Buying a classic car is one of the best decisions you can make. We’ve spoken before at length about why that is the case, but the actual purchase is only the first step in a long process.
Once you’ve become a classic car owner, it is essential that you properly maintain your vehicle. Classic cars represent a solid investment, provided they are cared for in the right way. Here, we explain how to ensure that your classic car receives all the attention and care it needs.
1) Use it!
While it may be tempting to wrap your classic car in cotton wool and not risk touching it for years, that’s exactly the opposite of what you should be doing.
It is extremely important to run or use the car at least once a month, as not using these vehicles regularly can dry up seals, cause leaks, and lead to all manner of costly issues. We would advise running the car more frequently than once a month, though; see the once monthly rule as a bare minimum.
Apart from anything else, there is little point in owning one of the best cars ever made if you’re not going to drive it. Keep the engine running, and enjoy the ride!
2) Keep it covered
This point may appear to contradict the previous one at first glance, but bear with us.
While you must use your classic car and take it out on a regular basis, you should also keep it covered when the vehicle is not in use. Excessive exposure to the elements, such as wind, rain, and snow, can cause significant damage. Invest in a cover for your vehicle, and we would strongly advise that you keep it in a garage whenever possible. The garage should be kept at a reasonable temperature, and ensure the humidity is kept to a minimum.
In addition to the actual conditions your car is kept in, simply removing your classic car away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world is no bad thing. Accidents can happen out there in the world of pedestrians and traffic, so do yourself a favour and don’t expose your car to any of it.
3) Essential tools
Keep it simple when it comes to maintenance tools; cleaning equipment such as buckets, rags, and a dependable soap should be enough to keep your car looking and feeling its best. Ensure that the soap you use uses a tried and tested car wash formula, however, as standard washing up liquid or dish soap can damage the car’s wax and bodywork.
For any more complex, structural work, we would strongly advise against making any mechanical alterations or fixes unless you’re extremely confident in your ability to do so successfully. As a rule, you should ask for a qualified mechanic’s opinion before attempting any significant alterations yourself.
4) Don’t be afraid of asking for help
Although many classic car owners do prefer to work on their car independently, being stubborn about your vehicle’s maintenance is never to be advised.
As we’ve just mentioned, we would advise that you seek professional assistance when it comes to the car’s mechanical functionality. Servicing your car and regularly checking it in will avoid any oversights or unexpected costs.
Our classic cars
We specialise in classic cars here at London Morgan, and are always happy to advise when it comes to our own vehicles and others. You can view all of our cars by selecting a model from our site’s menu, but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.