This post was originally published on May 31, 2012.
With colder Cleveland weather upon us, you’re likely to see less classic and antique cars out on the road to decrease risks associated with harsher conditions. Classic car owners know that these historic vehicles require special care to maintain their unique exteriors, and to ensure they are running properly. Proper storage conditions, combined with a comprehensive maintenance plan, will help to ensure your classic or antique car will be poised for a smooth ride, and a long life.
Keep a strict and regular maintenance routine for your classic or antique car in order to pinpoint deterioration, such as rust, right away. This is especially true as you prepare to store your valuable vehicle for the season.
- Make sure there’s some fuel in the tank.
- Thoroughly wash and wax the exterior for added protection.
- Add fuel stabilizer to prevent gas breakdown.
- Change the oil and filter, and top off all fluids.
- Pull the spark plugs, add some oil and replace.
- Prep the battery for storage by hooking up a battery tender, or removing.
While commonly used for weather-related or long-term storage, self storage is an ideal solution for your classic car all year long, providing the space and environmental conditions needed for optimum storage as the seasons change.
Protect Your Investment
Since classic and antique cars are generally high in value, take the time to find or update your insurance plan to ensure it covers the market valueif an accident or theft should occur.
When using self storage, it is important to note that storage facilities will not insure your car on your behalf. While damage and theft is extremely rare, having proper coverage for your car will help give you peace of mind and the protection you need.
Your All-Year-Long Solution
While many view car storage as a seasonal or situational need, it’s an essential component of protecting the interior and exterior of your antique car all year long. Proper, year-round maintenance and the right storage conditions will help to ensure that your car is protected and safe across all seasons.
Do you have an antique or classic car? Share your maintenance tips with us!