Owning a classic car is a dream of many car enthusiasts. In fact, it may well become your most prized possession, so keeping your classic car in good condition is incredibly important. This care goes beyond keeping the car sparkling clean inside and out, so how can classic car owners take proper care of their car?
This is even more relevant in the current COVID-19 climate, which may mean that car owners cannot use their cars as often as they usually would and so would like to make sure that their classic cars stay in great working order.
To help classic car enthusiasts keep their cars in top condition, we have put together some top tips on how to give your car the love and care it deserves.
Book regular check-ups
Even if you know a lot about mechanics and enjoy performing your own vintage car maintenance, you still need to have your car checked over regularly by a qualified mechanic.
A friendly, knowledgeable team with years of expertise, Autoprep are on hand to check over your classic car and carry out any repairs that might need to be done, saving you money in the long run and maintaining the value and appearance of your vehicle. You can find out more about our paintwork repairs and other services here.
Vintage cars require quite a lot of maintenance, and it can be easy for a hobby-mechanic to miss a simple adjustment or repair that needs to be carried out. This can lead to further problems down the road, resulting in higher cost or damage to your car.
On top of this, a professional might be able to find car parts at a far lower price than the average car owner.
Park it in a safe place
One of the biggest considerations of owning a classic car is where to store it. Many owners who are restoring or working on their vehicle might choose to store it in a garage or carport.
Wherever you’re storing your classic car, make sure the area is dry and well-ventilated, because even the smallest amount of moisture can lead to corrosion and rust. This is especially true in the winter months when the air and weather is a little more damp.
You might even want to consider investing in a dehumidifier to keep your car in tip-top condition.
Furthermore, if you own a soft-top convertible, you should always leave it with the hood up. Otherwise, moisture can accumulate in the folds of the fabric, leading to mould and mildew.
Keep it squeaky clean
Keeping your car free from grime, dirt, and grit is incredibly important. Cleaning, washing, and waxing your car regularly will help protect your paintwork and metalwork from damage, saving you the pain and expense of having it repaired.
Protect it from the sun
Vinyl roofs are a cool and common feature of 60s and 70s cars, but these roofs can easily be damaged by the sun over time. To stop the sun from damaging your classic car, you can apply silicone to help stop it from drying out and cracking.
You can also use a windscreen shade when you park in the sun to keep the sun off your vinyl dash pad, helping protect it from cracking. As an added bonus, it will keep the inside of your car cool and comfortable!
Give the engine a run
Just like batteries on modern cars need to be looked after, classic car batteries need some TLC. This is even more true if you’re not using the car on a regular basis, as the battery can quickly lose charge.
Check the fluid levels in your car and battery regularly, and make sure you run the engine for at least 15 minutes every few days to recharge the battery.
You can also use a trickle charger to keep your battery topped up.
Cover it up
Too much exposure to rain, wind, snow, and sun could damage your classic vehicle. This could lead to rust, scratches, dents, fading, or warping, all of which can affect the value of your car and be expensive to repair.
Simply using a breathable, waterproof car cover and parking it somewhere safe will help protect your car and avoid any damage from the weather.