Having a vintage is like keeping a part of the history at your very garage. Like a piece of art, archaeological discovery, and an antique furniture, it is very important that you are careful enough to maintain its beauty and functionality. Here are some basic tips that will help you keep your investment good-looking and well-performing.
Make sure it’s always covered
Rain, wind, and the heat and rays of the sun are some of the enemies of your vintage car.
If your car is exposed to water for a long duration, it will promote the development of rust, eating away your car. This will be a problem since it will be difficult to find the exact parts to replace the rusted ones.
The wind can gust debris to your vehicle, causing scratches and dents.
The sun can cause so much heat, which can affect several parts of your vintage car.
Simply keeping your vintage car covered or safely tucking it inside your garage is one of the most effective ways in keeping your car damaged from those elements.
Regularly inspect the car
Even if you are the most skillful intelligent professional in a field, you will still need a second opinion from time to time. If you do the checkups by yourself, you will still have to ask another professional to inspect your vintage car.
There are countless times where owners miss to find easy adjustments or repairs that can cause bigger problems.
Not only that, a mechanic can also find the parts to replace the damaged ones, saving you the time to do the man-hunt.
Detailing your vehicle
Detailing is the foundation of a great vehicle maintenance. By cleaning every small and big part of your vehicle on a regular basis, your car will prevent getting damages from dirt and grime buildup.
Like any normal car, if your vehicle is dirty, it will result to a bad performance, rusted parts and a cracking paint.
Make sure that you rinse and dry your vehicle meticulously after washing to take away residual soap scum. You also have the option to add a coat of wax to protect your car from outside elements and to keep its vintage look.
However, before you wax, make sure to remove contaminates and oxidation on the surface of your car. If the car paint looks shiny but feels rough, it needs to be treated with a clay bar and a polish. If it appears dull, you will need to gone it over with a bugger. If you feel uncomfortable doing this step, you can call a professional to do it for you.
Take it on the road
There is no fun if you’re just going to lock up a beautiful, vintage car inside your garage. Taking it on the road isn’t just for a show, but it also improves it performance and the ability to last longer.
If you keep it locked up for a long time, it will increase the risk of corrosion, and the rust will be able to stop it from running.
Statistically (and theoretically) a lot of people would rather get bitten by a venomous snake than to be in the same room with a more venomous car salesman. This is because of the stereotypical image of them shown on television and in movies. They are portrayed as disreputable men in suit that will do almost anything to close a deal.
But even though this stereotype isn’t true, they studied and trained to be able to make sales to customers like you. Therefore, it’s your responsibility to know if you’re being treated fairly.
If you’re going to buy a new car, there is little to no chance that you won’t be facing a car salesman. The best thing that you can do is to prepare yourself with lots of information. It’s almost like you wont give your child coffee due to concerns around coffee affecting growth. Just like that, buying a new car is a big decision, so you have to properly understand what kind of vehicle you want, and what features it should have.
Even if you’re just going to buy a used car, you’ll still be approached by a salesman. Therefore, make sure you understand terms like extended warranties, roadside assistance and other types of services they will try to offer with your purchase.
Don’t give out too much personal information if not needed
Individuals working in the marketing and selling industry are taught to know everything about a customer so they know what type of strategies to use to get a sale. What you can do is that you should give them little information about you and your current situation.
Like for example, don’t tell them that you want to buy a car in that very day, or they will try to their very best to bargain you to buy one of their cars.
Don’t go alone and bring someone with you
If you’re going to look for cars, bring someone with you, he/she could be a family member, a friend or a coworker. Did you know that when you’re alone, salesman will take advantage of your vulnerability under pressure? Having someone with you lessens that risk of rushing into a uninformed decision.
Don’t look excited to buy a new car
We understand how excited you are to finally buy a new car after months of waiting and eating on Chinese-take out. But, if you show the same enthusiasm in front of a salesman, you’re transferring that level of excitement to them, making you blind of the reality.
If you found a car that has the color, features and design that you’ve always wanted, don’t be too excited-looking, breathe and ask more information about the car. And even though you’ve already decided, continue to look at other cars, acting like you’re still undecided what to buy.
There are many other ways to prevent yourself from getting fooled by a car salesman. The most important thing that you should be aware of is that you MUST not get fooled by them.
- During this year, Ferdinand Porsche designed the “People’s car”, or also known as the Volkswagen. The first prototype had a 700cc air-cooled 4-cylinder engine, and a 22.5 horsepower.
- As soon as the war is over, Volkswagen commenced the mass production of the beetle, under the supervision of the British military authorities. The first batch was able to make 20, 000 models.
- When the British tried to handover the ownership of the Wolfsburg Motor Works, a former Opel executive named as Heinz Nordhoff was appointed to manage the factory.
Despite a few setbacks, Nordhoff began exporting the vehicles to several countries in Europe including Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland.
- Volkswagen were able to export vehicles to the United States. This time, the ownership was handed over to the West German federal government.
- Because of the successful exportation, they were able to sell 330 VWs all over the United States.
- The original cable brakes of the Type I was replaced with hydraulically operated drums of all 4 corners. A Solex carburetor was also added to the engine, raising the car’s horsepower from 24 to 30.
- Volkswagen connected the transmission’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears with synchromesh.
- The split-rear-window design was replaced by a faintly bigger, single oval rear window.
- Volkswagen improved the VW’s engine displacement from 1131 cc 1192 cc, increasing the horsepower from 30 to 36.
- The company added tubeless tires to the vehicle.
- Volkswagen change the rear window again, making the opening bigger.
- An automatic choke and pump-type windshield washer system was included, increasing the horsepower to 50.
- Volkswagen increased the engine displacement to 1493 cc, increasing another 3 horsepower and a badge update to 1500.
- Volkswagen introduced the Automatic Stich Shift semi-automatic transmission option to their beetle.
- The company added a double-jointed rear axle to the car, and an electric defroster on the rear window.
- Engine displacement was increased to 1585 cc, improving the horsepower to 57.
- The front suspension was updated for the first time, transforming it in to a strut-type. Ports for computer-analysis equipment are attached halfway through the car. The cylinder heads has 2 intake ports improving the horsepower to 60.
- The Super beetle is out, with the new electronic fuel injection, energy-absorbing bumper, and a horsepower drop to 46.
- The Beetle Sedan was done, but the convertible was still able to make sales.
- The Beetle production is back, equipped with 115-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylcinder (water-cooled and driving the front wheels), and a 1.9-liter TDI diesel four.
- The new Beetled added a 150-hp turbocharged 1.8-L four. Ultimately, it became a redesigned of the 4-generation Golf, with too many semi-circles.
- Volkswagen created 250 RSi models for Europe. It is equipped with a 221-hp 3.2-L V-6, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and a 6-speed manual transmission.
- Volkswagen released the Turbo S, with a 180-hp version of the same turbocharged 4 working more boost. It also features a slick front and rear fascia, unique-looking tires, and a sports suspension.
- Type I died, with a total sales of 21 M units. The convertible version returns.
- VW introduced a new model, with the fenders getting creases and the front fascia designed with a blockier appearance. The 2.0-L four was replaced with a 150-hp 2.5-L inline-five.
- Volkswagen showcased a 170-hp 2.5-liter inline-five and a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four from the Jetta GLI.
- They added a 2.0-L TDI.
- The second return of the convertible.
- VW introduced the Beetle Dune, with two versions, a coupe and a convertible. Both are front-drive and has a suspension lift of 0.4”.