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Interior of an turquoise old-timer in our car storage guide

The need for storage comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, depending on what you need to store. From a temporary space for your furnishings during a residential relocation to a long-term solution for preserving important business documents, the size of a self-storage unit depends on your personal requirements. However, Purple Heart Moving Group experts understand that, for most newcomers to self-storage, it can be difficult to work out what size storage unit you need. Let us help you find the best unit for your needs in this car storage guide.

A black SUV you might need car storage guide for
Cars come in many shapes and sizes, from tiny hatchbacks to huge vans that are more similar to small buses.

The best storage units for all types of vehicles

In this car storage guide, we’ll take a look at the most popular types of self-storage units. Note that our cheap storage Florida units are available in much larger sizes than those we mention in this post. But we will be covering the units that most of our customers ask about.

When it comes to finding car storage, determining the right size should be a simple process. However, most of the time, it is those car models in between that can be difficult to find the perfect storage unit size. Will my Honda Civic fit into a smaller self-storage unit? Or do I need to get an upgrade? Will my Ford-F150 truck squeeze into the cheaper 10′ x 20′ parking space? Or will I have to pick the more expensive unit? Our car storage guide offers all the answers.

For nearly all vehicles on the road today, you’ll need:

  • The first option is 10′ x 15′;
  • Secondly, you can choose the 10′ x 20′;
  • Finally, the largest solution is the 10′ x 30′ unit.

Even a tiny car like the 2017 Fiat 500 would never fit in a 10′ x 10′ unit because it is 1.5 feet long. So don’t even bother with the 10′ x 10′. The only modern vehicle you could squeeze into this type of storage room in Florida would be the Smart Fortwo, with a length of 8.8 feet. For everything else, keep on reading for our full car storage size guide.

The 10′ x 15′ car storage guide

Many subcompact and compact cars will fit into this unit. however, there are still many that won’t. For example, this Japanese company considers its 2014 Toyota Corolla to be a compact car. But because it is 15.22 feet long, you’ll more likely need to move to the next size up. Just as a guideline, most two-door cars or hatchbacks should fit in this size storage unit, which spans 150 square feet.

a man sitting in a car
When you leave the car in a storage unit, you should ask a friend to start it up every once in a while.

The 10′ x 20′ storage unit

Since this size storage unit is most similar to a single-car garage, it is the most popular option. In our car storage guide, it measures on average 12′ x 22′. This means it should accommodate the majority of vehicles on the road today including crossovers, sedans, SUVs, minivans, and pickups. However, note that it’s still a bit smaller than a one-car garage, you won’t have almost any extra room. You might be able to fit a few personal items though. This unit covers 200 square feet.

The 10′ x 30′ car storage guide

Remember, there are bigger vehicles that just won’t fit in a 10′ x 20′. The next most common size in our car storage guide is the 10′ x 30′. This size unit is perfect for everything else like large cargo vans and big duty trucks with extended cabs and beds. It covers 300 square feet, and if this size is unavailable, a 10′ x 25′ unit is the next best storage unit size you can find.

Preparing your vehicle for storage

Did you know that not driving a vehicle for long periods is the worst thing you can do to it? Most of the components of any vehicle will age and deteriorate without upkeep. Note that a certain amount of damage could still occur even if you follow all the steps listed below. So, before you store your car, write down what performance maintenance has been done to the car. That way you’ll know what steps to follow when you return.

Short-term car storage guide

  • First of all, fill your tires up to the maximum recommended pressure;
  • Secondly, clean and vacuum the interior;
  • Next, wash the exterior thoroughly, and wax the body to ensure it is protected from the atmosphere and dust;
  • Changing the oil and the filter is a must;
  • Check all your vehicle’s vital fluids and fill them to the maximum recommended level. To the same with fuel, because your tank could rust due to condensation;
  • Make sure you grease the steering and suspension components;
  • Additionally, disconnect the battery and lubricate the contact points on the vehicle’s side;
  • Place the accumulator on a trickle charger with a winter program;
  • Last, but not least, disengage the parking brake.
Black Audi in front of a garage
It would be smart to block off the exhaust on your vehicle. A simple layer of duct tape over it should do.

Will you be leaving your car in storage for over a year?

Good news, vehicles can be stored for over a year, but the process can get tricky.

  • First of all, we recommend contacting a specialized company to drain all the fuel from your tank and fuel system. They will also seal it off.
  • Coat all metal parts without paint with Lithium grease or equivalent products to prevent rust.
  • Put dehumidifiers in your storage space. In addition to this, you should seal all windows of the storage space. Cover your car with a textile cover.
  • Your engine requires special treatment. You should remove spark plugs and pour an oil-based product to prevent corrosion inside the cylinders.
  • Give your battery to a friend if it is in a healthy condition, or send it to a recycling facility. It is pointless to trickle-charge it for over a year.
  • Set the car on jack stands, and deflate the tires.
  • The rubber parts will age and deteriorate, so you’ll need to buy new ones when you want to take the vehicle out for a drive.
  • Finally, there is an option of lending the vehicle to a trusted friend or hiring a car shipping company. Note, though, that this ‘trusted friend’ solution might only work if you do not want to sell your ride but cannot drive it for months at a time. Just remember, accidents happen, so don’t blame us if your friend crashes your ride.