Now that you have bought a classic vehicle, whether you restored it on your own or you bought one that was previously restored, it’s time to enjoy it. However, you do need to make sure that you are taking proper care of the vehicle. Your classic car is not some used car from 2012. It is something that needs to be cherished and cared for the right way if you want to continue enjoying it.
While some people think this means treating it with kid gloves and looking and never touching, that’s not the case at all. It simply means that you need to learn the vehicle and you need to keep it in good shape. Let’s look at how you can do this.
Proper Maintenance is Essential
To be honest, this should be true of any vehicle that you own, even that used 2012 beater we mentioned earlier. You need to make sure that all parts of your vehicle have been properly maintained. Keep an eye on the fluids and change the oil regularly. Make sure there is plenty of air in the tires and make sure that you are checking those tires for wear and tear. Chances are good that you don’t drive the classic as much as your other vehicles, but the tires still need to be properly maintained. Keep the vehicle clean inside and out, as well.
Even though your classic might be running great right now, it might need a replacement part in the future. You should make it a habit of stockpiling various parts for your vehicle whenever you are able to find them. These parts are not as common as parts for vehicles today, so you can’t just run to the AutoZone. Keep parts on hand, so you can make repairs whenever they are needed.
Your classic car is an investment, and that means that you need to have it properly insured. You put time, money, and effort into this vehicle, and if anything were to happen to it, you would want to have compensation for your loss. Get the amount of insurance that you believe you will need for the vehicle. In fact, maybe get a little extra to ensure it is protected.
Store It Properly
Your classic car shouldn’t just be sitting out on the street, and certainly not in the snow. If you don’t have a garage where you can store the vehicle on your property, you might want to consider investing in vehicle storage when you aren’t using it. This may not always be necessary, but don’t leave your car on the street in snowdrifts.
Get Out and Drive It
Finally, your vehicle was meant to be driven. Sure, it’s great to look at, but you need to take it out and give it some exercise from time to time. In some cases, you might even have a classic that you use as a daily driver. That’s fine, as long as you are properly maintaining it.
Your classic is an investment, and you need to treat it as such. Take good care of it, and it will last for many more years.