Avoiding tyre damage on stored cars

One of the biggest concerns in classic car storage is ensuring no harm comes to your vehicle because of the measures taken to protect it. There are some aspects of storage which can have negative side effects, but with the benefit of professional advice and services, these risks can be countered or avoided. The tyres present one of the most common problem areas for any form of car in storage.

The term “flat spot” or “flat spotting” is used to describe certain forms of damage or defect which can affect a wheel. When it comes to cars in storage, “flat spotting” is widely used to refer to the deformation affecting tyres that have been parked for a long period of time. In broad terms, when a car is used regularly, it is rare that it always ends up parked with the wheels rotated to the same point. When the car is left parked for a period of time, however, the weight of the car can have a detrimental effect. The force will be pressing down on the tyres in one spot for extended periods, sometimes causing them to bulge.

Removing the wheels of a car before storing it is not a satisfactory solution. Most agree that inflating the tyres is the best way to avoid the problem. If you are using our car covers or air chambers in private storage facilities, we will always be happy to discuss your car and offer the best advice available on avoiding flat spotting and other issues. While the general advice given is that you should inflate the tyres to 50psi in order to help prevent flat spotting during storage, we’ll happily help you to establish the exact psi that you should keep the tyres on your car at.

Our team are completely dedicated to the care of your prized vehicles, which is why we have become the most trusted name for car storage in the UK. No matter where you are located, we can arrange for the collection of your car to store in our professional facility, or we can supply you with the covers and air chambers you need to ensure perfect conditions in your own storage area.