Make plans for flat spotting and sidewall damage

Car storage is one of the foundations of our business. We use our knowledge of the industry to store motors effectively. We often work with vintage and classic models, ensuring we cater for their specific needs. Plus, our site has modern CCTV as well as state of the art alarm systems. They connect directly to our central monitoring station, where we watch over everything. This ensures your vehicles are safe.

Not everyone is ready for long term storage

Many car owners are confident they have what it takes to maintain their motor. However, there will be some that are lacking knowledge on the subject of long term storage. If you fall into this category, there are several tricks you can use to make things easier for your vehicle. Read on to find out more.

Unquestionably, one of the most effective and easiest ways to prep your car is paying attention to the tyres. You will be glad to hear that you don’t have to remove them. But, the car is going to be stationary for some time. Therefore, you must take care to avoid issues.

No flat spotting

Car storageOne thing you must do is work to prevent flat spotting. Leaving your motor stationary for more than a couple of weeks can lead to spots developing at the tread contact patch. If you don’t address the issue, you may find you have a very uncomfortable ride or need to replace the tyres.

There are a few ways you can prevent the flat spotting. You can put the car on axle stands to relieve the tyres and bearings of their load, eradicating the issue. But you should note that this is possibly dangerous and a time consuming strategy. It can harm the suspension components if you leave them in an unnatural state for a long time.

Alternatively, you can try driving your vehicle onto solid rubber tyre shoes. This shall hold the tyres in shape and stop flat spotting.

Protect the sidewalls

It always pays to keep your eyes on the tyre sidewalls when you put a car into long term storage for over a month. Here you must do all you can to prevent the rubber from turning brittle and dry. If you don’t, the tyres could develop cracks or perish. When this happens you increase the chances of a hazardous blowout when you drive.

Thankfully, you can keep the tyres healthy during long term storage. You can do so by keeping them out of sunlight. UV rays attack the rubber and ruin the tyres. Applying a rubber feed to the sidewalls will also help. This will safeguard the material and improve the appearance of the tyres at the same time. Don’t get the feed on the tyre tread though, as it is not good for handling.

Contact us for expert car storage solutions

At Rudler Car Transportation and Storage, we help customers from across the world. This is possible thanks to our relatively close proximity to Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Additionally, we offer options to suit a variety of budgets.

So, if we can be of assistance to you, feel free to contact us. You can come to us for car storage for as long as you need and enjoy an all in one service if you need transportation too. We are a quality provider and have lots of happy long term and repeat customers.