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How to winterize your classic car

How to winterize your classic car

Winter is almost upon us, and an icy road is no place for your classic American muscle or a vintage coupe. If you want your used classic car retains its charisma and glamour, proper winterization and storage is essential.

Here’s what you need to know about the storage of used classic car this winter, so can have a trouble-free start-up in the spring.

  • Fill the tank with fresh fuel before leaving it in the storage unit. Also, it is essential to add a fuel stabiliser to protect if from rust and other issues that could hamper its smooth operation.  Fill the gas tank completely to prevent rust and moisture.

  • Cleaning your car completely will remove all debris and dust particles that can result in scratches when you cover your classic car.

  • Ensure that you vacuum, wax, and wash every corner of your car, so no part of your car rots or gathers mould.

  • Ensure that you use an antifreeze when storing your car in the cold, winter months. Check that it is not watery and make sure that you have added adequate amounts.

  • Place silica gel packs or freshly opened boxes of baking soda in your car’s interior and trunk areas to prevent moisture.

  • Any car opening can attract bugs or insects. Use plastic bags or aluminum foil to cover all the openings such as exhaust pipes, air inlet, air cleaner, etc. to prevent their infiltration. You can also try an ultrasonic repeller to help keep pesky pests away. Whichever method you choose to use, check regularly for signs of rodents, and be sure that your pest control method is not putting kids or pets at risk.

  • Always check the air pressure of the tires of your classic car online before moving your car to storage. This will prevent flat tires while the vehicle sits, and also makes it easy to handle the car when you decide to move it.

  • If you have a classic convertible car, ensure that you leave the hood down with windows closed, as convertible tops can get shocking creases when left down for a long time. If you have a regular car, make sure that you secure all the windows.

  • Place a proper cover on your car that adequately covers it when you feel that it is ready for storage. A plastic cover might serve as a good option to prevent moisture.

  • Choose a storage location that is dry and dark and has a limited access from blocked elements. Also, concrete flooring is a great option to keep away any moisture. However, if you must place your car on a grass or a dirt floor, do not forget to place a plastic barrier or carpet under the tires.

Taking adequate steps might prove to be little tedious, but come spring, and all your efforts will be well worth it when you get to drive your classic car back on the road without any hassles.