A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Many would argue that a car is a liability and not an asset. A vintage car though if maintained could be a valuable item for resale at some point if you maintain it properly. The following contributed post is entitled, The Best Advice To Keep Your Vintage Car In Tip-Top Shop.
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While some people prefer a brand new set of wheels every couple of years, others have a different attitude – why fix something when it’s not broken? You may feel nostalgic about a certain car, and want to keep it going as long as possible. Or perhaps you prefer the look of older cars. Maybe you’ve got a classic car or antique beauty you still want to take for a spin! Older cars can be great assets if they are well kept. Taking care of your vintage car means much more than simply keeping it looking aesthetically pleasing and today, we’re going to give you the best advice on how to keep your vintage car in tip-top shape!
All cars need servicing at least once a year, but with your vintage car you’ll have to do this much more often. Many of the internal mechanisms on your car will be very old – perhaps even older than you – and will need regular check ups to ensure it continues running for as long as possible. Speak to your mechanic about the possibility of using arc spray to aid the prevention of wear and tear, and generally to help keep your car together for longer.
Lots of waxing and buffing
The paintwork on your vintage car is going to be more susceptible to damage, so you’ll need to take extra care of the paintwork. Waxing and buffing the paintwork on your car will help protect it from general damage when driving it around.
Use your car!
One mistake that many vintage car owners make, is leaving it in their garage or on their driveways for too long. They then struggle when trying to take it out for a spin. Taking your car out for regular drives will help keep all of the components working to the best of their ability.
Source car parts wisely
Vintage cars are going to be harder to source parts for, especially if the manufacturer doesn’t make parts anymore or worse, isn’t in business. Shop around for car parts to find the best quality parts for your car. Many vintage car owners have purchased parts for their car that actually depletes the value in the long run! Speak to a professional before buying parts to avoid this happening to you.
Tuck it in at night
If you don’t have a garage at home, it’s advisable to tuck your car in under a protective cover to help prevent weather damage ruining the paintwork. You can find car covers easily online and fairly priced too.
Keep an emergency fund for repairs
Finally, you should consider keeping an emergency fund for repairs on your vintage car. As mentioned earlier, it’s harder to source parts which could mean repairs will be much more expensive. Your mechanic may need to charge more than a ‘modern’ car for repairs and part sourcing too, so it’s always useful to have some spare money to ensure your car is back on the road in no time!