A classic car is typically defined as any car that is older than 20 years old; however, most classic cars that are older than 50 are considered antique cars. There are a lot of great classic cars, including the 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, the 1961 Jaguar E-Type and the 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.7. Regardless of the type of classic car that you are blessed to own, there are three key factors to consider when taking care of it.
Keep it Protected
For starters, you will definitely want to keep insurance on the vehicle. In addition to standard coverages for comprehensive and collision insurance, it’s important that you don’t overlook uninsured motorist protection. Specifically, uninsured motorist property damage (UMPD) coverage will help pay for damage to your vehicle when you have an accident with an uninsured motorist or experience a hit-and-run. Additionally, with a classic car, you should look for an insurance policy that goes off of agreed value rather than actual cash value models.
You will also want to make sure to protect it from the elements. If the car is exposed to rain or snow, then it can start to rust. Wind can blow things into your car, leaving dents that you will need to repair. Paint oxidation caused by exposure to direct sunlight or ocean air can require you to repaint the entire car. When you have to repaint the car and replace original parts, it can lower the car’s value substantially. Therefore, make sure to keep your car stored in a secure location.
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Check the Fluids
It is essential to check the fluids in the car regularly. Know the type of engine oil used by the car and check it regularly. It is also essential to keep an eye on the transmission fluid, water level, and brake fluid. If the car has air conditioning or power steering, then you will need to watch those too. With so many fluids to check, keeping your garage clean and organized for car maintenance is essential.
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Detail the Car
Along with protecting the car from the elements, you need to detail it often. Start by cleaning the engine components and undercarriage as you may accidentally splatter grease as you work. Work in the shade from the top of the car to the bottom as you do not want to spread brake dust across your clean automobile. Always use a product specifically made for automobiles. Finally, dry the car with a chamois or high-quality microfiber towel and apply tire dressing if you desire.
After you have done all the hard work to take care of your classic car, then make sure to drive it regularly. Letting it sit for too long encourages the motor to lock up, hoses to become brittle and other parts to wear faster. Additionally, having a classic automobile means you can show it off to your pals or at a classic car show.
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