Steps to Store Your Classic Automobile

Storing your classic automobile is a vital step in preserving its condition and value. Regardless of If you live in a state that experiences harsh winters or non-ideal weather, day-to-day storage can still be a challenge. Making sure to take the necessary precautions and following some basic steps can separate your classic car from its peers. Additionally, some classic auto insurance policies require your vehicle to be stored in an enclosed structure when not in use. In this article, you can find information regarding storage options for your classic car, steps to prepare it for the offseason, and how to prepare for usage.

storage warehouse full of classic cars with protective covers

Classic Car Storage Options

A classic automobile can be a substantial investment, one that shouldn’t be stored or stashed away just anywhere. Deciding where you would like to store your classic car can be a difficult decision, one that considers multiple factors. Short-term storage options are typically used when a classic is being put away for the season, while long-term storage options are for vehicles that are only brought out for special occasions and need to be stored almost year-round. Below are some of the typical storage options for both short and long-term periods.


  • Home Attached or Detached Garages
  • Built-in Custom Home Parking
  • Rental Car Condos


  • Dedicated Storage Warehouses
  • Private Tracks or Country Clubs
  • Social Club Storage
  • Private Parking Garages
  • Automobile Museums

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Getting Your Classic Car Ready for Storage

Once a decision has been made on where you will be storing your classic car, you should take the necessary steps to prepare it for storage.

Professionally Clean – Detailing your vehicle both inside and out before storing is a must. Doing so can help get rid of unwanted irritants that can deteriorate your vehicle’s components, paint, and chrome. Taking preventative measures such as using a car cover can also help keep your automobile clean while in storage.

Check Liquids – Checking your gas, oil, and antifreeze levels before storage is important. It is recommended to fill your gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. This will help reduce the chances for air and moisture to get inside your tank, fuel lines, and other components. As well, topping off other liquids like oil, antifreeze, and transmission fluid, even while your vehicle is to be sitting, can help prevent harmful corrosion.

Inflate Tires – Make sure that your vehicle’s tires are inflated to the proper tire pressure, which can help reduce the risk of your tires going flat while in storage and putting unwanted weight on other suspension components.

During Storage

After your vehicle has made its way to its temporary storage space, there are various additional precautionary measures you may want to take before letting it sit.

Seal Your Ride – Depending on where you are storing your classic you may want to close off or block certain areas that wildlife may attempt to invade. Using car covers or placing your vehicle into a car capsule can help prevent any breaches. It is always recommended to close all of your windows and place repellent items inside your vehicle to deter activity and avoid moisture accumulation.

Check Your Battery – When storing your vehicle for long periods of time you may want to remove your battery and store it separately is it can deteriorate as well as present a fire hazard.

Relieve Your Suspension – To help reduce the stress placed on your classic car’s suspension and to help avoid flat spots developing on your tires, consider placing your vehicle on the proper weight capacity jackstands.

Getting Your Classic Car Ready for Use

Below are some of the steps to bring your classic out of hibernation and begin to preparing for use.

Undo Precautionary Measures – After carefully storing your ride for the offseason you will need to remove any precautionary measures that were taken. Reinstall your battery, remove any covers or protective features including jackstands or wheel dollies and any other tools that you utilized during storage.

Check for Leaks – Walking around your classic to look for any leaks or damage is always a good idea before your first start-up of the season.

Get it Running – Now it is time to check all of your fluid levels and start your ride. Let your vehicle warm up, keeping an eye out for any new leaks while checking your gauges.

Detail Your Classic – Lastly, after sitting in storage even with a cover, your classic car may have acquired some light dust and grime. Giving your ride a good detailing will have you ready to show off your priceless classic.

middle aged man carefully cleaning classic car

Insurance Quotes for Your Classic Car

Cross Private Client Insurance can help you explore your insurance options when it comes to your classic and collector car. To find out more, contact your local Cross Insurance today.



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