Posts tagged car storage tips
The Hyundai Ioniq Has No Battery! Here’s How to Store It

Even though the Hyundai Ioniq has been around for a few years, we have yet to see one for storage. We got the opportunity to store one this past week. We were surprised to discover that the car has no 12 volt battery. That’s right, there is no starter battery. Almost every car has one (even fully electrics like Tesla and the Nissan Leaf) even if only to power the car’s accessories. After doing some research, it looks like Hyundai…

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State Farm’s Recommendations for Vehicle Storage

State Farm had a very appropriate blog post on their website about car storage. We posted it to our facebook page (follow us by the way!). There is lots of good information here. Some of which we echo on our own blog. The article specifically talks about the reputability of the car storage facility you pick. More specific than that, however (and something we’ve harped on before) is to pick a place that has been around for awhile.  Most auto storage…

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Scuffed Wheels? Refinish Them!

Another popular service we offer is wheel refinishing. Almost all new vehicles come with 18” or larger wheels with very low profile tires. It is almost inevitable that you will curb or scrape them. OEM wheels are also pricey! I just did a quote for a 2011 BMW 3 series wheel (non M) and it was over $400! The solution? Wheel refinishing! We are fortunate to work with a quality, consistent, and family owned wheel refinisher called American Factory Wheel….

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We Do It All: Jeep Project

Something that we wish more of our customers knew about were our extra services. For additional fees, we can perform all sorts of vehicle maintenance and care services: Paint, body, basic service, mechanical repair, plastidip. We work closely with reliable and skilled technicians that can competently repair and improve your vehicle while it’s in our care. The latest project we are proud of is this Jeep Wrangler. As you can see, the owner loves it. The whole Currie parts catalogue…

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SAVE YOUR TIRES: Bunkerwall Ramps

We have been blocking cars since our inception in 1968. That used to mean stacking wood blocks or using metal stands to lift the car off of its tires to prevent flat spots. We often recommend it for cars that will be stored for 1 year or longer. But generally modern tires hold up well in a storage environment, even without the blocks. However for those customers who want it, we have been moving away from that old method and…

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Vendor Highlight: Ace Radiator

There are many people and business we depend on to be able to deliver value to our customers. One of those businesses is Ace Radiator in Barrio Logan. Ace Radiator has been around since 1921 and has served us well for many years! They offer gas tank and radiator restoration for almost all applications. Their services are very useful for older cars whose radiators have become calcified and repro’s aren’t made or just don’t look as good under the hood….

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Don’t Waste Your Money On An OEM Trickle Charger

Many of our customers will want to bring in their own trickle chargers so that we can actively charge their car’s battery rather than disconnecting them. This is important for higher-end cars as they have more computers. Those computers need constant flow of the proper voltage. Choking that voltage by battery disconnect COULD cause warning lights and the car to misbehave in minor ways the next time you drive it. However, you don’t need to break the bank to ensure…

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How To Put Your Vehicle On a PNO Status

We get a lot of questions about suspending registration with the DMV. This is called ‘Planned Non Op Status’ or PNO . This will hopefully provide some answers on when and how to go about doing this. ***note that this is for the CA DMV only *** If your car isn’t going to be on the road for a while and you want to completely cancel your insurance, you need to put the vehicle on a PNO status with the…

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New Storage Tool: Tire Rests

Car storage is not a cutting edge industry…we think its pretty cool but not a lot of big leaps in tech. However every once in a while we do get to try out a new toy and sometimes it makes our jobs easier or the customer happier (maybe both?). This time it was the Tire Rest. The tire rest is an alternative to blocking. This particular one is branded as a tire rest but there are other designs called tire…

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Make Sure You Do This When Storing Your Tesla

We’ve had quite a few electric cars come through our doors now. One volt had even been stored with us for two years with no fuss. We’d like to think we have these electrics figured out but we had a surprise with two Teslsas (oddly at the same time) while in our care. The Key fob had gone completely dead. These keys are expensive so you could imagine our panic, thinking we were going to have to buy two new…

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Go to the South OC Cars and Coffee!

I decided to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn, clean my car and park it at the Outlets in San Clemente this past weekend. I am really glad I did. This is the cars and coffee for people who love everything. New Ferraris, Armored Cars, Off Roaders, Imports…everything. Best of all the owners are all super approachable and love their vehicles…no pretense, no snobbery. This is a weekly show on Saturdays from 7-9.

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How To Properly Check Your Oil (3 ways)

One of the most important things to do on your car is to check your fluids. This is especially important for cars that we store! However with the mix of old and new cars out there, even something as simple as checking your oil can be annoying and confusing. Here are 3 of the most common setups that we run across to measure how much oil is in your engine… Old School-The Dipstick The tried and true way (that is…

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