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.
  • If you opt out of battery tender service. 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 ensure 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.

Please Note: These are recommendations, always consult your mechanic or manufacturers/dealership for more information regarding your specific vehicle.

Additional Information


Merrimack NH
526 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
P: (603) 424-4550 Ext: 1
  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday : 9am - 3:30pm
  • Tuesday : 9am - 2pm
  • Wednesday : 9am - 3:30pm
  • Thursday : 9am - 2pm
  • Friday : 9am - 2pm
  • Saturday : By Appointment

Belmont North NH
52 Higgins Drive
Belmont, NH 03220
P: (603) 424-4550 Ext: 2
  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday : 9am - 4pm
  • Tuesday : 9am - 4pm
  • Wednesday : 9am - 4pm
  • Thursday : 9am - 4pm
  • Friday : 9am - 4pm
  • Saturday : By Appointment

Belmont South NH
1213 Laconia Road
Belmont, NH 03220
P: (603) 424-4550 Ext: 3
  • Sunday : Closed
  • Monday : Closed
  • Tuesday : 9am - 2pm
  • Wednesday : 9am - 2pm
  • Thursday : 9am - 2pm
  • Friday : 9am - 2pm
  • Saturday : By Appointment