Have you been delaying storing your classic car or seasonal vehicle for the winter? Maybe you’ve been hoping and praying for another sunny day so you could take it for one final cruise? Well, you’re definitely not alone! Many classic car owners procrastinate when the time comes to put their summer toys away for the season. The truth is, we just don’t want to give up on them too soon.
But, the snow is falling in many parts of Ontario now, and it looks like it’s here to stay!
So, if you’ve been holding off and wishing for another beautiful day to take your classic car out for one last spin, it’s probably not going to happen. In other words, it may be time to consider how to properly store your vehicle for the winter. We’ll help you keep your classic car or seasonal vehicle in tip-top shape and ready for next spring with a few simple steps and some proactive care. It’s true what they say, a little extra time spent preparing your vehicle for storage now will prevent more expensive and time consuming repairs in the future.
Here are the 5 things you should definitely do when you put your vehicle away for the winter.
Fill up your fluids
Change the oil and filter, fill up your gas tank and top up all other fluids to prevent condensation and rust.
Save your battery-life
Disconnect your battery and store it in a warm, dry location off of the floor, or connect a battery tender or trickle charger. If you skip this step, you’ll definitely regret it in the spring!
Release your brake
Extended use of your parking brake can cause damage to your brakes. It’s best to disengage your emergency brake, and use a tire stopper or chock to ensure your vehicle does not move.
Wash, wax, and cover
Give your vehicle a good wash (and wax if you have time). Then, cover it with a breathable car cover. If you put a cover over a dirty vehicle you could cause unwanted scratches.
Prep your storage area
Your garage should be clean and dry before you park your car. Sweep the floor and lay down a plastic drop sheet. The plastic will act as a vapour barrier to protect the under body from moisture, and will also make it easier to spot any fluid leaks when you remove the car from storage.
Proper storage of your seasonal vehicle is essential. If you neglect any of the important steps above, you could be facing costly repairs. Not to mention, lengthy delays getting your car back on the road next year. So, if you haven’t put your classic car away for the winter yet, don’t panic. Take the time now to go through the necessary steps so you can be ready to hit the road in your pride and joy next spring!