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Classic Car Maintenance - Garden City, Idaho

Remember the days when cars had the switch for the bright headlights on the floor boards? Or driving down a country road in that old ‘69 Chevy truck that your grandpa had? Classic vehicles bring back a sense of freedom and fun for many. It’s why so many people collect them and work so hard to restore them to their former glory.

Taking Care of a Classic

Unlike newer vehicles, classic cars and trucks need a little bit of extra tender loving care. There are a few things that you can do to maintain your classic car and ensure that it retains its value as well as continues to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

A well-oiled machine

All vehicles need fluids to keep things running smoothly. Older vehicles need to have their fluid levels checked often because they are more prone to springing an oil leak or having another fluid issue given your vehicle’s age. Checking your fluids often ensures that your classic car will last longer giving you more special memories to cherish with it.

Checking your cars cooling system is something that should be done frequently. The last thing you want is for your car to overheat as you're driving down a country road out of cell service. By making sure that you have enough coolant in your car as well as the transmission fluid that your car needs, you can avoid such an experience.

Another thing you should check often is your car's brake pads and undercarriage. Bleeding your brakes and replacing the brake fluid once a year will help keep your car in tip top shape. And if you don’t have the time or space to do it yourself, we can do it for you here at Boise Muffler Auto Repair.

Drive it like you stole it

Okay, don’t really drive it like you stole it, but do take your vintage car out for a ride often. Not only will it take you back to the good ol’ days of feeling young and fancy free, but it will keep your car running in prime condition by allowing the fluids to move through the engine and ensuring that corrosion or any kind of rot doesn’t occur from your classic sitting too long.

But...where will it live?

Storing your classic car is one of the most important aspects of classic car maintenance. Weather, bugs, dirt, and sap are all elements that contribute to cars decaying and not only losing their value, but their reliability and usability. It’s a good idea to park your classic car in a covered area such as a garage, carport or even car cover. Something to note is that if you do store your car outside, parking it somewhere that has asphalt or concrete and is well drained is the best option to ensure that your tires and systems related to them maintain their good condition. Some classic car enthusiasts go so far as storing their cars in an environmentally controlled storage area. For a classic car, this is the best option as it ensures that nothing outside of an act of God will be able to damage your custom classic paint job or any other part of your car.

Wax on, wax off

In vintage and classic cars, the outside matters as much as the inside. If you’ve ever driven by an old 58 Oldsmobile that’s been sitting out in a field for umpteen years, you know that rust is a very real thing. Making sure to clean your car often. Applying wax to it will help it keep its shine, but will also maintain your paint job as well as help you know when, and if, any rust starts to occur. If you live in an area like Boise, where there are times that it does snow and salt is laid on the roads, being hyper aware of rust on your vehicle is a must. Rust is classic car enemy number one when it comes to the condition of the body and the pristine appearance that all vintage and classic car enthusiasts strive for.

Insurance is your friend

As a classic car owner, insurance is a must. Not only is it mandatory in every state, but classic and vintage cars require specialized insurance because they increase in value as opposed to decreasing in value like new cars do. It also can provide specialized towing if you happen to need a towing service. Be sure to shop around to find the best option for your car.

Having a classic car is a wonderful, but somewhat intense, privilege. It is well worth investing in simply for the nostalgic feelings it brings back and the memories it preserves.