Automobile enthusiasts in the United States tend to differ about the criteria and production factors of classic cars. On one hand, the Antique Automobile Club of America states that most cars should be considered classics after their 25th anniversary of rolling out of the factory. On the other hand, the Classic Car Club of America only considers models built from 1915 to 1948 as being “true classics.”
The classic criteria San Diego car insurance companies consider is similar to the one used by the Antique Automobile Club of America in terms of age, but there must also be an expectation of future collectible value. If you own a car that is at least a quarter of a century old and has been parked for some time, here are four recommendations to help you get it back on the road.
1. Check the Value
Depending on the history and condition of your car, it may have the potential of becoming more than just a classic. Antique and collector vehicles are not meant to get back on the road for commuting or leisure purposes. If they can be restored to certain standards, their value can appreciate significantly. Ask your insurance agent to provide an auto appraiser referral so you can decide how to proceed. Your car may also qualify for specialty coverage that includes replacement of original parts. For instance, a Corvette Stingray from the 1980s could be worth a lot in good condition.
2. Check All Fluids
Replace all the fluids, and check underneath the car for leaks. If you see fluids leaking from more than one spot, you may want to tow your car to the auto shop. If there are no leaks, start by draining and flushing the radiator. You should also drain the crankcase, fuel tank, and differential. Check the owner’s manual to determine the type of oil and additives you should be using according to the mileage.
3. Check the Brakes and Electrical System
Bleed the brakes and make sure the emergency handbrake is not frozen before driving the car. If your vehicle was not periodically started while parked, the battery has likely lost all its cranking and charging power. Therefore, you may want to invest in a new battery that will keep your car on the road. Ensure all lights are working, including the headlights and brake, reverse, parking, and turning lights.
4. Check the Important Rubber Parts
Belts, hoses, fluid lines, and tires are all made of a material that is known to decay over time. Cracked hoses could be the cause of fluid leaks. Belts that have worn out and corroded are bound to snap or interfere with the proper functionality of the engine. Make sure the tires are properly inflated before taking a test drive, and don’t forget to check the condition of the spare.
If you’re looking for reliable insurance for your classic vehicle, reach out to American Tri-Star San Diego. Auto insurance quotes are available on our website, or you can call one of our friendly and knowledgeable agents at 619-272-2100.