If a car sits for several months without being driven, it can be susceptible to a variety of problems. That’s particularly true during the winter. A classic car is a significant financial investment, as well as a source of pride and joy, so you want to do everything you can to protect it from harm.
That’s why it’s so important to winterize your classic car before you put it into storage. The process isn’t as complicated as you might expect. Taking a few simple steps can prevent many common problems.
Change the Oil and Filter
Before you store your classic car for the winter, change the oil and replace the filter. You should do this even if you barely drove the car over the past year. There might be contaminants or water in the oil. If you don’t change the oil and you leave the car sitting for months, you might discover a serious problem when you try to use the vehicle in the spring.
Fill the Gas Tank and Use a Fuel Stabilizer
Fill the tank with high-grade gasoline. You want to prevent moisture since that can cause the tank to rust and make the gasoline separate or become contaminated. A full gas tank means less room for moisture.
Adding a fuel stabilizer can help keep the gas from separating. After you add a fuel stabilizer, let the car run for several minutes so the stabilizer can work its way through the system.
Remove the Battery
Don’t leave the battery in your classic car while it’s in winter storage. Not using the vehicle for a long period of time, plus cold temperatures, can damage the battery or even cause it to freeze. Disconnect the battery and store it in a place where you can keep it warm and charged.
Wash the Car
Make sure that your classic car is clean and dry before you store it for the winter. Wax the exterior and cover any unpainted surfaces with a rust inhibitor. Give the interior a good cleaning and use a preservative to keep vinyl, leather, and rubber surfaces from cracking.
Review Your Insurance Coverage
Even if you won’t be driving your classic car for several months, that doesn’t mean it can’t be damaged. For example, a mouse might chew through a wire, or a tree might fall in a storm and land in your garage. You might be able to temporarily suspend your liability insurance coverage, but you should keep your comprehensive coverage in place.
Petruzelo Insurance has a team of professionals who can discuss your plans and make sure that you have appropriate classic car insurance coverage. We can also help you compare quotes from several top insurers and get the best rates available. Contact us today to learn more.