Take Care of Your Classic European Vehicle with These Tips

Whether you’ve just purchased a classic European car like a Fiat, an Aston Martin, or a Ferrari, or are the long-time owner of one or several of these cars, most of us agree that maintenance of a classic luxury vehicle is one of the most important factors to consider when owning such a treasured car. When it comes to maintaining such a vehicle, the phrase “you get out what you put in” undeniably comes to mind, and our guide on maintaining your vehicle will show you exactly how to get the most out of your vehicle

External Cleaning

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Cleaning the exterior of your car might be the first rudimentary step to maintaining your vehicle, but, believe it or not, it makes a difference. While washing your car yourself or even taking your vehicle to car washes regularly is an easy way to keep up its maintenance on the outside, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Cleaning the most common spots like your windshield, your headlights and your headlights are essential, but also cleaning the more overlooked spots of your car like the dashboard, the vents, the engine bay, the undercarriage and the tires, are just as important if not more so.

Internal Cleaning

In addition to external cleaning, making sure that the inside of your car (i.e., your engine, your transmission, etc.) is in tip-top shape is arguably more important than your exterior, since the internal parts of your car are what makes it run efficiently. This includes cleaning your transmission through flushing, either with a transmission fluid pump or taking it to an auto repair shop.In addition, you could also clean your engine by removing it, rinsing it off using any standard hose and drying it off using compressed air if that’s available. Be sure to degrease your engine every year or two to help ensure its full functionality and cleanliness.


Many classic car owners often utilize a storage space, be it a garage or a covered unit, and with good reason. Covering your car with a tarp is a good, old-fashioned way to protect your car’s paint from the weather, dirt and any other corrosion. However, if you are looking for a storage space to safely store your vehicle, be sure to scout for spaces that have finished floors instead of cement, gravel, or dirt, as these can potentially introduce moisture and other dirt particles to your car. Direct sunlight is a recipe for faded paint, so be sure to keep that in mind when parking in your driveway as opposed to your garage.

American European Auto Repair is located at 2321 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. We have a variety of services open on the weekdays from Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, and on Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM. Feel free to contact us at 941-925-8863 or by filling out the form below. We look forward to seeing you!