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Long Term Outdoor Vehicle Storage
Sometimes, using a storage facility just isn’t an option when we need to keep our cars “on ice” for a while. Although indoor storage units are the preferred way to keep your vehicle safe from harm, they simply aren’t a practical option for many of us.
What do you do when you need to store your vehicle somewhere for a while, but can’t afford or don’ have access to an indoor facility? Storing it outdoors is the only other valid option, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing – you just need to keep a few key things in mind in order to ensure that your car remains safe from harm.
Choosing A Secure Location
What if you don’t have a fenced-in yard, and can’t put up a fence? The next best option is choosing a spot that is within sight of your front door and in a populated area. Keeping your car out back, for instance, isn’t a good idea – unless there’s a fence. In the backyard, a car is more “tucked away,” making it a prime target for thieves. What you want to do is keep your vehicle someplace where it’s easy to keep an eye on it. When would-be thieves know that many windows are facing the area where a car is, they usually move along.
Finally, a well-lit location is key. Regardless of whether you have a fence or not – and whether your car is kept in the backyard or the front yard – the presence of bright lights will keep most ill-intentioned people at bay. Motion sensor lights are great, too – especially when paired up with regular lighting. Anyone trying to sneak up on your vehicle is sure to be startled when a spotlight suddenly turns on unexpectedly. Lighting is a very inexpensive way to keep your vehicle safe when being stored outdoors.
Creating A Safe Environment For Your Vehicle
Another potential hazard to beware of when keeping your vehicle outdoors is the blazing sun. Even the best paint job can become faded and unattractive when exposed constantly to bright sunlight. Whenever possible, keep your vehicle in a shaded area for the best storage possible. By keeping it out of the sun, your car will retain its luster and look like brand new for a much longer period of time. Better yet, use car covers with high UV protection to really protect your car; your worries about scratches and fading will be completely eliminated when you invest in a high quality car cover.
Beware Of Animals
Keep Your Car On Your Property
Beyond the hassles of keeping your car off the street for regularly scheduled events and snow fall, parking it down the street exposes it to theft. Why put your car somewhere where you can’t even keep an eye on it? Thieves look upon a car parked on a street for days and days as an easy target. Keeping it on the street – but in front of your house – is an imperfect solution, too. The best place for your car is on your own property, whether it’s in your driveway or in a fenced-in backyard.
Take Care When Storing Your Vehicle Outdoors
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