Owning a classic car is owning an exciting piece of history. Like any antique, it is important to take extra precautions to preserve its beauty and functionality. Follow these four basic tips and your investment can last you a lifetime.
Keep the Vehicle Covered
Rain, wind, and sun are the enemies of classic cars. Prolonged exposure to water promotes the development of rust. Rust will eat away at your car, requiring you to hunt down hard-to-find replacement parts. Wind can blow objects into your car, resulting in scratches and dents. Direct sunlight can cause excessive heat, which can negatively impact various aspects of your vehicle. The simple act of covering your vehicle or parking it in a garage will shield and protect it from the elements. It can keep your car looking beautiful and new while it is stored. It can also help prevent against repair bills such as getting out dents or scratches.
Regular Maintenance Inspections are Important
Even the most talented and knowledgeable professionals in any field need a second opinion now and then. If you perform your own car maintenance, you should still have your car checked regularly by a qualified mechanic. It is easy to overlook simple adjustments or repairs that could result in larger problems down the road. Additionally, a professional mechanic may be able to find parts that might be difficult to track down and can often get them at a discounted price. Make sure to bring your vehicle in, and we can inspect it for any issues that it might be having. This way you can ensure it is in the top condition possible when you need to drive it.
Wash and Wax the Vehicle
A detail clean is the cornerstone of good car maintenance. By regularly getting down and dirty and cleaning every nook and cranny of your vehicle you can avoid the damaging buildup of dirt and grime. A dirty car can lead to poor performance, rusted parts, and chipping paint. Make sure to rinse and dry your car thoroughly after washing to remove residual soap scum. You also might want to consider adding a coat of wax to protect it from the elements and keep it looking classy.
Drive it every Now and Then
While you might be inclined to safeguard your vintage auto by keeping it locked up in the garage, what is the fun in that? Getting out on the road and showing off your ride is not only a thrill, but it also keeps it running well. Allowing a car to sit around for prolonged periods of time increases the risk of corrosion and rust and can prevent it from staying in running condition. It is also easier to pinpoint potential problems when you are zipping around the neighborhood. It is important to protect your classic car as you would with any other major investment. Not only is it a valuable piece of history, classic cars can increase in value if properly maintained over time.