Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 22nd May 2014

Are you doing everything you can to keep your classic car looking its best? You don’t need to be told that your classic car is a thing of beauty. So if it’s in tip-top condition you want to keep it that way – and that takes commitment. Here are a few tips to help you give your car the care it deserves.

Storage

Keep it in a garage or storage unit that is free of damp. Metal and chrome can quickly become tarnished if you don’t look after them correctly. You might want to invest in a carcoon – a bubble you can store your car in. It is probably the next best thing to wrapping it in cotton wool.

Turn the ignition?

Make sure you start the engine at least once a fortnight and take it for a short drive if possible. If not, leave the engine running for a few minutes each time before turning it off again.

Avoid using the handbrake?

Leaving the handbrake on can cause problems with the cables in older cars. If no handbrake means your car might roll away you can leave it in gear or use chocks under the wheels.

Disconnect the battery?

This is particularly important if you are unable to start the engine on a regular basis as the battery is more likely to go flat. Investing in a trickle charger is another option.

Change the oil

You should change the oil in any car every 2,000 miles. Classic cars tend to be slow to clock up the miles, meaning this can be difficult to monitor but it shouldn’t be neglected. And while you’re changing the oil, it’s also worth checking water, brake and clutch fluid levels too.

Take it for a spin?

Of course, the best way to turn heads is to actually drive your classic car. Drive with caution and drive with pride. You are behind the wheel of a great-looking automobile