3 Tips to Help Care for Your Luxury Classic Car
You've been a car buff for as long as you can remember. When you were a teen, you would spend your allowance on car magazines and show your folks the classic cars you hoped to someday buy.
Now, after dreaming about it for years, “someday” is here. You've just purchased your first luxury classic car, and you couldn't be more excited. And while you're certainly knowledgeable about vehicles, you also want to be sure you're doing everything you can to keep your car as safe to drive and pristine as possible.
With that in mind, here are a handful of tips to help you care for your luxury classic car.
1. Regularly Inspect Your Tires
Whether you want to take your ride for a spin around the neighborhood or drive it a short distance to a vintage auto show, it's important to be sure it's road-worthy. In addition to checking the oil and other fluid levels — either on your own or with the help of a professional — you'll want to also make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Under or overinflated tires won't respond as quickly to turning and stopping, which can be especially problematic on older vehicles that don't have power steering. Knowing this, make sure to check the tire pressure on your vintage car at least once a month, particularly when your tires are cool.
This way, the heat of the sun or from driving on hot asphalt won't increase the tire pressure. Check the air pressure of your tires with a high-quality tire gauge and, if need be, make adjustments accordingly.
2. Safely House Your Vehicle
If you don’t have space in your garage to house your classic ride, you'll need to find another suitable option, including a storage facility. Actually, your garage may not be the ideal location to house your vintage car, anyway, as it will be constantly exposed to the elements. With that in mind, scour some online reviews and make it a point to visit several nearby car storage locations.
Ideally, you want to find a clean, dark and dry space to store your vehicle. Then, once you find a suitable facility, you'll want to prep your vintage car, particularly if you plan to house it there for some time.
For example, place it on jack stands, as this will relieve the weight of the car from the suspension and tires. Or, if you plan on taking your car out frequently for a drive, add a layer of plywood under the tires to prevent ground rot, particularly if the storage facility has a stone floor.
3. Know How to Fix a Scratch or Blemish
Despite your best efforts and intentions, your luxury classic car is bound to get scratched or dinged up at some point. While looking at these eyesores might make you feel queasy, there are a number of ways to fix them. If your classic was built between the 1920s and 1940s, it will likely be coated with enamel or acrylic lacquer.
Look under the hood or on the door sill for a color code related to the type of paint on your car. Once you've located this information, clean the scratched area thoroughly before applying a bit of primer. From there, carefully sand down the affected area before applying the paint in thin layers until the scratch is filled.
Enjoy Your Wonderful Classic Car
With some proper care and handling, you'll be sure to enjoy many years together with your classic luxury car. Fortunately, the aforementioned tips, like checking over your tires and finding a safe storage facility, won't take up a huge amount of time, leaving you plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy your beautiful vehicle.