Auto Storage Checklist

At Vault Motor Storage we want your vehicle to stand the test of time. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your car in great condition while in storage.

To reduce deterioration during storage we suggest...

  • Give your vehicle a good wash before storage to remove road grit, acid rain residues and, in winter road salt.
  • Clean out interior making sure to remove crumbs, food wrappers, etc. (You may be amazed by what you find under the seats.)
  • Just before storing, run your engine fully warm to evaporate moisture from oil pan and exhaust system.
  • Prevent tire flat spots by raising tire pressure to 38-40 psi.
  • Disconnect battery — modern cars are prone to parasitic draw. Older cars with electric clocks will also draw batteries flat. Flat batteries tend to sulfite and die

If storing a vehicle for more than a few weeks? This may help...

  • Add fuel preservative to prevent gum and varnish formation. Modern fuel formulas break down quickly.
  • Fill your gas tank to minimize in-tank condensation.
  • Then run engine 5-10 minutes to insure treated fuel is distributed throughout the fuel delivery system.

For longer-term storage consider the following...

  • Change engine oil and filter as combustion by-products trapped in your “used” oil contain moisture and are measurably acidic.
  • Flush and replace coolant to renew the antioxidants used in modern anti-freeze.
  • Flush and replace brake fluid as it is highly hydroscopic and contaminated fluid can cause costly corrosive damage in precision brake systems.
Additional Information


Merrimack NH
526 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
P: (603) 424-4550
  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday : 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday : 9am - 2pm
  • Wednesday : 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday : 9am - 2pm
  • Friday : 9am - 2pm
  • Saturday : By Appointment

Belmont NH
52 Higgins Drive
Belmont, NH 03220
P: (603) 424-4550
  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday : 9am - 4pm
  • Tuesday : 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday : 9am - 4pm
  • Thursday : 9am - 4pm
  • Friday : 9am - 4pm
  • Saturday : By Appointment