How to run a classic car

Running a classic car isn’t like living with a modern car. It’s more of a social thing, and unless you’re minted and can hand the car over to somebody to fix every time it needs attention (and that’ll be frequently), you’ll also need to know at least the basics of car maintenance.

However, unlike where most modern cars are concerned, at least you can generally maintain a classic car yourself, without the need to buy a workshop full of special tools. Here’s how to get the most out of owning a classic car.

Unlike where most modern cars are concerned, at least you can generally maintain a classic car yourself
  • Joining an owners’ club will enable you to home in on the best specialists for your car. Also, you should find it easier to track down parts as well as solve problems on a DIY basis if they crop up.
  • As a general rule, the older the car the greater its servicing requirements. However, most classics were simply engineered, so DIY maintenance isn’t as daunting as you might think. Buy a manual and you could save a fortune in maintenance costs.
  • Make sure you insure the car on a specialist classic policy. Doing this will ensure that you get what the car is worth in the event of a total loss, as its value is agreed when you take out the cover. For more on how classic car insurance works, read our guide on the subject.
  • Even if you don’t do many miles each year, give the car a service before you put it away for the winter, including an oil change. Refreshing the lubricant and filter annually is the best thing you can do to preserve the engine.
  • When winter comes round, make sure the car is stored properly if you’re not going to use it. Fit a battery conditioner and get the engine up to temperature once a month to make sure you don’t have problems with bits seizing up.