The summer heat is brutal and unrelenting, so deciding to safely store your car inside during these months makes sense. Just because your car is inside doesn't mean it's entirely safe. You need to take several steps before placing the car in storage to safeguard it during the summer months. The following are some of them.
1. Check for Scratches
Scratches come in all shapes and sizes, which sometimes makes it easy to miss damage to your car. A couple of weeks before you plan to put the car in storage, check around the exterior for scratches. Deep scratches penetrate through the protective paint coating on a vehicle and expose the bare metal.
Bare metal exposure in a coastal climate like Delray Beach is not a favorable mix. The increased levels of salt in the air will react with exposed metal and increase the risk of corrosion. If you're storing the car for an extended period, you could return to rust damage. Take the car to an auto body professional to have it repaired before putting it in storage.
2. Inspect the Interior
The temperatures skyrocket during the summer, and as hot as it feels outside, the inside of your vehicle will be much warmer. After an hour, the inside of a car can reach a temperature of 40 degrees higher than the air temperature outside, so imagine what it would feel like after a month. Inspect the inside of the car for any items that could easily melt, such as crayons.
A crayon left on a fabric seat would melt and leave behind a waxy stain, which would be challenging, if not impossible, to remove. Remove all items at risk of melting. Also, check for food. Any food left in the intense heat will spoil and could lead to a rodent infestation and a bad odor in the car.
3. Close the Vents
The humidity level in the area hovers around 70% but gets close to 80% towards late summer. Humidity levels this high are more than enough to cause damage. Prolonged moisture in a car could lead to mold growth or create a mildew-like smell in the car's interior. Once you park your car in the storage area, roll up all the windows.
If you've had the air conditioner on, go ahead and turn it off and switch to recirculation mode, then close all the vents and turn off the car. When the recirculation mode is activated, the intake vent closes, which will prevent the humid air from getting inside the car while it's in storage.
4. Secure Convertible Top
When you store a vehicle with a cloth or vinyl convertible top, you need to take extra precautions to avoid damage. Ensure the cover is fastened in the open position.
A fabric top that remains in the closed position for an extended period is at risk for creasing, which could cause permanent damage. Moisture from the humidity in the air could also settle between the creases and cause damage to the convertible cover.
If there are any cracks or rips in the top, you should also have them repaired. Insects and small rodents can use the opening as a way to get inside the car and build a nest and cause other damage.
Now is not the time for shortcuts. The effort you put into preparing your car for storage will affect the condition it's in at the end of the season. At Delray Storage, we want to help you protect your vehicle. With humidity and climate-controlled options, we can help you safeguard your car for the summer and beyond.