Collector Car Storage Tips
It’s easy to assume your cars are safest when not in use, but that may not always be the case. If you haven’t carefully vetted where they’re stored— whether it’s a vintage car storage facility, antique car storage facility or your home garage— consider the following classic car storage tips to help you avert potential problems:
- As with any collection of valuable objects, the structure that houses them should be fully alarmed for fire and burglary. You’ll also want to ensure there is an appropriate fire suppression system—either automatic or individual extinguishers.
- Your classic or antique car storage facility also should be evaluated to make sure it can withstand tremors, storm surges or other potentially damaging natural phenomena that might occur in your area.
- Since standalone garage facilities often have flat roofs, be sure attention has been paid to proper water drainage and that excessive snowfall (where applicable) isn’t allowed to accumulate and potentially damage the structure or cause leaks.
- If your classic or antique cars are stored in a low-lying area that could flood, be sure they are appropriately elevated on risers.
- If repair work is done on the premises, remember the importance of proper ventilation, fireproof ventilated cabinets and proper storage containers for flammable liquids.
- If you live in an area prone to severe weather, develop an emergency transport plan well in advance so it can be activated quickly.
- If you need to transport your cars, make sure the company you choose is experienced in—and insured for—handling these kinds of vehicles.
- If moving a collector car overseas, you’ll also need a transport company experienced enough to help you obtain and manage the appropriate documentation.