Taking Care of Your Classic Car
There are fewer than four million people worldwide that own classic cars and fewer than 500,000 of those are owners because they are car buffs that enjoy owning a piece of history. If you are one of the lucky few to own a classic and have deep love for the classics, you probably spend plenty of time trying to make sure the car looks just as beautiful as the day it rolled off the assembly line the year that it was created.
Many people own classics because they were handed down by a family member while others own them because they love the design or craftsmanship or even the hard work that often goes along with restoring a car to the precise way that it was when it was first built and placed on a showroom floor years ago. People from all walks of life are classic car owners from doctors and dentists to barbers, mechanics and school teachers. While anyone can own a classic, not all owners are collectors and truly work to restore and maintain their investment. For those that do, they may belong to car clubs or organizations as well as enter car shows and events or other competitions. Another thing that classic car buffs tend to do is strive to keep their car safe and secure whether it is sitting in the garage or traveling down the highway from one city or state to another when they are heading to a car event away from home.
Restoration and Cleanliness. If you are a classic car buff, chances are that you know how to keep the car shiny and clean inside and out. Something that you may not have considered is that the engine should be just as clean as the exterior and other visible areas of the car. It also needs to be well-maintained, especially if you plan to drive it or enter it into shows and other car events. Keeping the entire car, including the engine, clean and well-maintained not only helps it look good, but it also helps ensure that rust does not form and that grime cannot work its way into the engine where it may cause issues with starting or running at its peak when you need it to do so. If you are experienced and feel that you can do all of the work on your own, that’s great, but if you need to hire a mechanic to do the repair or restoration work for you, be sure to thoroughly check them out and make sure they have the necessary experience with working on, and maintaining classic cars such as your own. You never want to entrust a valuable classic to someone that may not know what they are doing. It takes time and a lot of dedication and even money to restore a classic to its original luster and to keep it in tip top condition once it is restored. Parts may be difficult to find and hiring an experienced mechanic or having extensive vehicle experience yourself can make the difference between a full restoration and just fixing the car up enough to look good.
Getting the Car to The Show or Home. Something that is of significant importance when you are a classic car owner, especially if you are planning to show the car or bring it home to start on a full restoration once you have purchased it is going to be moving it to where it needs to be without worrying about damaging it along the way. Quite often, classics are found listed in online ads and either need complete engine restorations in order to run or need to be handled with a great deal of care to get them moved possibly thousands of miles from the seller to your own home. If this is your situation, you need to hire a reliable classic car shipping company that really knows how to take care of older, and often fragile, cars and trucks during transport. Unlike newer automobiles, a classic car needs to be handled only by someone that has vast experience with shipping these exquisite pieces of engineering to and from one place to another. You may have a truck and trailer and want to move the car on your own by hauling it behind the truck because you may want to save a little money. Something you should consider if you are going to try this is that hauling on your own can actually cost more than professional transport and it can also be very dangerous for your car as well as you and others on the road. Driving, especially long distance, can be very tiring and many accidents happen every day due to drivers that are too tired to drive. Accidents can cost thousands of dollars for property damage as well as personal damage and even loss of life. Something else to consider is that usually when you need to travel a great distance you will need to stop for overnight lodging, food and beverages and more fuel along the way. Professional shipping is taken care of with one price that covers fuel and transport and it is handled by a professional driver that is used to driving long distance and knows how to keep cars safe from damage while they are on their way to a new location.
Where to Keep a Classic Car. When you own a classic car and it is already completely restored or you plan to work on a full restoration and take it to shows and other car events, you will want to make sure it is properly stored when you don’t have it out for show. The area that you use for storage, whether it is a storage facility or a personally owned space, should be one that will prevent weather from possibly damaging the car as well as one that keeps other people from being able to handle the car when you may not be around. When you buy a classic car from a reputable seller, you also need to find a reliable storage facility local to you where you can store the car for a reasonable rate and know that it will be secure. If you do not have your own garage and the car is highly valuable, whether monetarily or sentimentally, you need to take a little time to really get to know the amenities of the local storage facilities and do not reserve a space until you are able to check it out in person and verify that your car will be safe and sound when it is parked.
If you are one of the few in the world to be able to not only own a classic car but to also have it restored and possibly take it to local or national events and car shows, it is very important that you take all of the necessary steps to ensure that whether it is being shipped cross country or if it will be sitting in your garage or a local storage facility that it will be safe and secure at all times. Classic cars, unlike modern vehicles, are special and to own one is something that many people wish they could do yet never take the necessary steps to ownership. When you own a classic, you realize that there are many things that must be taken into careful consideration to keep the car looking just as great as when it rolled off the showroom floor and these things are very important when it comes to the overall lifespan of your classic car.
Owning a classic car is a dream come true for many and when you have the chance to grab your dreams and make them a reality, be sure that you are taking every step possible to keep the dream alive for many years to come.