Are you a proud classic car owner? Perhaps you own a restored 1964 Dodge Barracuda or a 1972 Ford Thunderbird. Many owners prefer to keep these cars safely in their garage rather than take them out for a spin. We’ll explain how to store a classic car and keep the components in tiptop shape.
Some vintage car owners never drive their vehicle except when they take it to the shop for a yearly inspection. If you fall in this category, then we recommend some simple steps.
For starters, be sure the car has fresh oil and a full gas tank before storing the car. Use a gasoline additive designed for storage. These are readily available at your local automotive shop. This allows the car to safely sit dormant for a year.
The battery is the other issue. To keep the battery alive, use a charger called the Battery Tender, which is designed specifically for inactive car batteries.
We know of owners with multiple classic cars. Their garage does not have ample space for their collection, meaning they have to park one or more of the cars on the driveway. To protect the vehicle from the elements, use a tarp. However, do not keep the tarp on indefinitely. Moisture can make its way in and cause rust, paint deterioration, and mold. When the weather is clear, remove the cover to give the car some breathing space, so to speak.
Remember that even seldom driven cars still require regular auto servicing. Parts, such as the tires, timing belt, and fuel pump can wear simply from age. Bring your vintage car to Bothell Way garage for a complete inspection. If it needs repair, our expertise is available for this as well. Properly storing a classic car ensures it retains its value, aesthetics, and operability.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving Customers in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Brier,
Kingsgate, Lake Forest Park and Juanita