Contrary to what some people think, maintaining a classic car is not about keeping it nice and clean indoors. More importantly than that is to treat and preserve your vehicle’s engine, keeping the fluids in check and driving it as often as you can.
With today’s post, we intend to assist first timers with a classic car on what the steps for keeping their collection protected and taking care of it the right way. For this purpose, we have come up with 5 tips you should follow to keep your classic car in shape.
1. Regular checkups
Most car collectors know a lot about mechanics and usually perform their own car maintenance. Even if maintaining your vehicle in good shape is part of your hobby as a collector, you should still have your car checked regularly by a qualified mechanic. This will avoid the occurrence of any problems down the road in consequence of you having overlooked a simple adjustment or repair that needed to be done. As well as that, a professional mechanic will also be able to easily find car parts at a better price than an average person.
2. Consistent waxing and cleaning
Cleaning and waxing your car on a regular basis is a must. Give it a good handwash once in a while, in order to keep it far from salt, grime and other impurities that could cause permanent damage to the exterior of your car. After you wash it, make the car’s paint shine with some good waxing, that could be done every 6 months or so. And don’t forget to clean and protect the interior of your vehicle as well! After all, the car needs to pass the same impression from the exterior in its interior too.
3. Pump the breaks
If you have a beautiful and well maintained looking classic car, with a loud engine, it will definitely get people looking. However, you want to make sure that the only loud noise is from the vehicle’s engine, and not from its breaks squealing. To avoid that, it is also important to keep the breaks in good condition, pumping them every time you can or feel the need to do so.
4. Take it for regular rides
We know that collectors are overprotective with their car, and some are even afraid of taking them out of their garage. However, what is the fun of collecting classic cars if you are not able to take them for a spin? Besides of giving you pleasure to drive it around and meet other collectors at car expositions, it will also ensure that your car gets its regular ride to keep the engines running properly and ensure that everything is ok with it.
5. Keep it covered
Excess of natural exposure of any kind (rain, wind, snow or sun) could be a damage to classic vehicles. Prolonged contact with water, for example, can cause the development of rust. The wind could blow some objects to your car, which could result in scratches and dents. Direct sunlight can cause excessive heat, which will damage your vehicle in several different ways. Snow could lead up to freezing your engine. And the list doesn’t stop there. The simple act of covering your car or parking it in garage with a good structure will protect your vehicle and avoid the occurrence of any incident.
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