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5 Tips For Buying, Storing and Restoring Classic Cars


Buying and keeping a classic car can be tricky business. When it comes to buying one, you’ve often got to strike when a good or rare deal presents itself – and sometimes this sometimes means making an unplanned purchase. If you don’t have the space or facilities to store your vintage vehicle, it’ll be left standing in the street or hogging your entire garage while your day-to-day car sits outside every night. Another factor that classic car collectors need to consider is restoration and selecting the right company to get your new car looking as good as the day it was made. So what are your options if you find yourself in this predicament?

Classic car storage and restoration often work hand in hand. By shipping your vehicle to a reputable storage facility that offers maintenance and restoration, you get the freedom to make room for your new car without worrying about its well-being or condition during the process. Alternatively, if you purchase a vehicle in another city, classic car storage allows you to keep it in a safe place while making arrangements to have it shipped to your house.

You’ll want to use a reliable, tested facility with a solid track record and an insured system in place that guarantees your vehicle is kept safe during its stay. Some key features you should look out for include:

1. Insurance for legal liability – this should include all incidents of theft, collision, natural disasters and vandalism. This removes any gray areas when it comes to the storage company’s responsibility for your car and makes it a plain legal matter.

2. Indoor Car Storage – this protects your classic or antique car from any potential weather damage to the car’s exterior, interior and tyres, while also keeping it out of harm’s way from any potential parking accidents. If you are storing your car in a coastal city, like San Diego, protection from sea air is an essential during long-stayarrangements.

3. Security Measures – it’s important to have twenty-four hour security onsite, if only for your own peace of mind.

4. Car maintenance And Restoration – a good facility will do ongoing vehicle maintenance while your car is in storage, including periodic tire pressure checks, fluid checks every time they start your vehicle and continual maintenance during long-stay storage. Classic cars are timeless and fragile, so it’s understandable that you’ll want to entrust yours with a company that’ll care about it as much as you do. When it comes to restoration, make sure the storage company employs experienced, passionate mechanics who are qualified to work on your vehicle.

5. A Solid Track Record – don’t go with the first company that promises you safety and cheap rates. Look for a Classic car storage company that has a history of satisfied customers who can vouch for their service.

This guest blog post was written by Clayton Truscott at AAAA Auto Storage & Park. You can reach AAAA Auto Storage & Park through their Facebook or Twitter.

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