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Tips for storing classic cars
Published on the 12th September 2023

Important matters to consider for the storage of your precious car.

Once again, Salon Privé  dazzled with its display of premium classic and supercars. The luxury classic car show had everything from everyday classics, to more timeless treasures and as Platinum Sponsors of the event, we were delighted to invite our guests to enjoy the spectacle.

Inevitably, some of these precious vehicles will now be stored away until their next outing. Whilst in storage, it’s important the right measures are taken to protect these treasured investments and maintain their beauty and value.

Here are some storage tips to consider:


Ensure the facility’s intruder and fire alarm are installed by an accredited and reputable company and linked to an alarm receiving centre.


Have CCTV installed both internally and externally as well as anti-ram bollards across entry points.


Cover the windows of the facility so the vehicles aren't visible from the outside.


Make sure the facility is fitted with fire suppression protection such as sprinklers and/or water mist.


Ensure there is enough space between vehicles to be removed easily in case of an evacuation and create an evacuation plan including order of removal.


For larger collections of cars, consider using multiple storage facilities so not all vehicles are at risk together.


Ensure the general maintenance of the storage facility is in good order and the boiler and electrics are regularly serviced and maintained. Check the integrity of the roof system to ensure it is free of any leaks or falling debris.


Consider carrying out vehicle maintenance at a professional repair facility or at another location other than the storage facility to avoid flammable materials, dirt and dust interfering with the safe storage of the vehicle.


Keep all important documents such as manuals, photos, repair history and other provenance at an alternative location to the vehicles. These can be used to verify the originality of parts and confirm they are installed correctly.


To ensure the vehicle continues to run smoothly, consider driving the vehicle every few weeks. If this is not an option, then consideration should be made to drain the fuel or battery maintenance where applicable.

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