Keeping Your Classic Cars in Good Condition
Like other collectibles, classic cars get better with age. They also become more valuable with age if they are taken care of properly. Top classic cars can fetch hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars depending on their rarity and whether or not they are in demand at the time of the sale. Whether you are up-keeping your classic weekend driver or have already completed a full classic car restoration these tips will help keep your classic car in good condition. So, what are some things that you can do to keep your car in top condition for as long as you own it?
Proper Storage Is a Must
You can’t keep your car in the garage and hope that nothing happens to it. Even if you keep it out of the sunlight, oscillating temperatures during the day and throughout the year can wreak havoc on a vehicle’s exterior. You also have to consider that grime and dust can get on the car even if you have a cover on it.
Although it may cost more to do so, you should keep it stored in a climate controlled garage where professionals can keep an eye on it at all times. If you cannot afford private storage, you should keep it in a spot where the temperature is relatively steady and where you can keep an eye on it. This may mean installing a camera or having some other security system that you can keep track of at all times.
If the temperature gets too hot or too cold where the car is being stored, it should be moved immediately. You should know where you can take it for safe keeping in the event of an emergency. To further protect your investment, you may want to take out an insurance policy to help you recoup the cost of any necessary repairs if your car is damaged while in storage.
Don’t Forget to Conduct Routine Maintenance
Whether you own a late model vehicle or a classic car, you have to make sure that you are keeping up with its required maintenance. This may mean taking it to a car wash to keep the exterior clean or getting an oil change every few months whether or not you are driving the car regularly. You will also want to check the tires as well as the paint job for any scratches, dings or dents.
The car should be looked at by a mechanic or other expert who has experience working on classic cars. Generally, older cars are not constructed the same as modern cars, and the lack of an onboard computer may make diagnostics difficult. Therefore, you need someone who understands what he or she is looking at to ensure proper diagnosis of any issues that may need to be taken care of.
Keep Driving to a Minimum
You never want to drive an older car in difficult or messy road conditions. This may allow salt or other materials to accumulate on the exterior of the car. As a result, you may run the risk of allowing rust to form even if the car is properly washed after driving. Ideally, you will only drive it on highways without potholes or any other debris present.
After taking the car out for a drive, you should check it immediately for any damage or any debris that could cause damage. To keep the interior clean, you should never smoke in your car or drink anything other than water. Smoke can lead to permanent odors and discoloration of both leather and cloth seats. If you spill wine or soda, you could be left with a stain that won’t come out, which could lead to an expensive seat replacement job.
When transporting a vehicle from one location to another, make sure that it is done so by a professional. Your car should be the only one transported if possible to ensure that it doesn’t get scratched or damaged by another vehicle while being loaded or unloaded. You will also want to make sure that you have the ability to track the transport to keep tabs on it at all times.
Owning a classic car is something that you can be proud of for your entire life. However, if you are a true car lover, you will want to keep it in good condition for as long as you own it. Whether you are protecting your 80s American Muscle Car Classics or a vintage Model T, storing it properly, routine maintenance and minimal driving of the vehicle can help you enjoy the vehicle for years to come.