More fleets are implementing vehicle storage as a strategic practice to ensure optimum vehicle availability at the lowest cost. 

Implementation includes:

  • Optimizing storage locations.
  • Employing proper maintenance during storage.
  • Utilizing technology for efficient management.

Let’s look at a detailed approach based on the comprehensive steps taken by the fleet vehicle logistics experts at PARS:

Choosing the Right Storage Facility

Selecting an appropriate storage facility is crucial. For fleets, especially those with high-value or sensitive vehicles, indoor or covered storage options are preferable to protect vehicles from the elements and reduce potential damage. 

This can lower maintenance costs and extend the life of the vehicles. Facilities should be secure, well-lit, and have adequate space to prevent damage during parking and retrieval.

Regular Maintenance and Preparation

Vehicles stored for extended periods should undergo regular maintenance checks to ensure they remain in optimal condition. These checks include: 

  • Changing oils and fluids to prevent corrosion inside the engine for extended time frames.
  • Maintaining tire pressure and using tire stoppers to avoid flat spots.
  • Start and drive the vehicles regularly to keep the battery charged and the mechanical parts in good working order.

Utilization of Technology for Fleet Management

Implementing fleet management software can significantly enhance the efficiency of vehicle storage and retrieval processes. 

These systems can help track which vehicles are available, monitor maintenance schedules, and suggest the most efficient retrieval strategies based on usage patterns. GPS and telematics systems can also be integrated to monitor each vehicle’s condition and readiness remotely.

Strategic Location of Storage Facilities

The location of storage facilities should be strategically chosen to minimize transportation costs and time when vehicles are needed. Proximity to major roads and areas of operation can reduce the time it takes to get vehicles out of storage and into operation. 

Additionally, considering the proximity to maintenance facilities can also be beneficial for conducting any necessary repairs or regular maintenance. 

Efficient Space Utilization

Maximizing the use of space within storage facilities can reduce costs by allowing more vehicles to be stored in a smaller area, thus reducing the cost per vehicle. Effective layout planning, such as the orientation of parking aisles and the use of vertical storage solutions where appropriate, can increase the capacity of storage areas. 

Cost-Effective Security Measures

Investing in robust security measures such as surveillance cameras, secure fencing, and gated access can prevent theft and vandalism, thereby avoiding potentially high replacement costs. These security measures not only protect the fleet but also reduce insurance premiums. 

Adapting to Seasonal and Operational Needs

Flexibility in storage solutions, such as varying the number of vehicles stored based on seasonal demand or operational workload, can optimize costs. This dynamic approach prevents overcapacity in storage and reduces unnecessary storage costs during lower demand periods. 

By implementing these strategies, a fleet can ensure that vehicles are stored efficiently, remain in ready-to-use condition, and are available when needed, all while keeping costs to a minimum. For expert help in utilizing storage as a way to optimize vehicle utilization, reach out to the PARS logistics team by calling (800) 728-2211 or emailing