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When planning to store your vehicle for an extended period, whether before or after transportation, it’s crucial to take the right steps to ensure your car remains in excellent condition. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare your vehicle for long-term storage. 

Before Transport and Long-Term Storage

  • Clean Your Vehicle: Start by thoroughly cleaning your car, both inside and out. A clean car will prevent any existing dirt or grime from causing damage over time. Waxing your car can also protect the paint while it’s stored. 
  • Top Off Fluids and Check for Leaks: Ensure all your vehicle’s fluids are topped up, including brake fluid, antifreeze, and oil. This helps prevent internal corrosion. Also, check for any leaks, as these can worsen over time when the vehicle isn’t in use. 
  • Disconnect the Battery: To avoid battery drain, disconnect and remove the battery, especially if storage lasts more than a month. 

After Transport 

  • Inspect and Clean Again: Once your vehicle has been transported, inspect it for any possible transit damage and clean it to remove transport-related debris or fluids. 
  • Change Oil and Check Fluids: Change the oil and check all fluids again. Fresh oil will ensure that contaminants won’t harm the engine during storage. 
  • Maintain Tire Pressure: Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure to prevent flats or uneven wear. Consider placing your vehicle on jack stands to take weight off the tires and suspension. 
  • Keep It Covered: Use a quality car cover to protect against dust, dirt, and accidental scratches. This is especially important in shared or less secure storage areas. 


Taking these steps will help ensure that your vehicle stays in peak condition, no matter how long you plan to store it. Ready to move your vehicle? Get a FREE quote today at and experience hassle-free auto transport!