Keeping your old classic cars in storage can make them susceptible to a lot of damage as a result of inactivity, like rust (which can bad if it gets in the motor), cracks, chipped paint, mildew and a fading interior. As our favorite cars of the 20th century are getting even more classic and rare, it is becoming more and more important to take the necessary precautions to protect them while in storage. Whether you plan on driving these vehicles, tuning them up to sell for a profit or make a project out of restoring them, knowing how to keep them safe in storage is vital. Here are some ways you can preserve your classic car in storage.
- Make sure you drain all the car’s vital fluids during the winter. You don’t want the oil and other fluids in the car to freeze and cause internal damage that can be irreparable when you try and start the car again. Every winter, make sure you drain all the fluid, but make sure you wait until the car is off and cooled so that you don’t burn yourself.
- If you plan on storing your car for over 6 months you want to make sure to burn off all the fuel that is in the car. Fuel left inside the car for 6 months or more can cause all sorts of damage to parts, especially the carburetor. All you have to do is turn the car on and pump the gas petal until is all burned out. Make sure, though, that you are not in enclose space or a garage and make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
- You also want to find the best cover for your car that won’t let in moisture that can damage the car’s paint job. Often times, cars have original paint jobs that are highly valuable, but are susceptible to rust when left unattended. Cotton flannel fabric is the best, because it will allow air to flow sufficiently. Polyester covers can cause fluid and moisture to build up, which can damage the car’s paint job.
- You can also think about purchasing classic car insurance. This will give special coverage to protect your classic car from all the risks that these cars are susceptible to. Most classic cars are built in an entirely different way than the cars that are manufactured today which can make them even more susceptible.
- Lastly, you want to give your classic car a good detailing before it goes in storage. This can include a protective wax for the paint job, a sealant for the chrome and leather interior, and you also want to make sure that there are no food particles, because you don’t want bugs, rats or other creatures living in your car while it’s in storage. In most cases, leaving the car in the most pristine condition and then covering it with a good protective sheath will keep your classic car safe in storage for a long while.