The Dos and Don’ts of Car Storage - Hagerty Media

19 October 2022 at 7:00pm ET

More than half the states in the union use salt, and we all know what that does to steel. What that means for a huge percentage of collector car owners like you, is that unless you want your DeSoto or MG to rust and eventually disintegrate, you need to store it from the first snow until spring rains wash away the salty remnants of a winter past. There is a big difference between just putting your car away and properly storing it to protect it not only from road brine and salt but from dampness and small rodents with sharp teeth and an array of other nasty habits.

Join moderator and north of the border collector and intrepid old car road trip leader Dave Hord on October 19th at 7:00 pm EDT. Dave will lead the discussion as he and a panel of restorers and car storage specialists explore the best practices for safely storing your car until less collector car hostile weather fades away in the spring.

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    Thanks for this. I found it to be very interesting and helpful. I was wondering if it’s beneficial to top up a bit of oil just before first start of the new season. Also, I took the advice of letting my insurance company, Hagerty, aware of how I am storing my cars. They weren’t interested and suggested I comment on the video. There is a correlation between storage and claims, so I thought they should be interested… Thoughts?

    What do you mean by topping up your oil? Adding oil down the spark plug holes is a good idea if it sits for years, otherwise you just keep the dipstick full and change the oil when you’re ready to drive it. You probably dont need to do anything, but I am not sure what you mean by topping up the oil.

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