How To Store Classic Cars In Winter

In areas with cold winters like Illinois, classic car owners are very unlikely to bring their cars out to the snow and hail. For classic car owners that store their vehicles during this time, there are a few steps that need to be taken before storing a classic.

The classic car experts at Haggerty suggests picking a good location. Choose a spot that is dark and is not likely to take in any water. This prevents any water damage from snow, hail and other weather conditions. If you are storing your car away from home, some insurance companies require policyholders to inform them of this change. Check with your classic car insurance company to review your policy’s requirements.

Before storing the car, make sure to do the following:

  • Wash and wax the car to prevent any scratches that may result from putting on and taking off car covers
  • Make sure the car has a full tank of gas and add fuel stabilizer.
  • Change the oil and filter.
  • Check the antifreeze to make sure it is at proper levels.
  • Add air to the tires.
  • Put baking soda refrigerator packages in the interior and trunk areas.
  • Place the vehicle on jack stands to avoid tire flat spots.
  • Unhook the battery by removing the negative cable first and store it separately.
  • Roll up all the windows.

It is very important to maintain a classic car insurance coverage even when the car is not being used. Theft and vandalism occur year-round and any damages happen while a classic car is uninsured will be the owner’s responsibility to repair or replace. 

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