One of the most common classic car insurance questions asked by owners of vintage collector cars is “Does my vehicle have to be garaged?” The answer to this question is yes for several reasons. Your classic car insurance rates are lower based on the fact that vintage car collectors are very careful in both driving and storing their investment vehicles. When not being driven, classic cars need appropriate antique car storage that is environmentally controlled and secure from damage and theft.
If you are planning to store your classic for a lengthy amount of time (anything over a month), it is important to take maintenance steps to ensure that your vehicle is protected from deterioration. Taking these precautions now can prevent the harmful effects of inactivity as well as help avoid costly repairs.
- Tires – The tires on your classic car can develop tiny, spider-like cracks along the sidewalls that are signs of dry rot/tire rot. Dry rot is the degradation of rubber and plastic materials which is commonly caused by low inflation, inactivity, and excessive heat. Storing your classic in a climate-controlled garage and keeping tires inflated to manufacturer recommendations can help prevent dry rot. Remember to check your tire pressure once a month while in storage.
- Fluids – You should change the oil and filter in your classic car at least once a year. It is also recommended to change antifreeze, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid before putting the car into storage. Remember to lube all the valves as well.
- Battery – For maximum battery life, it is recommended to remove the battery from your classic car when storing long-term. Make sure the battery is fully charged before storage using a battery charger and store in a cool, dry place.
- Cover – Give your classic a thorough detailing and coat of wax before storage. Once your car is ready, chose a cotton flannel car cover that will be soft on your car’s paint while allowing air to circulate.
With the right care and proper protection, antique cars continue to increase in value. While storing your classic is important, don’t forget to give your car the ultimate protection with a classic car insurance policy from Classic Auto Insurance. We insure all kinds of vintage vehicles like antique cars, muscle cars, classic motorcycles, and hot rods. Get your free classic car insurance quote online today.
About the Author
Drew Yagodnik is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.