1st November 2022
If you collect or restore classic cars, then car storage may be something you have thought about a lot. For the most part, if you collect classic cars or enjoy classic cars, you will only drive them a few times a year. This could be on summer days or to classic car shows for example. However, how can you have peace of mind that your car is safe and secure throughout the rest of the year when you are not using it?
Perhaps you are off on an extended business trip or holiday and want to make sure your car is safe while you are away? Once again, you can place your vehicle into self storage to ensure it is safe, secure and protected while you are away.
It is likely that next to your home, your car is your next most expensive asset. It’s only normal that you will want to look after it properly and ensure it is stored safely and properly too. If you barely drive your car, is the garage or your driveway the best place to store it? Is it the safest place to store it from potential damage, theft or the elements and weather?
If you don’t want to leave your car exposed to potential theft or damage, then why not consider car storage for your prized possession? This way your vehicle is kept safe and secure.
In this blog post we look at the benefits of putting your vehicles into self storage and the advantages of car storage for your vehicle. Have a read and think about the benefits that you could gain from putting your vehicles into self storage.
What Is Long-Term Car Storage?
Many people have enough room at home or in their garages to store their cars. However, some people have to, or chose to, make other arrangements. If you don’t have the room for your much-loved car in the garage it is possible to use a car cover. But how effective is that for protecting your car from the weather, elements, potential damage or theft? Wouldn’t you rather have complete peace of mind that your car is safe?
This is what long-term car storage is. It’s a car storage facility where your vehicle will be kept safe and secure in a climate-controlled environment that is covered by multiple types of security including alarms and high-end CCTV security cameras, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Long-term car storage offers car owners one of the best ways to keep their classic cars or vehicles safe and sound as well as free from rust by being placed in a safe and dry place.
Overview Of UK Classic Car Industry
It is reported that the UK classic car industry is worth the same as the entire UK arts and creative sectors. Further to this, the amount of classic car owners in the UK is continuing to rise with more and more people enjoying all that a classic car has to offer.
Due to the growth, the UK government has even introduced incentives to facilitate the growth in classic car collections even further. There was a 40-year rolling rule that was implemented in 2014. This rule entitles classic cars to be exempt from vehicle tax and MOTs.
Many people see their classic cars as an investment, as well as a hobby and something to enjoy. This is because a well-looked after classic car will not depreciate in value in the same way that a new car will do. A classic car will be likely to hold it’s value. If it is well-looked after, cared for and regularly maintained it will even increase in value.
This is why many classic car owners will use car storage facilities. It keeps their classic car safe and sound and free from rust or other potential damage. By putting a classic car into storage, it also frees up space in your home, garage or on your driveway. These are just two of the benefits you can gain by putting your classic car into storage.
What Are The Benefits Of Putting Your Vehicle In Self Storage?
Below we list just some of the many benefits that you can gain by placing your classic car, or other vehicles in storage. Have a read and see how these benefits can be of advantage to you and your vehicle.
- Gain More Space
The most obvious benefit of self storage for vehicles is the additional space you will gain. Whether your car is on your drive or in the garage, it will be taking up space. Think about how better this space can be used. Maybe you could redesign the garden to make better use of your driveway space? How about converting your garage to an extra room or an office? What could you do with the extra space you will gain by putting your car into storage?
- Combine Your Car Collections
If you are lucky enough to have a collection of classic cars, why not put them into self-storage together? By placing your vehicles into self storage together, you will save on insurance costs. When the weather improves and you’re ready to take them out for a drive, or to a classic car show n- they’ll all be together so you can choose your favourite for that day or show. If you have a car under your business, you could even place it in a business storage facility.
- Avoid Expensive Cost Hikes
If you time the storing of your vehicles going into a self-storage facility right, you can avoid expensive insurance hikes. Also, if your car is parked on the road, as you lack space in your home or driveway, you can SORN your vehicle. This is ideal if you are storing your car in self storage units for the longer term. You just need to tax it when you are ready to use it and drive it again.
- It’s Easier To Clean Your Car
If you have a high-end or collectable vehicle, you want to keep it looking it’s best. If it’s kept outside or in a dusty garage, it may need a low of cleaning and care. However, if you put your classic car in storage, it will stay clean and protected. Your car will stay protected from bad weather, potential damage and theft. Instead, it will stay clean and glistening while in a self-storage facility.
If you’re looking for a convenient place to keep your much-loved vehicle, then a self-storage facility could be ideal for you.
The Advantages Of Self Storage For Your Vehicles
We have looked at the benefits of putting your vehicles in self storage, but there are also advantages of self storage for your vehicles. Parking your car on the street is a risk. It can be dangerous for your vehicles, and it can be expensive too. There are lots of streets that charge huge parking costs, just to park your car on the street with no additional protection.
Below we share just some of the many advantages of self storage for your vehicles. Have a read and see which advantages are of interest to you. Remember, you will gain all these advantages and more when you use self storage for your vehicles.
- Self storage units are climate controlled which means your vehicle will not be damaged by hot or cold temperatures. They are also fire and waterproof, as extra protection for your prized possession.
- You will have a level of security for your vehicle that will be better than you can create at home. This security will include industrial strength padlocks, 24/7 CCTV surveillance cameras, key coded access, security gates, anti-vandal box locks and more.
- The terms of protection and affordability available with self-storage units is second to none. You can place your car in storage on a fixed length of time, or flexible monthly storage. It’s all about you and your car storage requirements.
What Vehicles Can You Place In Self Storage Units?
There are lots of different types of vehicles that you can place in self-storage facilities. We have spoken a lot about classic cars and collectors’ cars. However, there are other vehicles that you can place in self storage units too.
Boats for example. Boats are a big investment and when you invest in something as expensive as a boat, the last thing you want to worry about is where it can be stored when it’s not in use. Whether you have jet skis, kayaks, canoes, speedboats or trailers, all of these water vehicles can be placed in a self storage unit, kept safe and secure until you next need it. When the perfect weather arrives for a day on the water, you can pop along to your self storage unit and collect your water vehicle and equipment.
Seasonal vehicles can also be kept in self storage facilities. These seasonal vehicles include things like motorhomes, caravans, campervans, trailer tents and more. Vehicles like these are commonly used during the warmer months of the year, but where can they be stored safely and away from the elements the rest of the year? This is where self storage units can help. Your seasonal vehicles will be kept safe and secure, protected from the weather and risk of damage. The climate controlled self storage units are perfect for protecting the vehicle from damp or mildew which can commonly occur when seasonal vehicles are left out throughout the year.
Hobby vehicles are often placed in self storage units too. This includes things like quad bikes, dirt bikes, BMXs and even golf carts. These vehicles need to be kept safely as they can be attractive to criminals and opportunistic thieves. When these vehicles are in storage they are under 24/7 CCTV surveillance cameras and securely locked away. You’ll still have the flexibility to collect your hobby vehicles as and when you please, but you’ll have the peace of mind that they are safe when not in use.
Want to know more about self storage in Darlington and Peterborough and what we can store safely for you? Call our team now.