Owning a vehicle isn’t that easy. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with it so imagine how much more it will require if you own one or several vintage cars. These bad boys definitely require a lot of attention, maintenance and upkeep so today with Classic Car Labs we have decided to dish out a few pointers and tips regarding the subject.
- Be in the know. Knowledge is important when it comes to owning quite a piece of history. These cars are technically antique. Apart from the story they hold and their rarity, these come with specific parts and materials that will need special care. This is why owners must have adequate knowledge regarding the vehicles they own and would want to own.
- Keep it protected. Wind, water and heat are three elements known to cause wear and tear. This is applicable to all, vintage cars included. Water can pave the way for rust, high temperature (e.g. sun) for overheating and wind for scratches and dents brought about by items that can be blown into the automobile. This makes it necessary to provide a guarded space for parking where there is ample cover against the said elements.
- Clean it. Don’t simply wash off the dust on the body. Get down and dirty and clean up the smallest and hard to reach nook and crannies. By doing this, build up of dirt can be prevented. Make sure to rinse thoroughly too and add a coat of wax for good measure.
- Perform regular checkups. Just because it seems to run like a top doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s fine. There could be defects that haven’t risen to the surface. The earlier they are detected then the faster they are solved. The worse thing that you can do is allow the situation to aggravate. Hire a mechanic to perform regular inspections. Even if you are capable, it’s best to have a second opinion.
- Take it out for a ride. Certain collections, say jewelry and paintings, may be left for display. It is okay to keep them untouched but this kind of treatment does not apply to vintage vehicles. Keeping them idle for long can damage the engine and even accelerate the wear and tear process. Plus, it wouldn’t be fun to keep these babies locked up. Take them for a ride says Classic Car Labs.