Fall has arrived, and for classic car enthusiasts, it means it’s time to start thinking about storing your beloved vehicle for the colder months. Properly storing your classic car is essential to protect it from the elements and keep it in pristine condition until the next driving season. Here are some essential tips for ensuring your classic car remains in top shape while it’s tucked away for the winter.
- Clean and Detail Your Car: Before storing your classic car, give it a thorough wash and wax. Cleaning the car not only helps to remove dirt and grime but also prevents any stains or corrosion from setting in during the storage period. Don’t forget to clean the interior and apply a leather conditioner if needed.
- Change the Oil and Fluids: It’s a good idea to change the oil and other fluids in your classic car before storing it. Fresh fluids can help prevent corrosion and ensure everything is lubricated properly during the storage period.
- Protect the Engine and Fuel System: Add a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank to prevent the fuel from deteriorating and clogging the fuel system. It’s also a good practice to disconnect the battery or use a battery maintainer to ensure it doesn’t go flat during the storage period.
- Keep the Tires Properly Inflated: Overinflated or underinflated tires can develop flat spots when the car is parked for an extended period. Keep your tires properly inflated and consider using tire cradles or placing the car on jack stands to take the weight off the tires.
- Choose the Right Storage Location: When storing your classic car, find a clean, dry, and climate-controlled space. A garage or storage unit is ideal, as it shields your vehicle from the elements and potential pests.
- Use a Quality Car Cover: Invest in a breathable, high-quality car cover to protect your classic car from dust and potential moisture while allowing for proper ventilation.
- Regularly Start and Run the Engine: If possible, start your classic car and let it run for a short period every few weeks. This prevents the engine components from getting too stiff during extended periods of inactivity.
- Keep the Trailer Clean and Dry: If you’re storing your classic car in a trailer, ensure the trailer itself is clean and dry. Moisture can lead to rust, so use moisture-absorbing products and consider using a dehumidifier if needed.
- Document Your Car’s Condition: Before closing the trailer, take detailed photos of your classic car and note any existing issues. This documentation can be useful for insurance purposes and as a reference when you take your car out of storage.
- Review Your Insurance Coverage: Contact your SurNet Insurance Group broker to discuss any adjustments or specific coverage considerations for your classic car during storage. They can help ensure that your vehicle remains protected throughout the fall and winter months.
Storing your vehicle for the winter season isn’t only for classic or luxury car owners. Maybe you drive a winter car and want to keep your sporty or newer car in good condition for the summer months. Some people fail to realize that the process takes a lot more than tossing a sheet over the car and putting it in the garage from November to March. Shielding your car from the harsh Canadian winter has its advantages.
By following these steps, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your classic car is securely stored and ready to be enjoyed when spring returns. At SurNet Insurance Group, we’re here to assist you with any insurance-related questions or concerns, so feel free to reach out to our experienced team. Enjoy the beauty of autumn, and we look forward to helping you prepare your classic car for its seasonal hibernation.