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Owning a classic car isn't just about taking it for a spin on a sunny day; it's about preserving a piece of history. And, as brokers, you're not just managing insurance policies; you're the guardians of your customers’ most prized possessions.

At ERS, we're here to equip you with the knowledge to help your customers keep their cherished classics cruising in style.

Why maintenance matters for your customers’ Classics

Beyond the joy of driving, proper maintenance is essential for classic car owners to protect their investments and ensure their vehicles retain their value. By guiding your customers on maintenance best practices, you can help them mitigate risks, avoid costly repairs, and preserve the integrity of their automotive treasures.

The good news is that with proper care and attention, your customers can ensure their classic cars remain in pristine condition for years to come. Here are essential maintenance tasks to highlight to your customers:

  1. Fluid Checks: Regularly inspecting fluids like engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid is vital for optimal performance and longevity.

  2. Electrical System Maintenance: Ensure your customers keep their classic car's battery and electrical connections in top condition to prevent starting issues and electrical failures.

  3. Cooling System Inspection: Monitor for leaks and corrosion, and maintain proper coolant levels to prevent overheating and engine damage.

  4. Brake System Check: Regular inspections of brake components are essential for safety on the road.

  5. Exterior Protection: Encourage your customers to regularly wash and wax the exterior to protect against corrosion and UV damage.

  6. Interior Care: Advising customers to clean and condition upholstery and trim regularly will help prevent deterioration.

  7. Tyre Maintenance: Regularly checking tyre pressure and tread depth ensures proper traction and handling.

  8. Fuel System Care: Using high-quality fuel and additives helps keep the fuel system clean and prevents corrosion.

  9. Suspension Inspection: Regular inspections of suspension components ensure a smooth ride and enhanced handling.

  10. Exhaust System Check: Regular inspections of the exhaust system help reduce emissions and maintain engine performance.

Keeping it Clean

Maintaining the pristine appearance of a classic car is crucial for preserving its beauty and value over time. Here are essential tips to keep a vintage vehicle looking its best:

  • Exterior Care:
    • Wash your car regularly with a gentle automotive soap and soft microfiber cloths to remove dirt and grime without scratching the paint.

    • Address minor scratches by carefully polishing affected areas with a mild abrasive product, followed by waxing and buffing for a restored finish. For deeper scratches, seek professional assistance.

  • Interior Maintenance:
    • Vacuum seats and carpets frequently to remove dirt and debris.

    • Use a gentle upholstery cleaner suitable for vintage fabrics to clean seats. Avoid harsh cleaners that could damage the material.

    • For leather seats, regularly apply a conditioner to prevent drying and cracking.

  • Avoid Common Mistakes:
    • Do not use WD-40 to hide scratches; it does not effectively repair or protect the paint.

    • When disinfecting, avoid alcohol-based products on leather surfaces; use gentle soap and water solutions instead.

The Risks of Neglecting Maintenance

Of course, as well as the benefits of keeping a vehicle in top shape, it’s important to make your customers aware of the risks associated with neglecting maintenance. From decreased performance to potential safety hazards, neglecting maintenance can lead to costly repairs and diminish the value of their classic cars. By taking a proactive approach to maintenance, your customers can avoid these risks and enjoy their classics for years to come.

Preserving Automotive History

At ERS, we understand the unique needs of classic car owners and the importance of preserving automotive history. We provide tailored solutions and expert guidance to help you support your customers in safeguarding their investments. So, let's work together to keep your customers’ classics road-ready and roaring for generations.

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