The two most expensive things you are likely to buy are a new car and a house. If you are lucky, these two investments will last more than twenty years. But if your classic car is will only live another year or two, why bother?
You may not care as much about your classic car as you do the other essentials in life, but you can reassure your wallet by extending the life of your car beyond its natural end. Even if you don’t drive it much, there are simple and essential ways to take care of your classic car.
Ship with care
The best thing you can do to extend the life of your classic car is to ship it with a reputable shipper. Experienced shipping professionals will carefully load your vehicle and transport it using an open or closed carrier depending on your preference and budget. Just make sure to choose a classic car transport company which is insured and bonded for maximum security.
Your car carrier will take the greatest care to load your car in the closed transport to travel sheltered from bad weather. Many classic cars are worth much more than new ones, so shipping costs tend to be higher for classic cars than new cars.
Use only specialized cleaning products
In today’s world, your car can have a large number of electronic components, all of which can stop working at any time. Therefore, it is more important than ever to take care of your classic car’s engine, so that it continues to run for as long as possible.
Specialty cleaning products designed for classic cars will help extend the life of the engine and other parts by removing dirt and grime that regular car washes can miss. Spray a combination of water and these cleaners, then use a soft cloth or sponge to remove the dirt.
Finally, rinse with water from a hose or nozzle. You can find everything from specialty shampoos to tire cleaners suitable for older vehicles online and at body shops.
Participate in all interviews
Maintenance is a crucial factor to consider when servicing your classic car. An ounce of prevention is better than cure: the minor repairs and improvements you make now will save you from having to deal with much bigger problems later.
Classic cars are prized for their vintage looks, which means original parts can be difficult or expensive to replace. Be sure to order spare parts online from reputable suppliers, and only if they are needed. If possible, try to repair damaged items yourself using replacement parts from another vehicle or local auto recyclers.
This way, you can avoid paying full retail price for unique items needed to keep your car in top running condition.
Keep tires properly inflated
Another thing you should inspect regularly is your tires, not necessarily just when there is an air leak. Keep your tires inflated at the correct level will help ensure safe handling and extend their life by reducing tread and sidewall wear. However, underinflated tires can also lead to overheating, leading to early failure.
Make sure you choose the correct tire size for your car and that enough tread remains before replacing any of these crucial components. If you notice that one or more tires are much lower than the others, it is best not to drive the car until they are repaired to avoid causing further damage. Otherwise, consult a mechanic for professional advice before fixing this problem yourself.
Monitor fluid levels
The engine and other parts of your classic car can be affected by changes in temperature and humidity. These factors will cause certain fluids to expand or contract, meaning there is a risk of leaks down the road.
Regularly check your oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid to make sure all are at the correct level. If you notice that any of your fluids are running low or, worse, empty, do not drive the car until you have filled it with an approved replacement.
It could cause further damage if any of these fluids were to run out. After adding new fluids, check again in a few days to make sure they haven’t dropped below acceptable levels.
The more effort you put into fixing and maintaining this vehicle quickly, the longer it will stay in top condition, which means it will be worth more money over time when you go sell it or trade it in. It will also get more positive attention if you take it out for display at any car show.