Classic Car Storage Tips

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Your Classic Car

Was Santa very, very good to you this year?  Was there a gorgeous Classic Car sitting under your Christmas tree?  Regardless of how you acquired your vintage automobile, chances are you spend more time storing it than driving it.  This happens for many reasons, including the fact that many states limit how often older cars – who were built using different standards than today’s – can be out on the road.  

 

Caring for your Classic Car

Volk’s wants to offer you tips on how to store this beautiful investment for extended periods of time, especially during the winter when road conditions aren’t ideal for driving.  Here are just a few ways to make sure that your classic car hibernates properly over the next few weeks and months…

 

Classic Car Storage Tips

  1. Know Your Location: You’ve given the classic car a good cleaning and you know exactly where to store it in order for it to stay safe.  Great!  But the truth is, you need to take it a step further… Give your storage space, like a garage, a thorough inspection.  Are their loose ceiling panels or light fixtures that could fall and damage the car?  Are their rakes, brooms, or other pieces of lawn equipment that could fall and dent the sides?  Remember Murphy’s Law…if it could happen, it probably will.  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!
  2. Don’t Forget Animals: Mice and other rodents don’t know the difference between your classic car and any other warm and cozy spot they can find.  Make sure that they can’t access it and nest up for the winter.  
  3. Be Vigilant in the Summer: Hot air can build up inside you classic car and create pressure that could potentially crack and break windows.  Keep those windows rolled down during heat waves and warm summer months to let air circulate.
  4. Look Into Private Storage:  This is the most expensive option, yes.  But if you don’t have an appropriate storage space at home, finding a professionally run, climate-controlled facility might be a necessary investment.  There are also Classic Car shared garages with a professional staff that is insured and reputable…check out all the details before handing them the keys!

 

Preparing your Classic Car for Storage

  1. Consider a Professional Cleaning Service: Again, you want to do your homework and make sure that a car detailing service has ample experience working with classic cars.  When the cleaning process is through, the car should be completely dry before storage.  When you cover a car and their is moisture still trapped inside, it can create corrosion which will lead to long-term damage…damage that is difficult to fix.
  2. Keep Those Tires Up: Are you planning on keeping your car stored for an extended period of time, like three months or more?  Then you should use jack stands to elevate the car and keep the tires off the ground.  Tires can develop a flat spots more easily if left sitting for a long  period.  Most of the time, these flat spots disappear after a short drive, but damage can be long-term if they sit for more than three months.  
  3. Fill it up: With new oil and a full tank of gas, that is.  If you leave dirty oil sitting inside the care during storage, rust can begin to form inside the engine.  A full tank of gas also stop any moisture from gathering in the empty parts of the tank.  And don’t forget to remove the spark plugs if you’re storing for six months or more!  This can also cause rust and corrosion if you’re not careful.  
  4. Consult an expert: With such a monetary investment, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  If you have any remaining questions, you should consider contacting local classic car restorers who have years of experience and culminated advice.  

 

And what’s the number one thing to do for your classic car?  Insure it, of course!  Contact us today for an estimate!  

 

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