A lot goes into maintaining your antique car’s appearance and performance. You can make your job easier by reducing the impact of nature on your antique, giving you more time to focus on other maintenance.
Several ways to protect your antique from nature are by driving in safe weather, using barriers to shield your car from the elements, and using climate-controlled car storage units in Concord.
Only drive in appropriate weather
All cars are susceptible to poor or severe weather conditions, but antique cars might fare worse because they lack the decades of vehicular improvement of modern cars. If you take your antique out of its garage or storage unit for frequent drives, skip rainy days because the exposed metal of antique cars are more vulnerable to rust and corrosion.
You should also skip days with strong winds. Fallen branches and debris carried through the air can scratch your paint, chip your windows, and require expensive repairs. Additionally, if you live in a snowy area, avoid driving during winter. Road salt can penetrate the crevices of your car’s underside and with the help of melted snow, eat away at metal and paint. On the opposite end of extreme weather, extended exposure to direct sunlight can damage your paint.
Park on moisture barriers and use car covers
Even when the weather is mild, you want to protect your antique after you’re done driving. If you park outside on concrete or an earth floor, spread a moisture barrier on top of your parking space to prevent moisture from seeping into your antique’s undercarriage and forming rust, mold, or rot. After you’ve driven for the day, fit your antique with a quality car cover to shield it from dust, dirt, and harsh sunlight.
A better parking option is in a closed garage, shed, or storage unit. You should still use a car cover to prevent dust settlement if you park in a closed-off environment, but you won’t have to worry about the elements.
Store your car in climate-controlled storage
If you don’t drive your antique every day, or you “hibernate” it during the winter, you’ll find the best protection from the elements in a climate-controlled car storage unit. These units offer maximum protection from nature and customizable climate for antique preservation. Some storage facilities, such as ABBA Self & RV Storage, have nearby wash and detail areas to clean your antique immediately before storage.
ABBA Self & RV Storage can help you pick the right car storage unit in Concord. We offer the best in security, including a gated property, security cameras, and individual security controls. For further information, contact us today.