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Written by Jessica Golden

Tips for Maintaining Classic Vehicle Value

There are folks who buy a classic vehicle for the pleasure of driving or owning one. Other classic owners think of the car or truck as an investment. Both will need to give their classic vehicle superior maintenance in order to maintain or increase its value as it becomes rarer over time. The following are three basic tips that will make this possible.

Conserve Mileage

Although you love driving your classic, accumulating mileage should be avoided. Classic vehicles must be driven regularly to retain tire pressure and ensure that components are working properly, but this should be minimized. Excessive mileage will lead to more frequent repairs, maintenance, and part replacement.  As time passes, parts will become increasingly difficult to find and more costly.

Service Regularly

Regular servicing of a classic vehicle is essential for maintaining value. In addition, make sure to keep all documentation of repairs and maintenance. Scanning and storing these receipts digitally on your computer is wise. Maintenance records confirm to interested buyers that your classic vehicle received proper maintenance, repair, and parts replacement, possibly increasing the purchase price. Sticking to the service schedule recommended by the manufacturer and a trusted certified mechanic will also help classic owners avoid expensive repairs.

Store Properly

The key to maintaining the healthy condition of a classic’s exterior and interior is proper storage. For owners who reside in regions that experience temperature extremes, this is crucial for maintaining the value of their classic vehicles. Constant sun exposure leads to UV damage that eventually fades exterior and interior vehicle surfaces. Similarly, extremely frigid temperatures can harm a classic’s internal engine components.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offers the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.