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Whether you own a personalised Rolls Royce, a restored Aston Martin, or a collection of classic cars, a passion for unique and historic cars is something that never goes away – and often grows with the number of cars you own. Make sure you protect your classic cars from damage or additional wear and tear, so you can proudly show them off for years to come.

 

Here are a few tips to help you protect your classic vehicle:

  1. Find the right storage facility. 
    The best location is a clean garage with room for your car – and no hazards close by, like lawn equipment, power tools, or kids’ toys. You may want a power source, so you can hook up a battery trickle charger. And, if your garage is linked to your home’s fire detection system and is climate controlled to maintain stable temperature and humidity levels, you’ll be all set.
     
  2. Keep all important documents. 
    The original manuals and historic photos, as well as your car’s repair history, will help you appreciate your investment and might even increase its value.
     
  3. Research the history of your marque and model. 
    Find catalogues, books, vintage magazines, parts catalogues, and other memorabilia that include your car. Doing the research can be fun, but also can help you verify the originality of parts and confirm proper installation of everything from gauges to engine components and bumper guards.
     
  4. Take photos. 
    Do you treat your car like a member of the family? Many of us do. Taking pictures of your “baby” each year can help you notice small deteriorations in condition and can be important to future owners.
     
  5. Do the maintenance. 
    Find a reliable mechanic who specialises in your marque and address any problems promptly. Keeping up on maintenance will speak volumes to prospective future owners. 
     
  6. Take her out for a ride. 
    When the roads are dry and visibility is good, drive your car at least every few weeks, so you can maintain proper lubrication and identify any maintenance needs. Even if you want to keep the mileage down, a couple dozen miles each month won’t hurt the car’s value.
     
  7. Prepare for extended storage periods. 
    If you have no choice but to keep your car in storage for long periods of time, drain or treat the fuel and take steps to prevent rodent infestations. Contact your local car club for other ideas.   
     
  8. Properly insure your classic. 
    Not all insurers are alike. Find one that doesn’t limit your mileage, offers Agreed Value, and allows you to choose the most qualified repair shop. If your car is damaged, you’ll want it to be repaired to its original specifications with the highest quality parts, so you can protect your investment.

All content in this material is for general information purposes only. It does not constitute personal advice or a recommendation to any individual or business of any product or service. Please refer to the policy documentation issued for full terms and conditions of coverage.

Chubb European Group SE (CEG).  Operating in the UK through a branch based at 100 Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 3BP.  Risks falling within the European Economic Area are underwritten by CEG which is governed by the provisions of the French insurance code.  Registered company number: 450 327 374 RCS Nanterre.  Registered office: La Tour Carpe Diem, 31 Place des Corolles, Esplanade Nord, 92400 Courbevoie, France. Fully paid share capital of €896,176,662. 

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