When you make plans for a long trip to another city or state, you may have to decide whether it is best to drive, fly, or ride the train. After concluding that you will not be driving, you need to figure out what to do with your vehicle. At another time, you may be able to park your car in your driveway, garage, or private parking space. But, this is not possible for some people. A trip of several months means you should rent a storage unit for the entire duration to store your vehicle.

Stop the Development of Paint Oxidation

When you park your car outside, the paint will naturally oxidize over time. This is unavoidable unless you are able to keep the vehicle in an area that is not exposed to the sun. Trying to park your car where it will not be exposed for most of the day should be a top priority. But, even if you were to put an effort into parking the car under a tree to get some shade, this could lead to other problems such as branches falling down. Renting a storage unit is the most surefire solution to avoid the furthering of paint oxidation.

Protect Your Car from Damage

Another thing that you have to worry about if you were to park your car on the street is damage from other people. This could be in the form of someone walking by and vandalizing the vehicle. It could also happen if someone were to carelessly drive by your car and end up scraping the side. The worst-case scenario is a driver completely totaling your vehicle, which is possible while it is parked on the street.

Avoid Vehicle Theft

Even if your car is equipped with an anti-theft device, it may not be that effective at doing its job when you are going to be far away from your vehicle for several months. A thief could keep an eye on your car and scope out the surroundings to find the perfect time for stealing your vehicle without getting caught. You will feel much more comfortable knowing your car is safe and sound in a covered storage unit.

While you will have to pay for a few months of storage, you will appreciate the peace of mind that it gives you while you are on your trip and it will save you from thousands of dollars in potential damage. For more information, contact local professionals like Sentry Mini-Storage Inc.