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Prepare your Classic for the big freeze

Winter can be hard on your car, what with the sub-zero temperatures, inclement weather and roads coated in salt, but with a little care there’s no reason why your classic can’t make it through unscathed.

Check the seals

Water is not something you want to find in your car, and the downpours of a bleak winter will expose any chinks in your car’s waterproofing armoury. Whereas it might be easy enough to dry the car out in the summer, it’s far harder to get rid of the damp in cold, dark depths of the winter.

Check there are no damp patches around the door shuts and fix any issues as quickly as possible. It’s also well worth making sure all the drain plugs are free of debris such as mud and leaves.

Give it a wash

Coating a car with water in winter might sound counter-intuitive, but giving the bodywork a clean and a new coat of polish can make a massive difference. A thick coat of polish will protect the paintwork and any brightwork, as well as making sure your motor looks smart and shiny.


Stock up on Waxoyl (or similar)

The autumn is a great time to clean off your car’s underbody and give it a good coating of rustproofing. Mud and grit harbour damp, and that’s a great way to cultivate rot.

To prevent rust, clean mud and grime off the car, then use a protective substance such as Waxoyl to keep it all well sealed.

Check the mechanicals

Obviously, it’s important that you keep your car topped up with anti-freeze, but there are other bits and bobs that need to be checked before winter sets in. If you have a heater, make sure it works, and ensure more mundane things such as lights and tyres will all need to be checked. Pick up the phone and give us a call we can check it over before winter if you can’t.


Consider hibernation

It might sound like throwing in the towel, but sometimes discretion is the better part of valour when it comes to running a classic, and that means knowing when to admit defeat and confine your car to the garage.

If you do choose to lay up your wheels, ensure your garage is free of damp and that any leaks in the roof have been fixed.

Ideally, the car would be in a sealed tent with regulated humidity, but this isn’t always possible, so make sure the garage is ventilated properly to stop moisture building up.

It could also be worth filling up with a higher grade of petrol than normal. The ethanol found in most fuels can damage hoses and other perishables, but most petrol stations stock premium fuels with less ethanol.