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How To Prepare Your Classic Car For Autumn And The Colder Months

How To Prepare Your Classic Car For Autumn And The Colder Months - News

As we come to the end of September, and the vibrant hues of summer continue to fade into the cold embrace of autumn, many of you classic car enthusiasts face preparing your cherished vehicles for the cooler months ahead.

At, we understand the value of maintaining your vintage beauty's glory while ensuring its longevity. Whether seeking to brave the crisp autumn drives or stow your classic car away for winter hibernation, we've compiled a comprehensive checklist of areas you should cover to help you seamlessly transition into the colder months ahead.

  • Fluid Check and Change

Before embarking on any autumn adventures, it's essential to assess your classic car's vital fluids. No doubt you will have taken it out during the summer months so take the time to check the oil, coolant, and brake fluid levels.

If needed, replace any old or contaminated fluids with fresh ones. For optimal engine performance in colder temperatures, consider switching to a winter-grade oil.

  • Tyre Maintenance

Navigating autumn roads demands superior traction and safety. Begin by inspecting your classic car's tyres for adequate pressure and tread depth.

The damp conditions of autumn require proper tyre maintenance to prevent skidding and ensure controlled handling. Consider upgrading to all-season or winter tyres to enhance grip, making every drive a confident one.

  • Battery Care

The chill of autumn can be harsh on car batteries. To prevent unexpected stalls, check your battery's voltage and charge. If your vintage beauty won't be hitting the road frequently, safeguard its battery by disconnecting it or utilising a trickle charger.

  • Brake Inspection

Safety is paramount, especially when the roads become slick with fallen leaves and rain. A thorough brake inspection is a non-negotiable step. Examine the brake system's condition, ensuring the brake pads are in top shape and there are no signs of fluid leaks.

  • Exterior Protection

Maintain your classic car's timeless allure by granting it a thorough wash and wax session. A high-quality wax applied to your car will give it a protective layer that shields it from autumn's elements— rain, and even an early frost.

To amplify this protection when it is parked up, consider draping your classic car in a breathable fabric cover, even if you're still intending on using it before the weather turns too bleak.

  • Interior Care

The interior of your classic car deserves as much attention as its exterior. Clear away dirt and vacuum meticulously to prevent the accumulation of grime and moisture.

Combat the threat of mould and mildew growth during storage by utilising moisture-absorbing products like silica gel bags placed at susceptible moisture points within your car.

  • Antifreeze Strength

As there may be moments when we get hit with an early frost, ensuring your car's antifreeze is up to the task becomes critical.

Check the antifreeze concentration to prevent freezing within the cooling system. A well-balanced mixture of antifreeze and water safeguards your engine from potential damage caused by freezing.

  • Storing Your Classic Car

If the idea of autumn drives gives way to winter storage plans, carefully considered preparation is essential. Here are a few insights on ensuring your classic car's wellbeing is maintained during hibernation:

  1. Choose a suitable location: Seek a dry, well-ventilated storage space. If a garage is unavailable, invest in a breathable outdoor car cover to wrap over your car.
  2. Elevate the car: Prevent flat spots on tyres during extended inactivity by using jack stands to elevate the vehicle.
  3. Fuel stabilisation: Guard against fuel degradation by adding a fuel stabiliser to the petrol tank, minimising moisture build-up.
  4. Cover it up: Even indoors, shield your classic car from dust and scratches with a breathable fabric cover. If the outdoors is the only option available, make sure you also take off the cover during a dry spell to help air the car out, even if the cover claims to keep condensation away.
  5. Regular check-ups: Periodic visits to start the engine and circulate fluids prevent issues arising from prolonged inactivity.

By preparing your classic car for the colder seasons and ensuring its proper storage, you're preserving not only its performance but also its aesthetics. With these measures in place, your classic car will weather the seasons with grace, allowing you to continue savouring the driving experience for years to come.

While the summer may be over, you can still enjoy the world of classic motors with our various packages down to the Silverstone Interactive Museum to explore the history of British Motor Racing, available to purchase through our open Gift Vouchers.

25 September 2023

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