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Classic car winter Care

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How to Winterize your Car for Storage

Winter can be brutal on any vehicle, whether it’s a brand new car, used car, or vintage hot rod. Freezing temperatures, snow buildup, animal infestation, and salt damage from the roads can all deteriorate your vehicle. If you plan on keeping your car in storage through the winter season, it’s best to winterize it before locking it up.


Select Location: The ideal storage location for your vehicle is a dry, dark location with limited access and blocked from the elements. Concrete floors are best to keep away any moisture.

Set the Flooring: If you must store your vehicle on a dirt or grass floor, place a plastic barrier under the car and carpet or plywood under the tires.

Wash/Wax the Car: Before storing, it’s a good idea to give it a good wash and wax. Putting on and removing the vehicle cover could scratch the paint if the car is dirty.

Fill the Tank: Be sure to fill the gas tank with fuel (preferably premium gasoline) prior to storing the vehicle. The more gas in the tank, the less room there will be for air. Air in the tank for an extended period of time can lead to fuel contamination and possibly rust within the tank.

Change the Oil/Filter: Before storage, change the oil and oil filter in your car. Clean oil will reduce the risk of harmful contaminants working through your engine components.

Check and Refill the Antifreeze: This seems obvious to do during the winter months, but some people forget. Check to make sure the antifreeze is not watery and add however much it needs to be full.

Air the Tires: Make sure the tires are full with air as sitting for long periods of time on low or flat tires can damage the rubber and rim.

Check with your Insurance Company: Some insurance companies require you to report if your vehicle is stored outside of your property in case of vehicle theft or damage.


Baking Soda: Place freshly opened boxes of baking soda in your car’s interior and trunk areas.

Cover Openings: Use aluminum foil or plastic bags to cover all openings of your car to prevent bugs and insects from getting in. Openings include exhaust pipes, air cleaner/air inlet, etc. Place mothballs or steel wool in your tail pipes and mothballs around the outside of your vehicle.

Place Vehicle on Jacks: Putting your vehicle up on four jack stands will prevent your tires from forming flat spots over the storage period.

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Popular Q&A

How to take care of a classic car?

My mother is looking to buy some car from the 67 i think. It should be full restored, but is there anything special she needs to do to take care of it?

OK, as an owner myself of a car from the classic 60's and 70's the best thing for your car is to use it. Ever hear of the saying "Use it or lose it"?? The more a car sits, the sooner it will rust out, unless you have a Corvette which is made of fiberglass then you only worry about the frame rotting away.
Keep the car clean, keep it covered when not in use, use fresh fuel and add a stabilizer fuel if you need to store it for a few months at a time. Drive it occasionally in the nice weather, buy a trickle charger for the battery to keep the battery at its full potential, and during the s…

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