The most important thing when you put a vehicle in storage is ensuring it will be in the same condition when you take it out again. The last thing you want is to find it has been damaged or worn whilst it has been off the road.
At first glance all may seem fine with the vehicle when you look at it, with spotless bodywork and no issues with corrosion. When you go to turn the ignition on though, you may find it unresponsive. This is commonly the result of a dead battery. Batteries lose charge over time and, perhaps surprisingly, the vehicle needs to be used to help keep them charged. Naturally this doesn’t occur when it is in storage so it can drain to the point where it no longer has sufficient power.
Many people wonder how car batteries can drain when they are not in use. The answer is that even when the vehicle is not being used some of the charge is utilised by electrics in the car. This occurs more prominently with modern vehicles that have onboard computers, button ignition, and start-stop technology. Although these increase fuel efficiency they consume more of the battery.
It is crucial you keep in mind that the battery will be drained while the vehicle is in storage. There are a number of ways to deal with the problem so a flat will not be a concern when you want to drive again. One option is to remove the battery completely. This will reduce the drain but you need to ensure it is stored properly and check the charge periodically.
A second option is to utilise a battery conditioner. These helpful devices can be connected to batteries and emit a periodic charge to keep them topped up. They are highly effective and are often the best solution if a vehicle is being stored for a long period of time.
At Rudler Car Transportation and Storage we stock a range of battery conditioners. Clients can buy them from us with complete confidence. We also utilise them when we store cars, offering cost effective fees for the service.