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To prevent your classic car from showing its age, there are a few key rules that you can stick to, to ensure that your classic car stays in tip top condition.

Disconnect Your Battery
Should you leave the car for longer periods without starting it, if you disconnect your battery or buying a trickle charger this will prevent the battery from becoming flat.

Have The Car Checked Over
Ensure that your classic car is serviced once a year. If the car is MOT exempt, it is important to check the suspension, tyres, steering and brakes.

Start Your Car Frequently

To keep your car in good working order, it is recommended to start your car at least once every two weeks, allowing it to reach the normal running temp before turning off the engine. The car should additionally be driven a few miles if possible as this prevents problems such as clutches and brakes issues or failing hydraulics.

Keep your car stored
Storing your classic in a storage facility or garage protects the metal and chrome work of the car from becoming corroded or tarnished when subjected to bad weather. It is important to ensure that your storage facility is as free from damp as possible. Another aspect that is worth considering, is purchasing a dehumidifier or storage bubble for additional protection from environmental conditions.

Keep Your Fluids Topped Up
You should always check all your levels frequently and if necessary, top up before you drive the car. It is particularly important to check the water and oil levels.

Leave The Handbrake Off
On older cars, cables can seize up and fail to release when letting the brake off. Keep the car in gear or use chocks under the wheels of the car to keep it in place if it is parked on a slope.

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