THE host of Wheeler Dealers has revealed why you should never keep your car locked in your garage during the winter months.
Mike Brewer, 59, who co-presents the Discovery Channel’s show with Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestly, said owners could be facing pricey repairs otherwise.
The popular TV show sees vintage vehicles restored to their former glory and sold in the hope of making a tidy profit.
Brewer said that vintage car owners should never leave their cars in the garage unattended throughout autumn and winter in order to avoid having to fork out for potentially pricey repairs.
Brewer told Express.co.uk: “If I don't drive them frequently and regularly they don’t like it, they start to leak, they start to decay, the rubbers don’t like it. It’s simple things.
“If you’ve got a classic car, now's the time to talk about this coming into winter.
“Lots of people will take their classic cars and tuck them away in the garage and forget about them until the spring.”
He advised owners should sit in their beloved car once a month and start it up, letting the engine warm up to normal running temperature and then let it cool down.
Brewer also said the doors needed to regularly opened and shut, because the rubber seals need to compress in order for them to remain supple.
If they aren’t opened and shut regularly, they can dry out and decay.
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Classic cars can “suffer” from the cold winter months without getting regular attention, according to the experts at insurance company Carole Nash.
Fluids in the car, like oil and antifreeze can thicken in the cold temperatures which then could cause “multiple internal issues”.
Batteries can also seize up due to the freezing temperatures and tyre pressures can also fluctuate when they’re not being used.
Meanwhile, a clever mum has shared what she calls her lazy driver parking hack for icy mornings.
Cathy Pedrayes, who goes by The Mom Friend on TikTok, revealed the simple move that will make your life a lot easier during the winter months.
The influencer revealed that the key to success is how far along the driveway you need to park your car.
She said: "If you have a long driveway and it's going to snow overnight, park at the end of the driveway instead of close to your house.
"When you leave, you won't have to shovel as much to get out."
Cathy said you can use the same trick for your snow plow or blower.
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