Keeping your classic car running smoothly for the rest of the year can be enough of a challenge, but during the winter it can be easy for all your hard work to be undone in just a couple of weeks. Following the cold snap earlier in the month, we have put together our top tips for looking after your car this winter.
1. Don’t be tempted to keep your car off the road for too long- it is good practice to take your car for regular trips out of the garage as it helps to avoid flat spots in the tyres, stops the brakes from seizing, and helps you to see if there are any more sinister problems that need addressing.
2. Having said that, if you do take your car out for a drive, then give it a good run. Whilst it may seem that you can warm the engine just by going around the block, this can actually do more harm than good. The engine oil needs to be thoroughly warmed, and you would do best by visiting all of the gears on your car too. Take advantage of a bright, clear winters day, and take your classic car off on a scenic country drive to remind you why you bought it.
3. Once you’ve stretched the legs on your beloved classic car, another vital thing to remember is to keep it clean. Whilst you probably won’t be taking your car out in the snow, the salt from the grit on the road can hasten the corrosion of your car and damage both the exterior and the underneath of the car. Give it a good clean when you get home, or if it’s a bit chilly for that, pop into your local carwash before storing your car away.
4. It’s also important to keep your car dry, especially if you are planning on storing it away for some of the winter period. The damp can cause rust, and will degenerate your car very quickly. Once you’ve cleaned your car, then make sure you dry it thoroughly before returning it to the garage, and if possible cover the car too. Carcoon comes very highly recommended, as it covers your car from the elements, whilst ensuring that the air is well ventilated. Even in your garage, don’t be tempted to block up any gaps, or leave a window open slightly. This circulation of air is vital to prevent damp developing. A dehumidifier is a good substitute for a window in this situation.
5. Some people may not think that insurance for their classic car is necessary during this winter period, especially if you are planning on ‘hibernating’ your car for the entirety of the cold period. (Of course, if you are exercising the car during winter, then up to date insurance goes without saying). We at Chateau Impney, use Footman James and can’t recommend them highly enough. Check out their website for more information. Whilst this may seem like a good money saving idea, and we can all sympathise with the run up to Christmas… it can also backfire if anything should happen to your car. Your classic car is still as susceptible to fire, theft, flood damage, and all manner of other things.
6. Enjoy your classic car! You bought your car because it gives you joy, and don’t let that stop during winter! Share your winter adventures with us on our social media pages.
The Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018 will be held on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July, you can purchase your tickets here.