Ways to Prep Your Classic Car for the Winter Ahead

Ways to Prep Your Classic Car for the Winter Ahead

Ensure your beloved vehicles get the attention they need this season.

Before winter hits, (officially on Thursday, December 21st), it’s wise to check that your vehicles are ready for the cooler temperatures, dark nights, and adverse road conditions. Whether you’re tucking your classic car into winter storage or getting your multiple vehicles ready for winter roads, check out these tips.

Classic Car Storage

  • Tend to the battery.

If you don’t plan on using your classic car over winter, removing the battery is a good idea. Keep it in a well-vented area away from flame sources. If it is out of the vehicle and kept away from freezing temperatures, it shouldn’t need charging.

  • Make it sparkle.

Clean the vehicle thoroughly, including the undercarriage. Don’t forget to dust inside the vehicle, and wax the bodywork. Remove any critter food sources to prevent animals hibernating for the winter.

  • Check the final position.

Drive the car into position and chock the wheels or jack the car up, depending on your preference. Leave the handbrake off and a couple of windows slightly open to prevent musty smells. Cover it with a cotton sheet or dedicated car cover to protect the bodywork.

 

Multiple Car Winterizing

  • Replace worn seals and check the battery.

Give every component of the vehicles a thorough check to make sure that every section is in good repair. The last thing a driver wants in winter is to be stranded with a broken vehicle. Test the batteries and replace if necessary.

  • Check tire tread.

Tires are what keep the vehicle in contact with the road, and in adverse winter conditions, retaining good traction is vital. Make sure that your vehicles’ tires have plenty of tread to survive the winter. The safest option is to replace tires for the cooler season.

  • Spray the cars down with corrosion protection.

Using a spray designed to prevent corrosion is a particularly good idea to protect against the risk of elemental exposure. The presence of moisture in the air can result in a variety of problems for the vehicle. The spray will help reduce the build-up of rust and reduce the appearance of deterioration on the vehicle.

  • Clean the vehicles after journeys.

Motorists should always be looking out for the driest winter days to take their vehicle out. However, if you do need to drive, prepare to clean your car after the journey. Rinse dirt away, especially on the undercarriage, as this will help protect the car during drives. Also, this offers the perfect opportunity to give the vehicle a quick inspection to ensure all is in good working order.

Whether you’re storing your classic car away until the spring or getting your vehicles ready for the winter ahead, you’ll want to ensure that they are protected properly. Visit Lamburt Corporation Insurance for all of your auto insurance needs in Stratford, Connecticut.