How to Maintain a Classic Car

Classic cars

Buying a classic car can be a big decision and can set you back by a large amount. You want to make sure the car stays in the best condition it can for the time you have with it. If you don’t maintain it then over time they will deteriorate.  Here are some tips to keep your prized possession in top condition.

Stay indoors

This is not just for classic cars, every car, new or old is better off stored indoors.  By keeping the car indoors deters burglars,  as well as protecting your car from the elements, and help prevent premature damage such as rusting.  In addition to this, some insurance providers will request that the car is stored off-street.

Driving conditions

as mentioned before, these cars tend to rust easier, so avoid driving when the weather is gloomy. to deter the mechanical frailties from developing drive in summer months when the weather is dry and clear.


Make sure all the fluids in your car are stocked up. This includes oil, water and brake fluid. This is vital to do as these cars can overheat easily so it needs a lubricant to stay cool in order to keep it running efficiently. That also means keeping a close eye on the gauges and swapping things out regularly. However, bear in mind that parts of older models can be extremely rare and may be hard to source. If you need a service or repair then check out our list of services here.


Regular cleaning should be a given when purchasing a classic car. The less the car is cleaned the higher the likelihood of the paint fading or scratching. Ideally, you should wash the body of the car and then the undercarriage. To make it looks its best apply a layer of wax to the body. Cleaning not only helps the car to look good but to also perform better, especially when cleaning the tyres.


One of the most important considerations if you own a classic car is getting insurance. Most of the larger insurance companies have specialists teams which deal specifically with these types of vehicles. Or there are even some companies which deal with classic cars exclusively.

Don’t drive it

If you own a genuine well-maintained classic, then consider full storage. They can be seen as an investment as there is less chance the car will deter if it is never driven. However, this option is more for those who want to make a profit on the car, not for those who own it out of love for the vehicle. Otherwise you might need to scrap your car.


If you need any assistance with the maintenance and repair of your classic vehicle, then please do not hesitate to contact us here.

We are re-manufacturers of all the Laycock de Normanville overdrive units and their spare parts. Staffed by ex-Laycock employees, we offer a professional service to all Classic Car Owners and Restorers.