers.

When can I move in? 

If there is a storage space available that meets your specific storage needs you can move in anytime.

How much notice needs to be given before I move out? 

All contracts are month-to-month. However, we do require a 10 day notice before you move out.

What type of documentation do I need to provide in order to rent a space? 

We require a government issued photo ID (example: driver’s license, state ID, or passport)

How do I make a payment? 

VISA, MasterCard and Discover (credit / debit) are the preferred method of payment. We also accept checks or money orders.

Are there any items that I am not able to store? 

Liquids, explosives, flammable liquids, toxic materials and perishables. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding a specific item.

Does there have to be someone to let me through the security gates? 

No. At the time of signing you will be given your own security pass code that will allow you convenient access to your unit.

What forms of payment do you accept? 

For your convenience, we suggest signing up for automatic payments – using your valid credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or Discover) or debit card. There is no additional charge for this convenience and it avoids late fees. We also have a drop box for after hour payments.

Do I need to sign a long-term lease? 

No, we rent on a month-to-month basis unless the customer requests otherwise.

Do I need to bring my own lock? 

No. As part of the Move In process, a INSET lock is included with the small admin fee. This type of lock is nearly impossible to breach – and only you will have a key for it. In addition, you may double lock the door, if you prefer.

What are the office hours? 

Tuesday - Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 4PM
Monday, Sunday: CLOSED

We're conveniently located in Wichita, KS

8282 East Oak Knoll St.,
Wichita, KS 67207

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Tuesday: 9AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 9AM - 5PM
Thursday: 9AM - 5PM
Friday: 9AM - 5PM
Saturday: 9AM - 3PM
Sunday: CLOSED
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