Mark Rhodes Protect by Dehum

BY MARK RHODES

How Does a Garage Dehumidifier Help With Storing Classic Cars?​

There is something very special in driving your first classic car home, ready to proudly work on it and look after it. The purchase of a car like this isn’t just about investing in an item- a classic car is so much more. It’s a hobby, a passion and a lifetime of enjoyment with the very vehicle you’ve been dreaming about owning for a lifetime.

What makes a classic car so special?

Classic and prestige cars are rarely bought on a total whim. It takes years of infatuation with the subject to really make somebody want to take the dive into classic car ownership. From the Aston Martins littering James Bond films to the Ferrari GT California Spyder from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (a personal favourite), every car enthusiast can remember the first time they laid eyes on their dream model.

There is a nostalgia associated with classic cars that extends beyond the fact that they are from a different, simpler time. There is something more personal there. It is a perfect blend of owning a piece of literal and sentimental history. Cars like these have value which extends beyond their materials and manufacturing- it feels like something that has a life and a rich history of its own.

“There is a nostalgia associated with classic cars that extends beyond the fact that they are from a different, simpler time. There is something more personal there.

Not all cars are equal...

It’s all too easy to forget that cars don’t last forever. The average length of car ownership in the UK is around four years with the cars overall lifespan being sixteen years. When cars are usually scrapped by owners after sixteen years of usage, we can see that most of us will only be driving a particular vehicle for a quarter of its usual life-cycle.

This information can provide a lot of insight into how we perceive the best ways to store cars. It’s easy to assume that because you stored your old vehicle in a garage without an issue, then that is also an acceptable way to store your classic vehicle.

The important fact of the matter is that a classic car operates under totally different circumstances to your everyday commuting vehicles. They are purposefully not driven every day by their owners, who will constantly be working on them, tinkering with them, polishing and preserving them. This is simply not an attitude that we have towards the everyday vehicle that is purchased and used out of necessity and functionality over passion and nostalgia.

Why does a classic car need more help?

The fact that this attitude towards how we store cars is so ingrained into our mindset of owning a vehicle, it comes as no surprise that taking the necessary steps to preserve a prestige vehicle has flown under the radar for many.

On the surface level, a garage is an ideal environment to store any car. Out of the elements where it can stay nice and dry and clean would appear to be perfect. The issue with this is that garages are not able to block out the one thing that can truly affect the materials on any vehicle that you might own: humidity.

“The important fact of the matter is that a classic car operates under totally different circumstances to your everyday commuting vehicles.”

Corrosion on cars usually shows the first signs of development on the underside of the vehicle. This is because with less space to move, there is less airflow on the underside of the vehicle, and so the moisture is unable to evaporate as the air is not circulating efficiently.

Moisture in the air is the one determining factor as to the rate of corrosion of materials. For metals like steel, the rust development exponentially increases after the RH (relative humidity) level hits 60%.

Levels of humidity in the UK average 80% year-round. This means that no matter what time of year, the materials that make up your classic car are at risk. These materials will be more at risk during the colder times of the year, this is due to the effect of temperature on the dew point.

It’s easy to think that because your day to day car looks fine on a surface level, everything is absolutely fine and it hasn’t experienced the effects of the atmosphere on its materials. 

The fact of the matter is very different from this. Rates of corrosion will vary, but in an unconditioned environment, a car will feel the effects of humidity and rust in areas that can harm both the mechanics and the aesthetics of your vehicle.

A garage dehumidifier allows you to truly live out the dream that has been stuck in your head since the day you first set eyes on your dream car. A classic car is most likely going to be the only major long-term vehicle investment that you make. 

A garage dehumidifier allows you to truly live out the dream that has been stuck in your head since the day you first set eyes on your dream car. A classic car is most likely going to be the only major long-term vehicle investment that you make.

The fact of the matter is that a classic car will always mean more to an owner than their everyday vehicle.

This sentimental value is where the true worth of a classic or prestige car is defined- to the owner, these vehicles are practically priceless. By simply treating your prestige car as you would a car that you use day-to-day, you’re sacrificing the longevity of the quality you want to maintain. 

These cars are an investment that is made to last as long as possible- a garage dehumidifier makes this an achievable goal without sacrificing the opportunity to look at your vehicle.

This isn’t just a solution for preservation, it’s also a solution for accessibility, quality and enjoyment that inspired you to purchase a classic car in the first place.

 

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