In some respects, classic cars have similar needs to new cars; but as anyone who is passionate about owning and restoring classic cars will tell you, there are certain specialized measures you should take in order to best protect your investment. If you have invested in a classic automobile, here are some tips for taking care of it:
- Keep classic cars clean: In order to maintain your car's value, one of the simplest approaches you can take is to keep the interior and exterior clean. Dirt and grime on the paint can chip, scratch, and ruin the finish while also removing the protective coatings that help prevent rusting. Food crumbs inside the car can attract bugs and general dirt, which can ruin interior finishes and materials. If you want to avoid having to replace parts and upholstery and keep the paint job intact, just keep the car regularly cleaned, dried and protected.
- Avoid driving in harsh conditions: A classic car doesn't have to be treated with kid gloves, but one should avoid stressing the car’s engine and other parts during harsh weather and road conditions. Avoid driving during winter months, on icy roads, on dirt roads, and during rain storms to reduce the risk of accidents or damages.
- Learn how to properly store the vehicle: Classic cars are often stored for long periods of time rather than driven daily. If you plan to store your car on a daily, monthly, or seasonal basis, you must learn how to do so properly. It may be advisable to drain or replace certain fluids before storing the vehicle and you may want to consider the location where you plan to store it to keep it safe from weather, vandals, and bugs.
- Get insurance: Even if you don't drive the vehicle regularly, your state will likely require you to have some insurance coverage on your classic vehicle. But state required coverage is not enough because it doesn’t protect your investment in the vehicle itself. For that, you need to consider comprehensive and collision coverage as well as uninsured motorist coverage. Purchasing classic car insurance can get you affordable coverage while protecting the full value of your investment and taking into consideration the number of miles you drive each year.
If you're ready to get insurance for your classic vehicle, give us a call at (734) 421-9900. We can work with all budgets to create a policy that provides the right amount of coverage with affordable Michigan car insurance premiums.