Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 13th June 2017

For some, owning a classic car is the culmination of a life-long dream. You could have gone from staring at a poster of your favourite car to finally having it in your garage. Now that you have it, maintaining the vehicle is important. Here is our guide on how you can maintain your classic car.

Clean the car thoroughly

Cleaning your car means more than washing and waxing the exterior. If the car isn’t cleaned properly then rust can build up, leading to mechanical problems. But you’ll also need to clean the interior and check under the bonnet as well. The longer you spend on cleaning your car, the more likely you are to come across any issues that you can take care of yourself. This means you’ll save money because you won’t have to rely on a mechanic.

Focus on the interior

The interior of the car needs to be checked as thoroughly as the outside. Start by inspecting the dashboard as it can suffer from wear and tear over a long period of time. If the dashboard pad has faded then you can repaint it.

Next, check the seats for any fabric damage. Also, as time goes on, the foam inside the seat can wear away and make driving uncomfortable. If the seats are damaged then it could be worth replacing them with new ones.

Want to know how to prepare your classic car for new upholstery? Check out our handy guide.

Make sure the car is waterproof

Over time, the seal on your car doors will start to erode and tear in the rain. At first, you may only notice wind coming through. In the long term, the gaps will grow and rain will get into the car. To stop this from happening, replace the rubber strips on the door.

Tyre maintenance

Looking after the tyres is an essential part of classic car maintenance. Tyre maintenance is a simple process and you can increase the performance of the car by making sure they are properly inflated. To avoid accidents you should check for any punctures and ensure the tread is correct.

You’ll be able to keep your classic car in top shape by following these steps. Finding the right insurance can also make a difference. As classic car insurance brokers, we offer policies for a range of models, including Aston Martins and Minis.