If there’s one thing we can guarantee at Classic Car Storage North East, it’s that your vehicle will be stored securely for any length of time.
Winter or summer, autumn or spring, you can leave your car with us and feel confident that when you pick it up – however long that may be – you’ll drive away from our secure car storage facility with your vehicle in exactly the same condition in which it entered.
And whilst we aim to store as many vehicles as we possibly can, we know that some people want to keep their classic car at home for whatever reason, which is perfectly fine – but you need to know exactly what to do, particularly in winter, to ensure it’s kept in the best condition possible.
1. Clean it. Thoroughly.
Although this might seem an obvious point, we’re not just talking about a body wash here, but a full clean of every intricate detail both inside and out.
Ensuring you remove any trace of dirt, oil or grime (all of which can have a detrimental impact on the vehicle’s condition when in storage), wax the vehicle when finished, but don’t buffer it – do this when you’re ready to take it out of storage for the best results.
2. Drain any fluids
If you’re keeping your car inside for more than a few months, drain as many of the fluids as you can – brake fluid, oil and fuel in particular can settle in the system and especially over winter, can become clogged, causing an endless amount of problems.
3. Apply grease plentifully
It may be a laborious job, but to be confident your classic car will look its best after spending the winter inside your garage, you should take the time to grease every where possible.
With each car being different, this will obviously change from vehicle to vehicle, but a good place to start is with the wheel bearings, steering fittings and suspension fittings.
4. Remove the battery and store it properly
A simple but effective task, after you have disconnected and removed the battery, wash it down with a solution of water and baking soda.
What’s more, when storing it, ensure it’s on a shelf, not on concrete and always in a dry place.
5. Depress the clutch and keep it there
Especially when a vehicle is in storage during cold months, clutch plates can often become stuck as they’re not in use.
Therefore, it’s strongly recommended that you depress the clutch and use something suitable to keep it in place to prevent what could be a costly repair bill.
Whilst we understand there’s a need to keep some vehicles at home during the winter months, where possible, we’d strongly recommend you take a further look at our classic car storage services, as we’re confident this way your vehicle will look the best it possibly can come spring.