Vehicle Storage near Boston
If you or someone you know is considering vehicle storage, there are a few important items to think about. Lots of folks want to protect their shiny new sports car or carefully restored classic car from the salt, sand, and road debris that comes with winter driving.
Some people come and go from storage facilities daily, like the lady with the little red roadster or the contractor who picks up his work van. Sometimes even companies with a large, single-purpose lift truck keep it in storage until they need it on a job site.
Whether you relate to any of the cases above or simply need to get your vehicle out of the garage, one of the most important decisions an owner must make is choosing the right storage facility.
The following are some tips to consider when choosing a storage facility for your vehicle:
- Duration. Vehicle storage can be short- or long-term. Make sure the storage facility’s rental requirements fit your needs. Oftentimes, the best agreement is a month-to-month contract, which provides flexibility to stay as long as your needs dictate. EZ Storage leases are a month-to-month contract.
- Size. Full-size cars will fit in a 10’x20′ storage unit, while a two-seater sports car can often fit into a 10’x15′ unit. Needless to say, the storage unit has to be the outside, drive-up style. Don’t think all 10’x20′ size units are the same. A unit down the hall and up the elevator will not store your car regardless of the size!
- Inside vs. Outside Storage. Some facilities offer indoor and outdoor storage space. Make sure in either case, your vehicle is safe. Indoor storage is much more secure as you are the only person holding a key to the lock that is securely locking your property away from everybody’s view. Open-air, fenced-in storage is offered by some companies, but make sure you are comfortable with your vehicle parked on an open lot next to broken down junkers, obsolete construction equipment, and yellow school buses converted into campers.
- Accessibility. Be sure the driveways are wide enough to allow easy entry to your storage unit. Be certain the entry threshold is low enough to miss hitting your muffler and tailpipe when you back in. Plus, if you are storing a van or SUV, confirm that the door opening is high enough to accommodate your vehicle. Extra-wide driveways at EZ Storage allow convenient circulation and access for vehicles for all sizes.
- Security. Make sure the storage facility has a reliable access control system with gates and door alarm systems. EZ Storage has computer-controlled access and individual door alarms. * Features vary by location.
- Prepping the car for storage. It is best if the gas tank is either filled to the top or drained completely to minimize gas fumes. You may want to disconnect the battery for long-term storage. If oil dripping from the engine is a concern, place some cardboard under the engine to protect the floor to avoid cleanup problems when you leave. Don’t leave food in the car because food can attract rodents. In fact, placing some bait boxes or traps on the floor may be a good precaution. An additional preventative measure is a cover over the surface of your vehicle to reduce exposure to dust.
- Insurance. Self-storage facilities do not insure customers’ contents. If the vehicle already has insurance, speak to your agent to be sure the coverage extends to storage.
Self Storage can be a good choice for people who need the extra space. Follow these tips and you will make the most of your car storage experience. Give one of our professional resident managers a call for any further questions.
EZ Storage serves Massachusetts with three self storage locations in the greater Boston metro area – Framingham. Natick. and Newton .
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