How to Store Classic Cars

How to Store Classic Cars

Need to Store Your Classic Car

Car enthusiasts have a huge passion when it comes to looking after their vehicle whether it's a classic, luxury or everyday car. Whether it's an everyday car, part of a collection or the sort that dreams are made of; when you store classic cars they need a great deal of care and attention.

Whilst classic cars might be driven all year round, most people take their pride and joy off the road for the winter season to prevent damage in the cold and damp weather.

Check out these tips for helping your classic car survive the winter months.

  • Location, location - the best place to leave a car is somewhere that is nice and sheltered, dry and airy. The main thing is that it isn't damp - you could use large silica gel sachets to absorb moisture. As most people will have to make do with using a garage, it's worth checking with a self storage centre to see if they offer car storage
  • Thoroughly clean the car - wash the dirt and grime from the car, get underneath there and scrub. Make sure the car is completely dry. Vacuum the boot and upholstery before waxing down the exterior to help prevent paintwork deterioration. Leave the windows slightly open so air can circulate
  • Drain the fluids - as oil breaks down over time, it's best to drain this from your vehicle and ideally this should be done when the car is still warm. Wear gloves to protect yourself from hot oil burns
  • Grease the joints - if your car has lube fittings, use clean grease on the steering and suspension fittings and the front wheel bearings. It's also worth greasing all the hinges, latches and locks to prevent them from seizing up
  • Bleed the brakes - as brake fluid attracts moisture into the system, to prevent deterioration, drain all the old fluids to leave a fresh, dry system with no worries about rust forming whilst the car is in long term storage
  • Pump up the tyres - if the car will be stored for while, it's a good idea to pump the tyres up beyond the normal recommended level. Monitor them to avoid flat spotting which can lead to tyre deterioration if the pressure is too low. Ensure tyre pressure is at legal levels before driving
  • Store the battery - due to lack of use, car batteries dan suffer in the winter. Once the battery loses it's charge, it can freeze. As it's the heart of your vehicle, it's best to remove it carefully and store it well. Or you could use a trickle charger that keeps the battery topped up
  • Fill her up - it might be tempting to store your car with minimal fuel, but an empty fuel tank can develop condensation which can lead to rust. Fill the tank to avoid this problem - there are a number of fuel preservatives that can prevent corrosion and oxidation etc
  • Cover it up - if you're putting a cover over your car, it must be breathable and soft so that the moisture in the air does not get stuck between the car and the cover. If the storage area is dry and relatively dust free a cover may not be necessary
  • Store and insure - whilst you may have taken every precaution to keep your pride and joy in tip top condition, it's worth shopping around for providers who have specialist classic car insurance which can be tailored to your requirements

We hope these tips have been helpful. Do let us know below if we've missed anything.

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