When most people think of storing a car, the first thing that springs to mind is a garage, whether it’s their own or a cheap council rented affair. Alas, you’ll either have half of the unwanted stuff form your house in your own garage, and most council garages are in bad neighbourhoods and are inherently insecure.
Proper, legitimate car storage is seen as beyond budget. Too fancy and expensive to store a newly imported car, or to tuck up a second car over the winter period. But car storage in the UK is far cheaper than you’d think.
Proper car storage
Let’s forget about all the one-man bands offering ‘car storage’ in asbestos roofed ex warehouses on the cheap, we’re talking about proper outfits, the likes of Historit and Storacar. Both companies offer fully insured, completely secure locations where your car can be tended to, however you so desire.
Naturally, prices can become obscene depending on the level of care you’re after, that’s to be expected. However normal, bog standard car storage at such a place comes in at just £120 a month. When you’re looking after your investment, your pride and joy, it’s worth paying for piece of mind. Knowing your car will remain dry and damage free for the duration of its stay is one less thing to worry about while it’s out of your care.
What about maintenance?
If you need a little extra TLC for your car, most companies will offer monthly checks on your vehicle. This can include tyre condition, a battery check or top up charge if needed and even a run up to temperature to make sure all fluids are being pumped around…instead of slowly seeping out from where they need to be. Prices for this level of care are around the £170 mark.
You can also expect to pay the same for dehumidified storage, this will help remove and stop any moisture on the bodywork, mechanical components and even the interior. Most systems work by conditioning the air, not drying it out totally, if they were to do this then leathers would crack and hoses split.
Do I need a car cover?
You’ll also want to think about a quality car cover if storing your motor is going to be a regular thing, this could either be an indoor or outdoor style cover, the former however look far sleeker as they mould to the shape of your car like a tight-fitting dress.
Some car storage companies will offer tailored car covers, but if they don’t, it’s worth taking a look at Specialised Covers. They’re the best in the business and can offer a plethora of different designs for a multitude of cars, if they don’t have a pattern for your car they’ll send out their team and make one for you – the service is simply second to none.
As appealing as cheap car storage is, the hassle and distress that can be caused when it goes wrong simply isn’t worth it. Look after your investment, your baby, take it somewhere reputable where the upmost care will be taken.