What Are Vehicle Storage Units?


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Vehicle storage units are indoor or outdoor spaces available to rent for short-term or long-term storage of vehicles. Self-storage facilities may offer vehicle storage units. Renting a standard self-storage unit large enough to hold the vehicle is also an option.

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Outdoor car storage options are usually simply a paved parking lot, often within an enclosed lot surrounded by a fence. Additional security features may include video surveillance and limited entry into the lot. Some outdoor vehicle storage facilities offer covered outdoor spots. Vehicles are still stored outdoors, but they have a roof over them to provide protection from weather elements such as hail, precipitation and sunlight. While the roof won't protect a vehicle from all damage and weather elements, it does provide more protection than parking in an open lot.

An enclosed garage-style vehicle storage unit offers the greatest protection for a vehicle in storage. Some facilities may have dedicated garages for rent to store vehicles. When renting a standard storage unit for a vehicle, the size should accommodate the vehicle.

A 10-by-15-foot garage typically holds standard cars and small SUVs, although the unit won't have much extra space or clearance around the vehicle. A 10-by-20-foot garage accommodates most trucks, vans and SUVs. For vehicle owners with very large trucks or vans, or for those who want to store other items in the unit, a 10-by-30-foot storage unit is an option.

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