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6 ways to care for your classic car this summer

24 February 2017

Photo: Our motor experts love their classics, like this 1968 Plymouth complete with paintwork polish and a paddleboard for the ultimate, summer Kiwi road trip.

Whether you take your classic vehicle out once in a blue moon or every sunny day, you’ll want to look after it during the heat of summer. So our motor experts have put together their six top tips for keeping a carefree classic: 

  1. Slip, slop, slap: Just like the rest of us, classic cars and trucks need a bit of sun protection.  Keep a good coat of a quality polish on the paintwork to help protect it from New Zealand’s harsh ultra violet rays, which can have a detrimental effect on the finish, especially older paint jobs.
  2. Clean as a whistle: A good coat of polish also helps shed water and dust, making it easier to keep your pride and joy clean when you take it for a spin.
  3. Old school vinyl: Vinyl roofs were a common feature of cars built in the 1960s and 1970s, but can easily succumb to the sun’s rays over time. Applying silicon will help stop it from drying out and cracking in the sun.
  4. Hot, hot, hot: When parking in the sun, a windscreen sunshade will keep the sun off your vinyl dash pad, helping protecting it from cracking. It will also reduce the temperature inside the car for when you return, as boiling hot cars seats and seatbelt buckles can make life very uncomfortable!
  5. Keep your cool: Classic cars typically don’t have engine cooling systems as efficient as their modern counterparts, and there’s nothing more stressful than watching the temperature gauge slowly climbing into the red. If your car is prone to running hot in traffic, avoid roads you know are going to be busy, or plan your travels at a time when the roads are quieter. 
  6. Cover up: Before you drive off into the sunset, check your insurance has you covered. Nowadays there are options specially tailored for classic vehicles to give you peace of mind, no matter if they’re on the road or jack stands in the garage.
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