Old cars can be a joy to own, but if you’re not careful you can lose your investment. Classic, antique, vintage, and all types of old cars require care and protection, just like any modern new or used vehicle. Unlike modern cars, they need more attention, more care, and more protection to keep them safe and in running order. If you don’t want to lose the money you put into your classic car, take some steps to protect it.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is purchase good insurance. Keep in mind though, that old cars usually require a special type of insurance policy. The same policy that protects your everyday car will not cut it for a classic or antique vehicle. Consult with an insurance company that specializes in classic and older cars to find the best coverage at the best price.
When you are not using your classic car, it is best to keep it stored. If you cannot afford a professional storage facility for old cars, your garage will work if you take the right steps. Use an indoor car cover to keep it clean. Use blocks to keep the car in place rather than leaving the parking brake on for any length of time. When storing it, run the car periodically and check the fluids. It is not a bad idea to change out the fluids before you put it in storage, especially if it will be in for a long time. If your garage is damp at all, use a dehumidifier.
Keeping old cars clean is also an important way to maintain and protect them. Clean the inside and out with appropriate and gentle cleaners, and do not forget the undercarriage, which is where rust can sneak in when you least expect it. When storing your car, clean it first and add a layer of polish to protect your chrome parts. When you keep your older car in good shape by protecting it you ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come.