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5 Tips for Preparing Your Classic Car for Winter

Not planning on using your classic car in the winter time?  Good idea.  Best to keep that priceless beauty of yours safe and stored away from the cold, the snow, the salt, the rust, and all of the other unpleasant elements that come with the cold winter months.  Winter time can be a fun season for some, but it is brutal on classic cars.  Listed below are some basic tips for storing your classic and making sure it will retain its glory and beauty through the season and onwards:

1. Clean your car and give it a good waxing to protect it.  You should always clean your car thoroughly when you won’t be using it for a while.  That goes without saying.  As for waxing, the car will be sitting collecting dust for months and you don’t want anything to happen to that pristine finish you worked so hard to put on.

2. Check the fluid levels.  This is something you should do for any car, not just classic cars.  You’ll want to check the oil, coolant, and fuel levels too. First check the oil and make sure the oil level is correct.  Next up is the coolant.  Check the coolant, and make certain you correctly mix the proper amount of coolant and fill the radiator up to the top so it’s ready for next year.  This also prevents ice from getting in there and messing things up.  Next up is fuel.  BE sure to treat your gasoline with a stabilizer so that it won’t go bad while it sits.  Be sure that you let the car run with the fuel stabilizer, proper coolant levels, and proper oil levels.  Then turn it off.

3. Make sure animals can’t disturb your car.  Little bugger animals try to get out of the cold as much as we do, and they see a beautiful, priceless classic and think of it as the ideal nesting place.  You need to take extra caution to make sure than critters and animals and insects can’t get to your car.  Really make sure that it is stored in a secure place and that there is no chance whatsoever that something will be able to get to it and mess it up or damage it in any way.

4. Disconnect the battery so that it doesn’t drain electricity unnecessarily.  Your car’s not going anywhere right?  It is getting stored after all. It’s wise to remove the battery completely and store it in a warm place like your basement or closet.  Batteries do not do well in a cold space, and the definitely don’t do well on a cold, cement floor. Most classic owners tend to put their batteries on a block of wood in their basements or in a closet somewhere.

5. Put your car up off the ground by using jack stands so that the weight is off the tires.  Your tires will last much longer and will be less likely to blow a flat if you do this.  Only use top quality jack stands that are rated for long term use, and only put them on secure points of the frame of the car that are meant for jack stands.  This is very beneficial too in more ways than one because it removes all of the strain and tension and weight from the tires and the suspension, areas that only worsen with time if the car is not being used.

6. Wrap your car in a high quality car cover to keep it protected all winter long from dust and debris.  Don’t just use a tarp either.  It’s strongly recommended to go big or go home on this one and to buy a quality car cover.  It will actually get the job done and keep you beauty clean and safe all winter long.  No sense covering it in something that is not made specifically made for that purpose.

These are just a few ways to protect your car, but they are by far the most important.  Follow them every year and your classic will retain its pristine beauty and infinite appeal for years to come.

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