Winter is just as inhospitable for classic and vintage/veteran cars as it is for people. Cold temperatures, ice and salt could cause costly damage to parts. In order to effectively preserve and protect the value of your car, you must take the proper precautions, which include performing thorough maintenance and purchasing a comprehensive classic car insurance policy.
Winter Maintenance Steps
Securely storing your car during the winter is vital to preserving it. Follow these five pieces of guidance to ensure that your classic or antique car maintains its value throughout the cold months.
1. Have the vehicle fully serviced, which should include the following:
- Oil and filter changed
- Cooling system drained, cleaned and refilled
- Air added to the tyres
- A top up coat of underseal applied if applicable
2. Have your car thoroughly washed and waxed
This should include applying grease or a proprietary protection to any chrome - before storing it in a well-ventilated garage with a dehumidifier. This will prevent the body from developing rust, and the wiring, seals and other rubber parts from deteriorating.
3. Have the car’s battery removed and stored off the floor.
You may want to consider using a trickle charger to keep the battery charged. Modern conditioning trickle chargers are a very good way to keep batteries in tip top condition.
4. Have all the air cleaner, air inlet and exhaust pipe(s) covered or plugged to prevent insects and rodents from getting into the car works.
5. Have the vehicle placed on jack stands to prevent flat spots on the tyres and preserve the car’s suspension.
While you may be tempted to drive your car on those rare warm and dry winter days, doing so can potentially introduce damaging moisture, salt and dirt to your car’s every nook and cranny. Still, some experts recommend using your car once per month on a dry, salt-free road for 15-20 minutes to prevent mechanical deterioration but always get the vehicle whether car bike or van up to operating temperature every time it is started to avoid start up corrosion and bore wash in the cylinder walls.
Antique or Classic Car Insurance
The most effective method to preserve the value of your classic car is with a robust insurance policy covering the correct valuation of you vehicle. Specialist Classic Policies can pay for the car’s full agreed value insured value with no depreciation in the event of a total loss, less your excess.
To learn more about protecting your classic vehicle, contact Higos Insurance Services Ltd at 01458 270 370 today.
For more information on how we can help protect your Classic Car, visit our Cherished Car page or complete our online quote request form.