Classic cars are timeless and priceless possessions that need proper care and maintenance. Here are some maintenance tips for your vintage car so that its value appreciates for the maximum return on your investment.
Why maintenance is required:
• High resale value: For most car collectors, vintage cars are an investment as the value of a vintage car appreciates with time. A well-maintained car speaks a thousand words about the original condition of the vehicle. A vintage car with original parts fetches a higher value than one with modern parts.
• Peace of mind: A well-maintained car will not be as prone to breakdown, and will therefore provide you with better dependability.
• Parts are rare: Sometimes parts of a vintage car are very difficult to find. That is why it is all the more important that such cars be maintained so that the need for a part replacement is minimized. If original parts are not available for replacement, than it is OK to source a good, used, working part instead.
• Winter is approaching: During the extreme cold of winter, vintage cars need extra care since they are not driven often.
If these care are not cared for in the winter, they will no longer be fun to ride in the summer. Caring for the cars in Winter will provide you with much more fun and dependability when you wake it up in the Spring and Summer.
Tips for maintaining classic cars:
• Keep it clean - A car needs good detailing before storage, including both the undercarriage and outside. Cleaning removes dirt, grime, salt and other things which lessen the shine, and reduce the longevity of the paint finish. Usually classic car enthusiasts wash their cars after every major drive. Please note that bird droppings on your paint is very corrosive to the painted finish of your car.
• Protecting the Paint Finish - A classic car with its original paint finish is much more desirable than one with a re-spray. In order to maintain the original paint finish, we reccomend polishing the car often with a good wax.
• Protection from the Elements - A classic car needs to be kept in a place that is neither too hot nor too cold, such as a climate controlled garage. When keeping the car in a garage for a longer period time, cover it with a soft, clean car cover.
• Engine maintenance - Engines of classic cars need special care and maintenance. If the car is not in use for a long time, it is advisable that the fuel be mixed with a fuel stabilizer to keep the carburetor clean and ensure a smoother drive. Also, engine oil should be replaced after a long period of storage. After the oil is replaced, start the engine so that the fresh oil will circulates and make a protective shield against corrosion.
• Take a drive - A monthly drive will keep the parts in running condition, and prevent the parts from possible corrosion. If you can't drive the car in Winter months, start it every once in a while, and let the engine go to operating temperature.
• Battery removal - If the car is not in use for a long period of time, remove the battery completely. After removing the battery, the battery tray and the battery terminals should remain clean. In order to ensure long life for the battery, make sure it is charged every 3-4 months, or leave it on a battery tender.
• Tire care - For Winter storage, a car needs to be raised on jack stands, or otherwise raised off of the ground. The car should be stored with hand brakes and gears off. The air pressure of the tires should also remain at the normal air pressure.