Car Storage

Not In The Garage...


There’s not enough room in the garage, and you don’t want your nice vehicle to sit in the yard for months… and you’re right. That’s terrible for your car. It’s time to store your vehicle, but you don’t know where to begin: do I pay to park on an outdoor lot? Could I possibly park it in a storage unit? The answer is yes. In fact, using a storage unit may be the best answer for you. Your Extended Attic offers outdoor and indoor storage for your vehicle at an affordable price. We provide a list of options for whatever your storage needs are. 


In this article, we cover:

• Indoor vehicle storage
• Preparing your vehicle for storage
• Sizes of storage units and your vehicle size
• Preparation for outdoor storage
• Unit security
• Taking your vehicle out of storage

Your Vehicle in a Storage Unit


How big of a storage unit do I need for my car?
While parking your vehicle outside is an option, it’s better for your vehicle if you park inside a storage unit. It’s important to know the size of your vehicle because it will determine which size storage unit you will need. We offer three sizes of storage units that can fit your vehicle:

 
10 x 15
150 square feet: can fit compact cars.

10 x 20
200 square feet: can fit medium-sized vehicles, and most average cars

10 x 30
300 square feet: can fit large vehicles like long trucks and vans.


 
For more information about our unit sizes, take a look at our size guide.
View Size Guide


Car Size Guide


Know your vehicle and its size. Start by running a Google search to see your car’s specifications. Your car may fit in one of the three previously mentioned options:
Car sizes 01
10 x 15: small, compact cars
Small size examples: Honda Fit, Kia Forte, Mini Cooper, Chevrolet Cruz, see more: U.S. News, Best Small Cars of 2019
Car sizes 02
10 x 20: medium, average vehicles
Medium size examples: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, see more: U.S. News, Best Medium Cars of 2019
Car sizes 03
10 x 30: large trucks and vans
Large size examples: Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, Nissan Armada, Ford F-150, Dodge Ram 1500, see more: U.S. News SUVs & CarMax Full-Size Trucks
 
If none of these options work for you, outdoor storage is always an option. Call the location closest to you to see if we have open spots for outdoor storage.


 

Preparing Your Vehicle for Indoor Storage


Before storing your vehicle for an extended amount of time, you need to take a few precautionary steps to safeguard your vehicle from any issues. Before a vehicle sits stagnant in the same location for a while, you’ll need to follow these steps to prevent damage.

These steps apply to vehicles for both indoor and outdoor storage.

Vehicle Storage Checklist


1. Clean your vehicle, inside and out. Make sure you don’t leave anything you need behind, and that there is nothing hiding under seats that would damage your car. Letting dirt and dust sit in the same spot for a lengthy period will damage the interior or exterior of your vehicle.

2. Fill all fluids and change your oil. While it doesn’t sound necessary, it absolutely is. If containers holding fluid are not topped off, condensation will build up. Additionally, old oil will turn acidic over time and damage your vehicle.

3. Release the parking brake. You do not want to leave the parking brake on while it’s in storage. Leaving it on can lead to rusting and erosion.

4. Know what to do with your battery. If possible, detach and disconnect your battery. If you leave it connected, it will deplete all its energy while in storage. Some newer vehicles require a consistent power source. If so, purchase a trickle charger to prevent battery burnout.

5. Go for a drive. If you’re near your storage unit and able to do so, you should take your vehicle out for a 15-minute drive every two to three weeks. This is one of the most beneficial things you can do. Put forward your best effort to take your vehicle out for a maintenance drive.

6. If possible, use tire jacks. If your tires stay on the ground without movement for an extended period of time, it can result in damage to your tires. Tire jacks would relieve the weight and pressure applied to your tires by your car.

Additional Measures for Outdoor Storage
 

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7. Cover your vehicle. Direct rays from the sun mixed with potential harsh weather could damage your vehicle. Using a cover for your vehicle is the best option.

After Storage Checklist

When it’s time to take your car out of storage, you can’t just start the engine and roll away. You need to make a few checks before using your vehicle.

1. Check fluids again. If you didn’t top off all fluids before storage, condensation could build up around the components. Check and make sure everything is in top condition.

2. Check for damage. Although the vehicle was in storage, leaving it unattended could result in rust or cracks in part of the vehicle, like the windshield wipers.

3. Check your tires. If you were unable to use tire jacks to suspend the tires off the ground, check for flat tires or damage.

4. Reconnect your battery. Remember you disconnected your battery to prevent it from completely draining. Reconnect it and check that it’s working.

5. Cautiously test your vehicle. Before getting your vehicle back to the same state, it needs to “stretch its muscles” for a moment. Slowly and cautiously test things like your brakes and steering wheel for any internal, uncheckable changes.

Unit Security


Safety for long-term vehicle storage
While your car goes unattended for an extended period of time, you should be aware of security precautions to keep your vehicle safe. Some tenants use storage units for only the layers of security offered as opposed to outdoor storage.



Your Extended Attic offers multi-layer security for all storage units:

Camera Surveillance
Our cameras monitor and record activity on the facility. In the rare event someone makes an attempt to go after your things, we have safety precautions in place. We use camera security and take it seriously.
Professional Staff
We have staff members on site at the storage facility to work with you through anything you need. The safety of your belongings is their top priority. We take pride in creating a workplace of high moral. Meet some of our employees and hear what they have to say:
Well-Lit
Outdoor storage facilities need lots of light. We use LED lights throughout our facilities to make sure the area is bright and accessible for you, no matter when you need to access the facility.

Gate Entry
Our storage facilities are not open for anyone to drive in and access. Each tenant gets their own unique gate code for entry.


 


Your Extended Attic strives to offer you a safe place to store your vehicle.
 

Our Facility


 
Your Extended Attic provides security, access, and reassurance. We’re proud to have created a community of confidence in storage for our staff and our tenants.
 
Store your things with peace of mind.