Now that the sun is shining and lockdowns are beginning to ease, classic car owners are looking forward to attending real-world car meets and classic car shows, as well as driving their beloved. In this post, we take a look at how to get your classic car ready for spring after being stored for winter.
Check the Fluids
This includes oil and brake fluid. It’s best to do this before you start driving your car around again so that it doesn’t overheat or run out of brakes while you’re driving! If there is any rust in these areas, then use an appropriate solvent (such as WD40) for cleaning purposes.
Tyres should be inflated to the correct pressure for your car. If you have any doubts, consult with a tyre specialist or read up on what is recommended in an online manual – this will ensure that there are no blowouts while driving!
Because the car has been sat still for a while, check the rubber’s quality and look for any rips, bulges, and low tread depth.
If you’re not sure how to do this, take your car to a mechanic, and they will be able to check them for free or at least give some guidance on what needs repairing before driving again! Make any necessary repairs if required so that when it’s time go out with friends in the glorious springtime weather, they are ready.
Clean Your Classic Car
This is an excellent time to wash it and get rid of any winter salt or dirt that may have accumulated during the season! You can also use this opportunity for some light detailing, such as waxing, if you want an extra shine on those chrome bumpers before heading out.
Tax and Insurance
This would be a good time to check your insurance policy and make sure that it’s up-to-date and valid. If you cancelled your insurance during the winter months, then you should reinstate it before driving.
Continuous Insurance Enforcement (CIE) was introduced in 2011. This means your classic car must be insured even if it’s off the road unless you have declared it SORN.
If you declared your vehicle SORN and uninsured it, make sure you remedy these before returning to the road.
Start The Engine
If you have been using a battery trickle charger, you shouldn’t have to worry about not being able to start the car. Start the engine and let it tick over for a few minutes. When you initially move off, do so slowly and check your brakes.
If you have been storing your vehicle for a long time, it is advisable to get the car serviced before driving. This will make sure that everything on and under-the-hood works as intended; this includes tyres too!
Once you have completed all of the necessary checks and made any repairs that were required, you are ready to go out and enjoy the beautiful weather in your classic car.