Unfortunately, in Canada, classic cars and winter do not go together. For one, vintage and classic cars usually aren’t equipped to handle our messy winter roads. For another, low mileage is one of the qualifications for insurance rates, so driving your classic vehicle, even occasionally, all year long isn’t really an option. So, what do you do with your beloved vehicle for the winter? Here are some suggestions to ensure that your baby survives the winter and you don’t have to submit a claim when spring comes around.
Give it a good wash and wax
Make sure to give your classic car a good wash to remove all the dirt and grime from its surface. Anything left on the car’s surface could scratch the paint or create rust spots. Waxing your car before storage will also help protect the paint from rust spots and the damaging effects of UV rays.
Find the right storage space
Proper storage of your vehicle is often a condition of your insurance policy, but finding a good storage space can also protect your car from damage over the winter. You’ll want to find some place dry and dark, preferably with a concrete floor, to help protect your vehicle from water and sunlight damage. You’ll also want the space to be secure. Your personal garage might not be the best place if people are constantly coming in or out, or if other objects could fall on or hit your car. If you store your vehicle off-site, check your insurance policy. You might need to inform your providers of the storage location.
Fill the tank
Before storing your baby for the winter, fill the tank with gas and add fuel stabilizer. Be sure to run the engine for a few minutes so that the gas and stabilizer can move through the fuel system to help prevent corrosion and fuel contamination.
Change the oil and filter
New oil and filter will help protect your engine from harmful contaminates.
Make sure pests and vermin can’t get in
Just like us, critters are looking for a place to stay warm this winter, and your vehicle’s insides can be very appealing, particularly the exhaust pipe. It’s the perfect size for a mouse. Plug up or cover any openings where mice and insects could get in. Make sure you don’t forget to roll up the windows as well!
Raise your classic car on jacks
Our long winters mean that your car could be sitting in storage for 6 months. Protect your tires by raising your vehicle on jacks. Too much weight on your tires over a prolonged period can cause flat-spotting. You don’t want to have to buy a new set of tires come spring.
Protect your battery
Your battery is not going to stay charged for 6 months. Help keep it alive by either bringing it inside so that it doesn’t freeze or attaching it to a battery maintainer.
Check in with your insurance company
Winter is a good time to go over your insurance policy. Maybe you made a few updates to your vehicle over the summer months or maybe you want to check that your coverage fits your usage. You might also need to let them know about your summer mileage use or where you’re storing your vehicle. Those winter months when you’re not enjoying your vehicle is a good time to make sure you’re properly covered for when that snow melts and you can rev that engine again.
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