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Garage Safety

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As the winter season approaches, many classic car owners prepare to store their vehicles in a safe place until spring.  If you own a classic car and you’re considering storing your classic car, then you’ve made a great decision.  Placing your car in a safe place will keep it sheltered from the elements and will keep it protected from strangers, as well.  At JD’s Auto Repair, we know that as a classic car owner, you want to preserve the aesthetics and the performance of your classic car.  We’ve got a few suggestions to help you keep your classic car safe while in the garage.

To start, it’s a good idea to make sure that your garage is in good condition.  Give it a good check to ensure that the roof and the siding are in good shape.  You might want to check that the windows are well caulked and glazed, too.  Take a look at the gutters and the roof.  Are they free from debris such as leaves and branches?  Check the perimeter of your garage for overhanging branches that could break off in a gust of wind.  At JD’s Auto Repair, we also recommend investing in a dead bolt.  This will deter intruders and it will also keep large projectiles from blowing the garage door open.

Reduce the risk of damaging your classic car by inspecting your garage for tools, lawnmowing equipment and cleaning supplies.  Store rakes and shovels in cabinets if possible.  You can also secure some hooks on the garage wall and hang your tools there.  It’s a good idea to cover your classic car while its being stored, in the event that debris gets loose inside the garage.  If your car is on jacks, ensure that they’re elevated and make sure that you don’t use cinder blocks or concrete.

At JD’s Auto Repair, we also recommend that you disconnect your classic car’s battery when storing it for a long period of time.  You should think about your level of storm preparedness, as well.  Make sure that your windows are safe from shattering glass and ensure that the doors close securely, as well.  If you know that a storm is coming, pick up your car battery from the ground to keep them out of water.  Do the same with extension cords.