Classic Car Do’s and Don’ts

You’re the proud new owner of a great looking whip, so now what?! You want to keep your baby in prime condition and yet still want to enjoy her on the road, right? Experts from The Vault are here to share some of the classic car care tips you’ve been wanting to know. Owning a classic car can be an absolute joy if you abide by a few simple do’s and don’ts that will keep your gem looking sexy and running smoothly.

What can ruin a classic car?

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Knowing the ins and outs of what can transform your jewel into a jalopy quickly guides you to the must do’s when caring for a classic car. Our Vault technicians have put together some of the main factors that can quickly deteriorate the function, value, and aesthetics of your classic. If in doubt, call our expert classic car mechanics and we’ll get your baby riding beautifully in no time! 

Rust on a classic car

A detrimental element that will quickly ruin your classic beauty is a salty or muddy road. Just a few rides on roads salted for snow can cause serious rust damage to your car’s undercarriage and paint job. Allowing too much mud or road grime to collect on your classic can lead to serious corrosion as well. Classic car maintenance calls for avoiding any situations that may result in rust potential. 

Not driving a classic car

You’ve spent all this time and money, so go enjoy your ride! The advantage of classic cars is that they are a blast on the road. Classic cars are not as fragile as they seem and they love to be ridden hard and put away dry! While you don’t want to drive her into the ground, consistent operation is a must for maintaining a classic car. Now it’s going to be hard, but exercising a little self-control is always a good rule for driving a classic car. Let her warm up all the way, and never push her hard until your powertrain has reached normal operating temperature. Although The Vault can fix just about anything, you don’t want to be calling for classic car repairs constantly! 

Improper storage of a classic car

classic car tips

Planning on buying a classic car? Before you invest, make sure that you have the proper classic car storage facility for your prized possession! Avoid dirt and gravel which can create excessive moisture resulting in rust which may degrade your car. Instead, opt for solid flooring with good drainage. Additionally, you’re going to want a secured space that is insulated. Extreme weather, such as direct sunlight or cold, snow, or rain are all detrimental to your classic. Storing a classic car where animals (especially those pesky rodents) can’t weasel their way in is always a must!

Inconsistent maintenance of a classic car

Classic car mechanics, such as those at The Vault, are used to classic car service of the highest quality. We know the value of consistent fluid checks (coolant and all operating fluids should always be topped off) and overall maintenance checks. Perform the basic services yourself and simply rely on classic car technicians for the more in-depth aspects of care, or bring your gem into The Vault where we can do it all! Either way, maintaining pristine mechanical condition, along with consistent washes and waxes will keep your cherished whip worth every penny! 

Check out the Vault today and chat with us about how to best keep your gorgeous classic in mint condition! 

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