Whether you’re shopping for your dream car or already own a collection of vintage vehicles, we at Show Cars of Boca Raton are here for you. As the premier vintage automobile acquisitions and resale dealership in Florida, we’ve helped thousands of automotive enthusiasts across the U.S. find, purchase, and maintain their high-end cars.
Many of our customers are retirees who are finally able to afford the historic sports car they’ve always wanted, but even budding collectors and young families have contacted us for assistance when shopping for a high-end or antique automobile.
Wherever you are on your journey as a classic car owner, Show Cars of Boca Raton wants to support you. That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide that answers the more frequently asked questions about classic cars that we’re asked. We hope this resource will be a valuable tool for you. And if you need personalized assistance, we invite you to contact us.
Does a Classic Car Have Any Special Service Needs?
Finding your rare, retired, or collector’s model is only the start of your journey as a classic car owner. Now you need to make sure it keeps its luster for many more years to come. How do you achieve this? With proper servicing.
Whether it’s 5 or 55 years old, every car requires the same basic maintenance tasks, such as oil changes, air filter changes, battery checks, and bulb replacements. However, older cars that are decades beyond their original production year require special care.
Older cars have more metal body panels than modern, plastic-clad cars do. That’s why antique cars need frequent washes and waxes to protect them from developing rust. While you’re cleaning your classic car, take time to lubricate rubber parts and moisturize the tires — especially if they’re originals!
Old cars also need other fluid flushes more often than a newer car does, such as the transmission and coolant.
Does My Classic Car Still Need Serviced If I Rarely Drive It?
Even if you don’t drive your classic car often, it needs engine oil flushes every six months to rid it of contaminants that natural build up over time, as well as replacing the old oil with a fresh liquid.
We typically recommend using synthetic oil for classic cars. Specially treated with ingredients that keep old engines clean without harming them, synthetic blends for high-mileage or racing automobiles are worth the money.
Regardless of how often you take your car to a show, make sure you drive it around the block every month when the weather is good to work the motor and brakes. If it’s wintertime, make sure you properly store the car by cleaning it, removing the battery, emptying the fuel tank, and keeping the garage dry and warm.
What Maintenance Issues Do Classic Cars Face?
Leaks are a common yet major problem that can plague many antique vehicles. Because of the old age of the vehicle, many of its components naturally deteriorate over time. This can result in cracks and holes, such as rusted metal pipes or rotting rubber hoses. Belts, gaskets, and even weatherstripping can deteriorate over time and need replaced, too.
Overheating is also common for classic cars that haven’t been maintained well. This can result from low coolant, a faulty cooling system, or clogs in the pipes. Old motors can also suffer from internal wear on parts like the valvetrains, bearings, piston rings, and cylinders.
Contact Show Cars of Boca Raton to Find Your Next Classic Car!
As you search for your next classic car, let Show Cars of Boca Raton be your resource for information on buying, owning, and selling vintage models. Our sales and service staff have an abundance of experience they’re happy to use to your advantage.
Our many years of experience navigating the premium auto market has given us an abundance of sales connections that extend far beyond our physical location here along Florida’s southeastern coast. We’re able to locate even the rarest models and ship them anywhere in the continental United States, so you don’t even have to reside in Florida to do business with us.
Contact Show Cars of Boca Raton to kick your classic car search into high gear!