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Protecting Your Classic Car from the Elements

As a classic car enthusiast, you understand the importance of protecting your beloved vehicle from harsh elements. Bad weather, ranging from rain and snow to intense heat and UV rays, can wreak havoc on your classic car’s exteriors, interiors, engine, and paintwork. In this in-depth and professional guide, we will delve into the various aspects of protecting your classic car, providing you with information that even the most discerning car enthusiast may not know.

Exteriors: Shielding Your Classic Car’s Body

The exterior of your classic car is not only a thing of beauty but also serves as a protective layer for the vehicle’s structure. To safeguard it from bad weather, consider the following:

Washing and Waxing: Regularly wash your car to remove dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can damage the paintwork. Apply high-quality car wax to create a protective barrier against UV rays, rain, and snow. This not only preserves the shine but also prevents fading and oxidation. 

Paint Protection Film: Consider applying a paint protection film to vulnerable areas, such as the front bumper, hood, and wheel arches. This transparent film acts as a shield against stone chips, scratches, and other debris that can damage your classic car’s paintwork.

Tyres: Maintaining your tyres is essential to a smooth and safe driving experience. Avoid leaving the car static for extended periods as the weight-bearing on one singular side of your tyres can cause damage. Moving the car even for a short distance frequently will help ensure an even distribution of weight and therefore well-maintained tyres. 

Proper Storage: When not in use, keep your classic car stored in a dry environment. Moisture and extreme temperatures can cause paint blistering, cracking, and discolouration.

Interiors: Comfort and Style

The interiors of your classic car require protection to maintain their original charm and functionality. Here’s what you can do:

Interior Cleaning: Regularly clean the interior surfaces using appropriate cleaners and protectants. This prevents dirt and grime buildup, which can deteriorate leather, vinyl, and other materials over time.

Sunshade: Use a sunshade or window tint to shield the interior from direct sunlight. Harmful UV rays can fade upholstery, dashboard, and trim.

Proper Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation when storing your classic car to prevent mould, mildew, and musty odours from developing. Crack open the windows slightly or use a moisture-absorbing product.

Engine: Maintaining Optimal Performance

Protecting the engine of your classic car is crucial. Extreme weather conditions and long periods of inactivity can lead to a range of issues, including:

Fluids and Lubrication: Regularly check and top up fluids such as coolant, oil, and brake fluid. Change fluids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Lubricate engine components to prevent rust and corrosion.

Battery Care: Keep your battery charged during periods of inactivity. Consider using a battery maintainer or trickle charger to avoid battery drain.

Weatherproofing: Seal any gaps or areas prone to water ingress, such as the distributor cap, wiring connections, and intake system. Applying a water-resistant silicone-based spray can provide an additional protective layer.

Paintwork: Look As Good As New

The paintwork of your classic car is a defining feature. Protect it with these measures:

Regular Washing: Regularly wash your car to remove dirt, bird droppings, and tree sap that can etch and damage the paint finish. Wash using a reputable pH-neutral car shampoo and microfiber mitts.

Avoid Automatic Car Washes: Avoid automatic car washes that use harsh brushes or abrasive materials. These can scratch or swirl the paintwork. Opt for handwashing or touchless car washes instead.

Polishing and Waxing: Periodically polish your car to remove imperfections and restore the paint’s shine. Apply a high-quality car wax to protect against UV rays and provide a hydrophobic layer.

By following these comprehensive measures to protect your classic car from bad weather, you can ensure its long-term beauty and performance. Remember, diligent care and attention to detail will prolong the lifespan of your beloved vehicle. Embrace the rewarding journey of preserving a classic, as you relish in the joy of driving your meticulously cared-for masterpiece.

Alongside these measures consider storing your car in our secure classic car storage facility, there are a number of benefits to doing this – read on for more information. 

Benefits Of Hogleaze Classic Storage

24/7 Access

Hogleaze Classic Storage is a storage company that specialises in classic and vintage cars, providing you with all of the things that you need to comfortably store your classic car here. With the British weather as unpredictable as it is, it’s a relief to know that when you choose Hogleaze you have 24/7 access to the facility, meaning that there is no need to pre-book. You can use your judgement as to whether to take your car for a spin or keep it stored away from the elements at the last minute!

Vehicle Maintenance

Another added benefit is that Hogleaze offers a pressure washer and tyre airline! Thanks to this, any damage that may have been done by the elements while the vehicle was not in storage can be mitigated as soon as you get back. You can also ensure that your tyres are in the best condition before you take your classic car out on the road. 

Secure facility

Our classic car storage is very secure, with alarms, cameras and key fob entry access so you can rest in the knowledge that your car will be looked after whilst in storage.


Our facility has electric roller doors with space to manoeuvre meaning entering and leaving is easy and hassle-free. There are electric sockets at each bay for any form of charging and you will have your own assigned, numbered bay to park in!

Ideal climate

With our insulated storage, you can be sure that both the interior and exterior of your car are kept in the best condition. By storing your classic car inside you don’t have to worry about water damage on even the rainiest of days. 

Additionally, you can keep the windows cracked slightly to ensure good airflow into the car 24/7 – no need to worry about water entering the vehicle when the British weather inevitably turns!

Get In Touch With Us Today

If you are interested in keeping your classic car safe, and you want the best solution to this, get in touch with us today. Speak to a friendly member of our expert team to get the process started and help you protect your car from all kinds of threats!

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I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

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Thank you once again.

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It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport