Between the frozen precipitation, the salt and sand on the roads, and the temperature fluctuations, the outdoors is no place for a classic car in winter. Unfortunately, not every car owner has enough garage space to protect a vintage ride from the weather. Is it okay to keep your classic car outside until spring? With the right equipment and a bit of elbow grease, you can keep your antique auto in tip-top shape throughout the winter, even if it is not garage-kept. So how can you store your classic car?
Buyers Guide for Winter Storage
Let’s talk about the best purchases you can make for your classic car to store it outside. If your budget allows, an outdoor car bubble is a smart solution for winter storage. It can protect your car from the elements while providing a consistent temperature to prevent damage to often difficult-to-find parts, and it only costs a few dollars a month to run.
If the price point for an outdoor car storage bubble is too steep, look for a breathable car cover that keeps your auto free from snow, ice, and dirt without trapping moisture underneath. A car cover made specifically for your vehicle’s make and model can do wonders for a custom paint job as well because it can prevent rubbing that may occur with a one-size-fits-all cover.
What Do Tire Covers Do During Winter Months
Some car owners may be so concerned about protecting their classic car’s paint or engine that they forget about the tires. When you consider the cost and difficulty finding replacement tires, however, tire storage covers make a lot of sense. They can protect your set from environmental damage and may even act as a theft deterrent. Plus, you can use them on tires stored indoors as well, which can prevent flat spots from forming.
More Tips for Winter Storage
Now that you know how covers can help, it is time to make a checklist of maintenance tasks to complete before you close that outdoor car storage bubble for the long winter. Here are some things to include on your to-do list:
•Wash and detail your car inside and out, then wax it to protect the paint. Be sure to remove trash or food from the car’s interior; the last thing you want are rodents making your car their winter home.
•Fill your gas tank, adding a fuel stabilizer to stop condensation in your gas tank and stop your gas from degrading.
•Change the oil and oil filter as well, especially if you have no plans to drive it until the spring.
•Check the strength of your antifreeze to protect your engine, or go ahead and replace it if it has
been a while.
•Park your classic car on a concrete pad rather than dirt to stop moisture from damaging it. Keep it out of direct sunlight if possible.
•Take out the battery and hook it up to a charger in your garage or other indoor space. Leaving it outside without running your car for months is a sure way to have a dead battery come springtime.
While indoor storage is best, you can still protect your auto by carefully storing it outside over the winter. Make the effort now, and it should be in great shape to hit the road in the spring. Store your classic car the right way!
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post. This post has been pre-written.