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long term car parking/storage

Postby aggsie » Thu, 09 Nov 2006 12:19 pm

I will be leaving singapore for a few months and I am looking for somewhere to park/store my car without it costing me an arm and a leg Anybody got any ideas?
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Postby Fonzie » Tue, 05 Dec 2006 1:04 pm

Leaving your car for a few months it's a bad bad idea.
Many car parts may not work after your return. Machine need to be use in order to stay in good condition.

1. you may rent out
2. you may pass to someone you can trust to use during your absent

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 Dec 2006 3:17 pm

Fonzie wrote:Leaving your car for a few months it's a bad bad idea.
Many car parts may not work after your return. Machine need to be use in order to stay in good condition.

1. you may rent out
2. you may pass to someone you can trust to use during your absent


Sounds like the height of foolishness to me.

It's illegal to rent out and he wouldn't have the proper insurance for it.

You may trust someone, but you cannot trust other people/motorists. also not a good idea.

While i don't know a place in Singapore for "Long-term" storage, I would suggest the following:

STEP 1: Choose a garage or other storage facility that's dry. Damp air will cause rust over a long period of time. (this one will be hard to find here if not impossible)

STEP 2: Fill the gas tank and add a fuel-stabilizing additive to prevent the gas from oxidizing and deteriorating. An empty or low gas tank will rust internally as moisture may accumulate inside the tank.

STEP 3: Relieve the weight from the tires and suspension system by putting the car up on jack stands (available for about $30 a pair - you'll need two pairs). Check with the owner's manual and/or a decent mechanic about the safest place to place the jack stands. Ensure you will have a way to refill/top up the air your tires as they tend to go slack after a while (depending how long it's been stored.

STEP 4: Wash and wax the car well to prevent corrosion.

STEP 5: Disconnect the battery (although it will probably need to be replaced later, anyway) so the alarm doesn't go off. For shorter term storage (when you're not in the area) you can ask a friend to start up the car every few weeks and let it run for five or 10 minutes (not in a closed garage however - carbon monoxide kills).

STEP 6: Cover your car with a good quality car cover or tarp. Even if it's in a garage. It will stop the car from being covered in bird crap, dust, and the cover, if heavy enough may prevent car door scratches if in a open car park where there is constant traffic.

If it's only about 2 or 3 months, removing the battery should be sufficient. You would need to have a long term parking contract obviously, but I don't think you should have any problems. This one has been stored for 25 years
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and still looks like the newly restored vehicle is was when I put in it the plastic bubble. (humidity controlled environment on the east coast of the US). I don't think any place like that exists here though. Possibly some of the antique car enthusiasts here in Singapore could be of more help.

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Postby Fonzie » Tue, 05 Dec 2006 3:43 pm

Please check www.lta.gov.sg or www.onemotoring.com.sg

It is legal to rent out or sub rent to a leasing company and seperate insurance can be arrange.

As for your point two... you are thinking too much. If anything happened,
please refer to point one.

Which car on the road can be 100% accident free??

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 Dec 2006 6:03 pm

Fonzie wrote:Which car on the road can be 100% accident free??


This one so far and it's 15 years old..... Never been scratched or bumped.

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Course it's not around Singaporean Kamikaze Drivers either! :cool:

The devaluation of a car that has had an accident isn't worth the temptation to try to make a buck or save a dollar, especially if you bought the car and put money into it to personalize it.


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