18 January 2021

Storing your antique or classic car in winter

Headlight of a classic car

Whether you decided to purchase a classic or antique car as a restoration project, investment or simply for the love of a specific brand or model, Aston Lark wishes to ensure that your vehicle is properly cared for.

With that in mind the cold, wet, winter months can be just as inhospitable for your classic or antique car as it is for people. Low temperatures, ice and salt could cause costly damage to irreplaceable or rare 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.

Here are five of our top winter maintenance steps to take to ensure that your classic or antique car maintains its value throughout the cold months:

  1. Have your vehicle fully serviced, which should include the following:
    • Oil and filter changed
    • Cooling system drained, cleaned and refilled
    • Air added to the tyres
    • A coat of underseal applied
  2. Have your car thoroughly washed and waxed—this should include applying grease 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.
  4. Have the air cleaner, air inlet and exhaust pipe(s) covered to prevent insects and rodents from getting into the car.
  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. Some specialists recommend using your car once per month on a dry, salt-free road for 15-20 minutes to prevent mechanical deterioration.

If you would like any further advice or an insurance quotation please do not hesitate to contact us.

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