Caring for a Classic car

Modern cars are said to be lacking in style and interesting looks compared to older versions. For example, an E-Type Jaguar is a much better design classic next to the soulless F-type. A Triumph Spitfire can still turn heads over a Mazda RX. The very definition of what is a “classic” car is also difficult to pin down. For tax purposes, it’s seen as being 15 years or older and worth £15k or more by the HMRC. A more aesthetic thought is how the car looked or was regarded at the time. 60’s Minis will always be considered a classic, as will anything by Bugatti prior to the 1940s, by way of an example. If you own a classic or vintage runner, it’s down to how you will store them. A garage is a must as the security of your investment is paramount. You will need a strong door, and a decent Garage Doors Bristol based company can provide this service. Find a Garage Doors Bristol supplier here.

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One advantage that modern cars have over the older classics is that they are much less inclined to rust. The older counterparts of our modern cars were made of riveted steel. They also have metal, even chrome bumpers, that would discolour easily. Therefore if you decide to take out a classic, it might be better to wait until it is a lovely warm sunny day. If it goes out in the wintertime, a rigorous cleaning routine is needed to make sure that any salt and grit are removed. These elements can bring about the end of a car within a few years if it’s not treated properly.

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Covers are also a vital component in protecting the car. The bodywork of a classic is always going to be the first thing that is affected by the elements, and the added protection of a cover is a good plan. This, combined with the warmer environment of the garage, means that the car is protected doubly. The car will also need to be given regular waxing and polish to keep it in prime condition.

Services will still be needed. MOTs are still required for any car less than 40 years old. In addition, if major changes have been made to the car, regardless of its age, it will still need to be tested for its roadworthiness. Sadly, internal faults can sometimes require expensive bespoke engineered pieces.

Daniel Maynard

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