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Preparing Your Classic Car For The Cooler Months

The colder months of the year can be especially tough on classic cars, especially if they're not being used. Naturally, you want to make sure that your classic ride is stored in the best way possible during the cold months. By following the tips below, you can winterize your car effectively and safely. 

Wash and Wax

Wash and wax your classic car prior to storing it for the winter months. If there's any dirt, debris, or moisture on the paint surface, your classic car could easily rust while in storage. A thorough waxing will help the car repel any dirt that may try to work its way onto the vehicle while in storage. 

Clean Out the Car's Interior

Before you store your classic car for the winter, make sure that the interior is completely cleaned out -- especially any bottled liquids that could potentially freeze and burst. 

Protect Your Upholstery

If your classic car has vinyl or leather upholstery, make sure that you apply a protectant. Colder temperatures could easily wreck the upholstery, causing serious cracking. 

Protect Your Engine

Preparing your classic car for cold weather storage means that you'll need to have the oil changed. Old oil can be full of contaminants that could settle and cause damage to critical engine components. There are two schools of thought when it comes to the gas tank: some people believe in keeping the tank completely full and adding a fuel stabilizer while others believe that draining the tank as much as possible is best. The one thing that's certain is that storing a car for the winter with only a partial tank of gas is a bad idea. 

Winterizing your classic car in the right way is something that will be beneficial for a long time to come. When it's time to crank your car again in warm weather, you should have no trouble at all if you follow the tips above.

For more tips on classic cars, contact the team at Vanguard Motor Sales today. 

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