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10 Classic Car Storage Tips To Keep Your Beauty Safe

It is that time of year where you put away your classic car to avoid salted roads. Plus, driving with no heat in 20-degree weather is never fun. However, do you know you should prep your classic car before you store it? Even if it’s only for a couple months, you should be prepping your car so that come Spring, you can open that garage door and drive away with ease.

10 Classic Car Storage Tips To Keep Your Beauty Safe

You might have remembered to put gas in your car before storing it, but I bet you didn’t remember all of these 10 tips to keep your classic car safe in storage. You can winterize your daily driver, but make sure your classics are safe during these cold months as well!

1. Fill Your Gas Tank

Probably the most important but overlooked concept. If you can drain your gas all the way then do it. If not, run it low and then fill it up with premium gas and add a fuel stabilizer. The more gas in your car the less chance of moisture in the tank which causes rust. The fuel stabilizer will help prevent the gas from hardening & gunking up.

2. Check Your Oil & Filter

Along with filling your gas tank, make sure you drain & refill your oil and check the oil filter. Old oil can cause premature engine rust ( a BIG no, no!) so definitely, make sure that is all cleaned out. Don’t forget to drive your car for a little right after the oil change, before putting it away for storage.

3. Check & Maybe Change All Your Other Fluids

I think you are noticing a pattern. Once again, since you checked and changed the gas and oil, do the same for the other fluids. Especially with classic cars. They leak and are old. If you keep your fluids fresh your car will last longer! This means, check the coolant, brake fluid, transmission, and even washer fluid. The more full & clean the fluids are the less chance of moisture getting into everything and rusting.

4. Get It Detailed & Waxed

You should be waxing your car at least twice a year; once before winter, and once before summer. So, if you are storing your classic car for winter, then you need to wash and wax it!

5. Fill Your Tires With More Air & Jack Them Up

Adding more air than normal to your tires will help prevent flat spots. Then, if you have them, jack up your car so it does not sit directly on the ground. Since it’s your classic car, I am sure you do not buy tires frequently so it might be worth investing in a good jack stand.

6. Check Your Battery

You have two options here. If your car is being stored long-term and you won’t be starting it much, then take the battery completely out of your car and place it somewhere safe. If you think you will start the car throughout the storage months, then I would recommend adding a trickle charger. Whether you have a new or old battery if you just let it sit it will die. I rather keep it charged so that I can drive it whenever, wouldn’t you?

7. Store In A Climate Controlled Facility

This one is pretty obvious, but if you can, store it in a climate controlled facility. Preferably with a concrete floor and not dirt too, once again, avoid moisture.

8. Throw Some Dryer Sheets On The Mats

I saw this the other day. So clever! To avoid bugs and other pests, place some regular dryer sheets on your carpets/floor mats. This will help prevent pests from hibernating on your nice seats during winter 😉

9.  Put It In Gear; Don’t Add The Parking Brake

Hopefully, your car will be on jack stands, but whether it is or isn’t, make sure you leave the car in gear and keep the parking break down.

10. Cover The Car If Possible & Kiss Her Goodbyee

If you can get a specific car cover for your vehicle, I would definitely recommend that. It will keep the moisture out, the bugs out, and the dust-out. That way, when you start your car back up come spring, a quick wash is all it will need! Then kiss her goodbye, roll the windows up and lock your doors. She is all nice and cozy. Good job!

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  1. Great post, so interesting to read. I hadn’t thought about checking oil and oil filters before storing a car. I didn’t know that old oil could cause premature engine rust, like you said. I will have to do that before I store my car. I don’t use it during the summer, so I want to keep it safe in the meantime.

  2. I have heard that you should get it detailed and waxed often, but no one has ever given me a good answer to how often. Thanks for mentioning to get my beauty detailed twice a year at least. I might do it more often. I get a lot of use out of it.

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  3. It was really nice to know that one of the best ways to make sure that the vintage car stays beautiful is to use a cover that is specific to the vehicle to make sure that the bugs, moisture, and dust are away from it. I just hope I knew that earlier and stopped insects from damaging the headlights. Anyway, I’ll get them replaced by a mechanic right away, then follow your tips later. Thank you.

  4. Thanks for your list of things to do before you store your car. I wouldn’t have thought about filling the gas tank. My grandpa has an old classic car and needs to put it in storage while he travels, so we will be sure to use your tips.

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  5. I hadn’t thought about checking oil and oil filters before storing a car. I didn’t know that old oil could cause premature engine rust, like you said. I will have to do that before I store my car. I don’t use it during the summer, so I want to keep it safe in the meantime.

  6. My grandfather owns a few old restored cars and doesn’t want to keep them all at his house where they are taking up too much room. Thank you for suggesting that you should wash and wax your car before storing it. I will have to suggest this to my grandfather. Hopefully, he can find a good garage to store his beloved cars in.

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      Thanks Ellie for your comment! I hope your grandfather can find a nice garage to store them in. Sometimes it’s hard to find a good one but definitely worth it for long term storage of older restored vehicles.

      Sincerely,
      Caroline

  7. I like that you said to make sure to store it in a climate controlled facility away from water or moisture. I always forget that moisture is terrible for most things and needs to be constantly avoided. I think this is something my husband and I will have to constantly remind ourselves so that we don’t end up damaging our car.

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      Hi Gerty,

      Thank you for the comment! Moisture plays a huge role in rust and mold so definitely make sure to keep your car stored in a climate controlled facility if possible!

      Cheers,
      Caroline

  8. Nicely written blog. Above tips could be very helpful to store the vehicle without any post-storage problems. And, I agree with the fact that vehicles should be stored in an insulated place to ensure their safety. Also, it should be inspected properly before the storage. However, I have some doubt regarding storage of the battery. If, we remove the battery from the vehicle, the electrical wiring of the vehicle could get damaged during the process of storage. I am waiting for a satisfactory answer.

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      Hi Sophia,

      Thank you for your comment! I agree, they should definitely be inspected especially if you are storing long-term. As far as the battery concern, in older cars it is best to take the battery out, but in newer cars if you don’t feel comfortable or don’t want to have to restart your electrical system, you can always turn the battery off and put a tender on it! For very long-term/permanent storage, it is always safer to take the battery completely out. Hope this helped!

      Sincerely,
      Caroline

  9. Thanks for the tips you suggested. If you want to prolong the life of your car, maintenance is the best way to have your vehicle in good working order. Regular maintenance of the tire pressure impact less damaged to your tires and your car run smoothly on the road. Appropriate levels of transmission fluid, coolant, and wiper fluid makes your vehicle perfect to move on the road with out creating any unpleasant situation. Apart from that always choose a good auto car care shop repair shop for servicing of your car in better way to upgrade the performance of the car. For more information you can visit http://dellsservicecenter.com/ .

  10. Thank you for all the car storage tips. My husband loves to work on older cars and has been wondering how he can protect his cars when he isn’t working on them. I like how you mentioned that he can store them in a climate controlled facility. I think it would be really nice if he could find one with a concrete floor too.

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