What You Need to Know About Auto or Vehicle Storage in Oklahoma

There are as many reasons why people turn to vehicle storage in Oklahoma as there are vehicles stored at our many locations. Some people need an auto storage space to store long-term project cars while they’re working on them, or classic cars that they don’t often drive. Some people have work trucks or other equipment that they only use for part of the year, while others need a place to keep ATVs, motorcycles, RVs, boats, and other specialty vehicles during the off-season, especially since many homeowners’ associations have rules against parking RVs or boats in your back yard or driveway.

Vehicle storage can also be a good way to free up space in your garage, or to protect RVs, boats, classic cars, and more from weather damage such as hail, ice, and scorching heat. Here in Oklahoma, we’re no strangers to all of the above. Whatever your reasons for turning to auto storage in Oklahoma, there are things you should know before you bring your car, boat, motorcycle, or RV in for vehicle storage. Fortunately, we’ve got the answers you’re looking for:

Should I Prepare My Vehicle for Self Storage?

There are steps that you can take to help prepare just about anything for long-term storage so that it’s as good-as-new (or good as it was when you left it, anyway) and ready to go when you need it. That goes double for auto storage. After all, vehicles are complex machines made up of metal and rubber and vinyl. There’s a lot that goes into keeping your car, boat, or RV running smoothly, and all of that should be taken into account before you drop it off for vehicle storage in Oklahoma.

Take your car in for a tune-up before you bring it in for storage to make sure that everything is in good shape. Fill it up with gas to prevent condensation in gas tanks, and consider investing in a “battery maintainer” to help keep your battery in good shape if you’re going to be leaving your vehicle in storage for long periods without driving it. It’s also a good idea to take a few precautions to help keep critters out of your vehicle while it’s in storage. Make sure that your vehicle is nice and clean before you bring it in, and maybe stick a bit of steel wool in the tailpipe to discourage four-legged visitors from nesting in there.

Can I put a Classic Car in Self Storage?

Naturally! In fact, auto storage is a great solution for protecting a particularly sweet ride that you don’t take out on the road every day. The keys to using vehicle storage in Oklahoma for your classic car are simply to make sure that it’s well taken care of, visit it regularly, drive it now and again, and, of course, pick up some insurance to help cover it in the event of damage from a tornado or other natural disaster. It’s also important to make sure that you keep an up-to-date credit card on file to cover the month-to-month rent on your auto storage unit. After all, nobody wants to see their beloved 1957 convertible sold at a self-storage auction because they forgot to pay their bill. 

What Do RV Owners Need to Know About Vehicle Storage?

Since RVs tend to be seasonal vehicles, auto storage can be a great solution for them during the off-season, especially if you don’t have space in your yard or driveway, or if your homeowners’ association has rules against boats or RVs. Of course, RVs need the same kind of prep as any other vehicle before they go into storage—not just under the hood, but in the cabin of the RV, as well. And it’s especially important to clean up any food crumbs or other things that might attract insects and animals, who often find parked RVs to be ideal lodgings.

Are There Other Types of Vehicles I Can Place in Self Storage?

The fact is, you can store all kinds of vehicles in auto storage, from RVs and boats to ATVs, work trucks, seasonal vehicles, and lots more. Here is just a partial list of what’s welcome in vehicle storage in Oklahoma:

  • Boats and RVs
  • Snowplows
  • Motorcycles, dune buggies, and motocross bikes
  • Lawnmowers
  • ATVs and snowmobiles
  • Food trucks
  • Work trucks
  • Forklifts, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment
  • And lots more! 

Do I get 24/7 Access to My Stored Vehicles?

The short answer is that gate hours are generally set by the self storage facility. At Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma, gate hours are typically Monday through Sunday from 7am to 9pm. When choosing a vehicle storage solution in Oklahoma, your best bet is to talk with the on-site office manager at the facility that you’re interested in, identify what kind of access you think you need, and work together with the storage facility to make your decision. 

What Do I Need to Do Before Taking My Vehicle Out of Storage?

When you put a car, boat, RV, or any other vehicle into storage, it’s a good idea to leave yourself a note somewhere that you’ll be sure to find it, reminding you of anything that you might need to do before you start it up and head out on the highway. Whether that’s putting the windshield wiper blades back on, taking the bit of steel wool out of the tailpipe, or reconnecting the battery, it’ll help you remember what steps need to be taken before you’re ready to hit the road. If your ride has been in vehicle storage in Oklahoma for a long time, it’s probably also a good idea to take it to your mechanic for a tune-up right away.

How long Can I Keep a Car or Vehicle in Self Storage?

As long as you pay your bill, we’re happy to keep your vehicle in our auto storage facilities! 

Do I Need Climate Controlled Self Storage for My Vehicle?

The answer varies from vehicle to vehicle, but if you think that it’s required, the option is certainly available! And if your vehicle is small enough to fit in a climate controlled unit, it’s often a good idea for helping to preserve your ride. 

Is Auto and Vehicle Self Storage in Oklahoma Secure?

Security features vary by facility, but at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma the safety and security of all your belongings is one of our top priorities. That’s why all of our facilities boast fenced and walled perimeters with 24/7 digital video monitoring, gated access, and other security features to help protect everything on the premises, whether it’s in auto storage or a regular self storage unit. That said, even we can’t protect against natural disasters such as tornados, so it’s always a good idea to have insurance on anything particularly valuable that you might have in vehicle storage in Oklahoma. 

Do I Need Insurance on My Vehicle in Self Storage?

Vehicle storage in Oklahoma is usually a secure and safe place to keep a vehicle that was probably a big investment. But, like with any big investment, things can happen, no matter how good the security. All the fences, walls, and cameras in the world won’t stop a tornado. That’s why it’s a good idea to take out additional insurance on any high-value items that you keep in self storage, whether that’s your grandmother’s antiques or your RV. While Oklahoma state law prohibits storage facilities from insuring the items that are stored on our premises, our helpful self storage staff can certainly offer advice on the best ways to find insurance to cover your auto storage.

Auto and Vehicle Storage Near You is Only a Click Away

Whatever kind of vehicle you’re looking to store, and whatever your reasons for storing it, there are plenty of options for vehicle storage in Oklahoma available from Storage ‘R’ Us. With locations offering vehicle storage in Lawton on East Gore Blvd and Rogers Lane, not to mention locations in Moore and Duncan, as well as covered and enclosed RV, boat, and vehicle storage in Newcastle, we’ve got your auto storage needs covered wherever you are.