If you are the proud owner of a classic car, it is important to maintain it properly. The process of buying a classic car is exciting and challenging. You take measures to research the vehicle you want to make sure it is in good condition. If there were problems with how it has been maintained over the years or decades, then the restoration process can be extensive and costly.
The reasons for taking good care of your classic car are many. One of the top reasons is the value of the car. You know from being a fan of the classic car markets that well-maintained vehicles retain and even gain in value over time extremely well. That makes your investment in your classic car a good financial move. However, that investment is only going to retain its value if you take good care of that gorgeous classic vehicle.
Here are a few steps you can take to keep that classic automobile in pristine condition for many years.
· Routine maintenance still counts!
There are numerous things you do to your utility vehicle, like the family car, to keep it in good shape. Those steps include a regular tune up, rotating the tires, changing the oil and flushing the radiator, among others. All of these types of routine maintenance should be done to your classic vehicle as well. Even if you do not put a lot of miles on your collector car, it is important to give it regular care with as much attention that you would the car or truck you use every day.
Do not go with the “every 6,000 mile” rule for changing the oil or for other types of maintenance. Put your classic car on a regular schedule of maintenance so it stays lubricated and the fluid levels are fresh and ready to take care of the vehicle when you do want to take it out to show it off.
· A clean classic car is a happy classic car.
This maintenance step is also one you should try to do for your everyday vehicles. Even if the car stays in the garage quite a bit, you should plan to wash it and provide routine cleaning inside and out for the vehicle. Dirt and other debris can cause the interior or the body of the car to go downhill fast. When you are caring for an older car, you should give extra tender loving care to keeping it clean. Avoid automated car washes. Instead, clean every part of the car by hand so that you can take care not to be rough with those classic parts of the car. Also pay attention to the engine so that oil or other engine gunk doesn’t turn that classic engine into a maintenance nightmare.
· Weather is not your classic car’s friend.
This maintenance step is one most classic car collectors do by instinct, but it is worth repeating that your classic vehicle should be kept out of the elements. A garage or some form of shelter is the best way to protect your car, but if it must be outdoors, buy a cover that will keep the elements out of direct contact with your vehicle.
· Last but certainly not least, drive your car!
A car is not made to sit and be admired exclusively. To properly allow the fluids in the car to keep the parts pliant and working correctly, your classic car should get out on the road regularly. You don’t have to take it cross country, but a spin around the neighborhood once a week will do the trick. Your classic car will thank you and your neighbors will get a kick out of seeing that beautiful classic machine cruising by their windows.