Tips on storing your classic car this winter.

By Emma Drew

November 13, 2015

Tips on storing your classic car this winter.

The purchase of a classic car brings enjoyment to any discerning motor enthusiast. If you are an owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is fully protected, especially during the winter months.

Statistics from the Historic Automobile Group index suggest, classic cars have become one of the most recognisable investments over the past decade, generating an average return of 456%.

Whether your purchase is for recreational purposes, or purely an investment, maintenance can often gear up added expenses and finding replacement parts can also be difficult.

As a policy holder you have a duty to ensure your vehicle is stored correctly and protected from loss or damage.

Tips on storing your classic car: 

  • Fill the fuel tank before storing the car for winter to prevent condensation corroding the inside of the tank; however be sure not to overfill it.
  • Ensure the car is topped up with anti-freeze to prevent damage.
  • Carry out an oil change before the car is put away for winter, as oil will absorb moisture.
  • If the car is being stored for a longer period than a few months, it is recommended that oil is put into the cylinders so that they do not rust.
  • Connect a battery conditioner to the battery, to avoid it from draining.
  • At least once a month, start the car and let it run up to its usual temperature.
  • Wash the car before storing to remove dirt which may cause corrosion. Also, use a good cleaner to remove dirt particles from leather interiors which could cause mould or fungi.
  • The car should ideally be stored in a dry area. A dehumidifying pod is worth considering if the car is of a particularly high value as this will help to reduce any moisture caused by condensation.
  • Place the car on axle stands so the weight is not resting on the tyres. (Alternatively, you could over inflate the tyres by roughly 10psi whilst storing, but remember to reset when taking on the road).
  • Use breathable car covers like cotton, as plastic covers can cause excess moisture which will have a detrimental effect on the car.

As an additional point, ensure your garage is securely locked to protect your vehicle from theft. Also, never leave your car unattended with the key in the ignition while you wait for the car to warm up, as this provides the perfect opportunity for would be thieves.

Following these tips could give you the peace of mind knowing that your classic car is fully protected and in the best condition possible ready for the start of the new car season.

How can we help?

For further information on classic car insurance please email Ross Chatterton or speak to him on 0121 698 8076.

Are you thinking about investing in a classic car? Read the blog on Motoring ahead – Tips on investing in classis cars.

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