How To Store A Classic Car During Winter

Posted on January 25, 2016 By

Owning a classic car can be a proud feeling. No matter what the vehicle, be it a vintage Aston Martin, a rare Chevy, or an original Bentley, it is important to pay careful attention to how it is stored. If you are planning to keep your pride and joy safely locked away in a garage during the winter months, you must take steps to ensure that come the spring the engine and other components are still in good working order.

Leaving a vehicle sitting unused can be as damaging as driving it recklessly. The tips outlined below should help ensure that your classic car does not suffer any ill effect if left not driven for a number of months. A basic understanding of the correct storage techniques can keep the engine, chassis, and body in perfect condition.

Today your car may have a perfect finish, but if you were not to give the paintwork a thorough cleaning and waxing before storage it may not look so great when you next take it out on the road. Make the effort to remove dirt, this includes mud splashes, dead bugs, and so on.

Before locking the vehicle up for the winter, make sure you have emptied from inside any items that do not need to remain. Even a misplaced ball point pen can be a problem, if it was to freeze it may leak ink over the interior. You should only leave the most essential items in the car when it is not in use.

Did you know that if you were to leave your classic with a tank full of gasoline this can damage the fuel system? To help prevent this problem from developing, you should add a fuel stabilizer into the tank and allow the engine to run for five minutes to mix in the agent. It would also be of value to have a full tank of fuel as if there was too much empty space this can result in air condensing internally leading to rust.

If you live in a region where the ambient outdoor temperature fluctuates, this can cause your car’s bodywork to appear as if its sweating. What this actually is is moisture condensing on the paintwork. This best way to prevent this problem from blemishing the paneling is to compare and choose from a selection of car covers. You should also park the vehicle on top of rubber matting to prevent moisture from evaporating from the garage floor causing a problem.