Is jack storage an appropriate option?

At first glance, you might assume that we’re just another car storage and transportation company, but that simply isn’t the case. We place a particular emphasis on vintage and classical vehicles, utilising the most advanced methods and technology to keep your car safe while it’s out of your hands. With a host of solutions available at reasonable rates, we are certain that you’ll find something to suit your needs.

Many people ask whether jacking up a car on stands for the winter is a viable idea. With short-term storage, a lot of the time it can feel like a great amount of effort for no pay off. The concept of jacking is to prevent your tires from coming into contact with the ground at a single point for a prolonged period. It would stop flat spotting; an issue that’s noticeable with older bias ply tires. The radials don’t encounter this complication too much if adequately inflated to the suggested psi on your tires before storage.

The question of whether to jack becomes more applicable and difficult once long-term storage is brought into consideration. When owners ask what to do when they’re leaving their car for say one or two years at a time, the answer can depend on the environment where their vehicle is stored. Other questions rise like if there will be people around to attend to it, if flash flooding is a concern, or if the storage area is a lock down complex.

The type of car is also a crucial element. Normally, jacking is discouraged with specific models, such as those with open channel swaged frames, convertibles, hatch roof vehicles, and X frame motors. When jacked incorrectly, the frames on these cars can distort and sag as time progresses.

At Rudler Car Transportation & Storage, the facilities that we use are based on site at our family home in Wiltshire. With our close proximity to Gatwick and Heathrow airports, not only are we suitable for local customers, but also ones who come from abroad.

If you would like to discuss your car storage specifications with us, please get in touch.