Portable Garages and Classic Cars

What’s the best way for sheltering a classic car? If you don’t own a brick-and-mortar garage, a portable garage with sidewalls should suffice. One auto advice columnist for the McPherson Sentinel gives a mentioning to such portable shelters to protect classic cars but also mentions about having an already-built garage delivered to your location to protect the car. His main favoring for the latter? Portable garages are prone to building up moisture during certain parts of the year. Is his assumption accurate, or is storing a classic car in a garage actually better for the vehicle long-term?

Shelter is needed for any vehicle, be it an ordinary car, seasonal vehicle, or classic car, to protect it from UV-rays and rain, as well as the build-up of any mold or mildew on the surface. To have all of these qualities, the shelter must be treated to be waterproof and UV resistant – or to have these qualities naturally – and should have enough air circulation to prevent mold and mildew from building up. In this case, a portable garage equipped with side walls has all of these qualities. The polyethylene canopy is treated to be UV-resistant and waterproof and added vents or a fan improve the air circulation.

Storing a classic car and a seasonal vehicle like a boat or RV isn’t significantly different. After all, all of these vehicles are used mostly in warmer weather and are kept in storage during the winter. Storage is crucial at all points during the year to prevent the surface and any internal parts from being damaged. During the summer months, the shelter should be equipped with vents, which need to be installed separately, and a fan inside to increase circulation. The winter months, however, don’t need as much. In either instance, check with local zoning or building codes first to see if you can add such a structure to your property to protect your classic car.