With the holiday season approaching, you might be planning to head home to see family, visit friends across the country, or go on a much-needed vacation. But while you are planning to relax and enjoy your getaway, you may also have some concerns about your vehicle. If you do not have a secure garage or parking lot to keep your car while you are away, you risk exposing it to theft, damage, and other dangers. That’s why many people opt for car storage while they travel. If you have never used it before, you may have some questions.
Car Storage FAQs
1. Where Will My Vehicle Be Stored?
Depending on the company you choose for auto storage, your vehicle will either be placed in an indoor or outdoor parking lot. Most storage facilities only accommodate outdoor parking, although there are exceptions. Whether you choose indoor or outdoor car storage, your vehicle will be monitored and available to you 24/7.
2. How Long Can I Leave My Vehicle in Storage?
This will also depend on the company you choose, although most storage facilities offer both long- and short-term parking options. Short-term parking typically lasts no more than a few days, while long-term options allow you to store your vehicle for months at a time. When finalizing your arrangements, avoid surprises by verifying rates and the length of time your vehicle will be in storage.
3. Is There Anything I Should Do to Prepare My Vehicle?
First, verify that your registration and insurance are current and will not expire while you are away. Second, refill the fluids in your vehicle, including the gas — the last thing you want is to come back from vacation and find your car does not have enough fuel to get you home. Also, take your vehicle to a car wash to prevent dirt and debris from turning into rust. Finally, if you know your vehicle will be stored outdoors, invest in a cover to protect it from the elements.
4. Will My Car Be Safe?
You can rest assured that your vehicle will be secure. The parking lots in these storage facilities are protected by gates and fences and monitored 24/7 through the use of security cameras. In the rare event of an incident, your storage company will contact you immediately.
If you live in the Anchorage, AK, area and need short- or long-term car storage, contact International Self Storage by calling (907) 563-3287. The facility is monitored 24/7 and is a quick, five-minute shuttle ride away from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. To learn more, visit their website.