Preparing Your Classic Car for Warm-Weather Cruising
One of the best things about spring is that it’s time to get your classic car back on the road. You might also be planning this summer’s classic car shows, juggling work and family commitments, and hoping to spend a weekend cruising Summer roads in your vehicle. In either case, you’ll probably also be thinking of dragging your classic car out of hibernation and into the summer sun to make sure that nothing has broken, rusted, or otherwise deteriorated. Along with tuning up the car and getting it ready for the summer sun, you’ll also want to review your collector car insurance policy.
To help prepare your vehicle, check out these classic car tips.
- For starters, if the car has been on a trickle charger all winter, now is the time to disconnect the charger and reconnect the battery. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to just charge the battery for a few days.
- Check the coolant, oil, transmission fluid or oil and brake fluids to make sure the levels are where they should be. You may find that you need to top up several if not all of the fluids before starting her up.
- Now is also a good time to check the condition of the belts and hoses.
- Get the tire gauge out and make sure that all four (and the spare) have correct air pressure readings. Top up the pressure, if needed. While you’re at it, inspect the tires and make sure they are not balding, wearing out, or have any cracks in them.
- If you can roll the car outside before starting it. If the car has an electric fuel pump, turn the key one notch and let it click away. Not only does this prime the fuel system but it also gives you a chance to look for fuel leaks.
- Give the car a decent Be sure to use proper car shampoo instead of dish soap as this contains salt, which is not something you want your classic car to be covered it. Make it sparkle from the inside out, taking care to inspect the condition of the vehicle and note any signs of damage.
- Now that it’s spick and span both inside and out, it’s time to take your prized possession out for its first public appearance of the year. Let the car warm up and go on a short ride to see if the car is running smoothly and be cautious of any odd sounds. If it’s running rough, it’s best to deal with it as soon as possible.
- Review insurance. Just like any other vehicle, you’ll need to secure auto insurance. Fortunately, the team at Artisan Insurance Solutions know just how precious your classic car is to you, so we provide adequate coverage that you can rely on.
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