With this summer on track to be one of the hottest in recent memory, it’s extra important to protect your classic car from the effects of heat and humidity over the coming months.
From chipping and cracked paint to issues with your cooling system and tires, the summer heat can do a number on your vehicle (and its value) if you don’t take the proper precautions.
If you’re planning on traveling in your car this summer, it’s important that you take preventive measures before you get on the road. If you’re planning on storing your vehicle through the hottest months, you’ll need to find a method of storage that protects it from the elements.
Check out these four important tips for protecting your classic car from the summer heat.
Shelter Your Car Whenever Possible
If you’re traveling in your vehicle a lot, you’re going to be out in the sun. It’s unavoidable. But the summer sun, especially if you live in places with high heat indexes, is hard on your paint job.
If you have a custom paint job that comprises a large part of your car’s value, seek out sheltered parking whenever possible. It might be worth it to spring for a parking garage instead of street parking. You should also invest in a vehicle cover or reflective tarp for times when parking under the hot sun is unavoidable.
UV rays can make your seats, dash and steering wheel material fade and crack overtime. Placing windshield sunshades and seat and wheel covers can protect and reduce the temperature of your interior. Using the proper cleaners and protectants will also lengthen the lifespan of your interior.
If you’re planning on storing your car over the summer months, it’s important to find a space that is dry and protected from harsh sunlight. One of the most affordable methods for storing a classic car during an off season is renting a local vehicle storage unit or temperature-controlled indoor storage space, which will protect your car from oxidation brought on by heat and UV rays, bird droppings, outside weather, etc.
Get a Battery Check Up
If you take your vehicle in for a summertime check-up, make sure you ask about the state of your battery, as recent studies have revealed that it’s hot weather, rather than cold, that do a number on your battery’s life.
Have your mechanic do an inspection on your car’s electrical system, and make sure there is no buildup on or near your battery, as build-up can act as a conductor.
Summer heat can also cause evaporation of the water levels in your battery, so make sure you check your battery’s levels regularly, adding water as needed.
Check Your Tires Regularly
Tires that are improperly inflated can be hazardous on hot pavement. Check your tire pressure regularly – some even suggest monthly — and make sure your tires are filled to the proper level, especially before going on longer car trips and long-term storage.
Wash/Wax Your Car More Often
The best thing you can do to protect your car’s paint from the effects of the sun is to wash and wax it often. This will eliminate any dirt buildup and allow you to apply the protective wax onto a clean surface.
The more you wash and wax your vehicle, the better protected the clear coat (which protects your car’s actual paint) will be. With regular waxing, you can ward off any dangerous dirt build-up and increase the layers of your protection you car’s paint job has.
With the right precautions and care, you can make it through the summer with your classic beauty looking better than ever.
Author Bio: Brian Shreckengast is a writer and designer at SelfStorage where he writes about moving tips, organizational techniques, and self storage solutions, including indoor vehicle storage: