Posted on: 25 January 2018Share
If you're heading off on a long holiday soon, it might be a good idea to put your car into a vehicle storage facility instead of leaving it parked on the street or in your garage. Read on to find out why.
It's more secure
If you live in an area with high crime rates, it is worth using the services of a vehicle storage facility for the duration of your trip. This could significantly reduce the chances of your car being stolen or tampered with whilst you are away.
You should consider doing this even if you have a lockable garage in which you can keep your car. Most residential garages have very weak locks that are extremely easy for thieves to pick. This is why thieves frequently choose to break into houses via their garages.
As such, if you leave your car in this area of your home, there is a strong chance that a thief will be able to steal your vehicle, as well as any belongings you may have left inside it.
If your car is stolen, you might be able to make an insurance claim to cover the expense of replacing it. However, this process can be complex and lengthy and would almost certainly lead to a rise in the cost of your insurance payments.
You can avoid all of this hassle and expense simply by keeping your car in a secure vehicle storage facility whilst you are on your holiday. Facilities of this kind are usually gated, secured with alarms, monitored by CCTV and regularly patrolled by at least one security guard. This means that there is virtually no risk of your car being stolen.
Your car is less likely to sustain damage
If you don't have a garage and usually park your car on the street, it's important to realise that the condition of your vehicle may deteriorate throughout the course of your time away. The longer a car is left outdoors in an unprotected environment, the more likely it is to be damaged in some way by the elements.
For example, if there is a bout of prolonged, heavy rain in the area where you leave your car, the water on the street could damage the components in the vehicle's undercarriage.
Likewise, if the car is parked on a tree-lined street and a storm occurs, a heavy branch could fall onto your vehicle and cause major damage to the roof or bonnet's paintwork or even shatter the windshield. The latter could be particularly problematic, as any rainfall that then occurs could damage your car's interior.
Conversely, if you leave your car in an indoor vehicle storage unit, you won't have to worry about the possibility of it being damaged should the weather take a turn for the worse at any point during your absence.