Are you getting ready to move and need information about how and where to store your car? If yes, you might have questions about whether you can store cars in self storage and how it’s done. Read on for helpful tips and valuable information!
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Can You Store Cars in Self Storage?
The answer to this question is a definitive yes! People across the United States store their cars, trucks, and other vehicles in self storage every day. Indeed, self-storage is one of the best options for both short and long-term car storage.
There are several different types of storage that you can choose to store your car or truck. Some offer better protection than others, albeit at a higher cost. Some types of car storage are cheaper but expose your vehicle to the local weather where you store them.
Choosing the correct one is simply a matter of knowing how much extra protection you want to provide your cherished ride. Below are the options available at most Moove In Self Storage locations.
Can You Store Cars in Indoor Self Storage Units?
Yes, you can! As the name suggests, indoor car storage means your vehicle will be inside a storage unit. This type of storage offers the very best protection for your car or truck, protecting it from the elements. Indoor storage also protects it from, for example, bird droppings, tree sap, falling debris, and more.
One caveat, however, is you need to choose a storage unit big enough to fit your car or truck. For example, a 5×5 storage unit won’t fit any type of car because it’s simply too small. (Maybe a toy car for your kids, but not much else.) To make sure you choose the correct size, knowing the length of your vehicle is vital. That way, you have a few inches to spare (at least) once it’s in your storage unit.
Below is a list of most common size cars and the size storage unit they would need, including:
- Most compact cars – 10×15 storage unit.
- Most vans, pick-up trucks, sedans, and mid-size SUVs – 10×20 storage unit.
- Very large cars like station wagons, pick-up trucks, and large vans – 10×25 storage unit.
Again, you should know the exact length of your car before choosing a storage unit. Even a difference of 6 inches could mean you need to rent a larger unit to fit your vehicle inside.
What About Storing Your Car in Outdoor Car Storage?
Depending on the type of car you want to store and its age, outdoor car storage might be suitable. Outdoor car storage is very similar to a parking space in a parking lot. You have two lines you can park within, and cars will likely be parked on both sides of yours.
Since it’s outdoors, your car or truck will be completely exposed to the weather. Also, it will be exposed to the aforementioned bird droppings, tree sap, and so forth. If it’s an older car and you’re not worried about the paint, no problem. For a newer car, however, indoor car storage is probably best.
Also, keep in mind that your car’s interior will get hot or cold with the weather when in outdoor car storage. If you live in an area with severe heat, you should use sun protection devices to protect your car’s interior.
There’s Also Covered Car (and Truck) Storage!
Some Moove In Self Storage locations offer covered car storage, a good compromise between covered and uncovered storage. Covered car and truck storage will provide protection from the sun and rain, snow, sleet, etc. If you live where the chance of large hail is possible, your car will be protected from that also (thank goodness).
What Cars Will Fit In Which Storage Units?
Below is a quick reference to use when determining the right size storage unit for your car or truck. Keep in mind that the larger the storage unit you rent, the more it will cost. Knowing your car’s length could therefore save you money on your storage unit rental. (You’re welcome!) Below are the typical storage unit sizes and a few vehicles that will fit inside them nicely:
10×15 Storage Unit
- Honda Fit
- Toyota Corolla
- Mazda CX-3
- Mini Cooper
10×20 Storage Unit
- Toyota Tundra
- Ford Explorer
- Honda Accord
- Nissan Rogue
10×35 and Longer Storage Unit
- Ford Transit
- Mercedes Sprinter Van
- Nissan NV400
- Ford F-350
- GMC Sierra
A Few Quick Notes About Car Storage
- No matter where or how you store your car, it needs to be insured while it’s in storage.
- Preparing your car or truck for storage is vital to ensure it stays in good shape while stored.
- Choose a storage unit that has enough room on the sides for you to get in and out of your car.
Can You Store Cars in Storage? With MooveIn You Can!
When you need to store a car, truck, van, or pick-up, Moove In is here to help! We offer storage units all over the Northeast that are clean, safe, and secure. They’re perfect for cars and trucks of all sizes, as well as boats, motorcycles, and even RVs. All of our locations offer indoor and outdoor car storage. Some also offer covered storage (but we ask that you please call ahead to make sure).
If you have questions, need advice, or want to store your car, you can chat with us online. You can also rent or reserve a storage space online in less than 10 minutes. Better yet, visit your local Moove In location and meet the on-site manager. They’re friendly, knowledgeable and can show you the storage units we offer. (Bring the car you want to store, and you can drive it inside to make sure it fits!)
So, yes, you can store cars in self storage! In fact, with Moove In Self Storage, storing a car, truck, or another vehicle is easy, safe, and secure. We’ll be here when you need us!