Your Classic Car

So you’ve put in the hours in your yard/garage.  You rebuilt her from the ground up – putting in days, weeks, months and years into your baby rebuilding the engine, bondoing rust damage, knocking out dents, sanding, painting, re-doing the interior just exactly how it was back in the day when it rolled off the factory floor. Wood, varnish, leather and steel combined subtly, minimally and simply like cars used to in earlier days.

So after all that time there are some choices to make before you actually take her out on the road. Do you want to cherish and protect your artistic creation and keep it to yourself, only taking it our for the occasional Sunday drive or do you want to show it off every day, in every way all over town and maybe even on the highways of the USA?  It can be a tough decision to make, because obviously if you use it regularly for normal driving your classic mint beauty will be subject to a great deal of wear and tear -> dings in the body/windshield, interior and engine wear and all the rest of it.  But at the same time, you get to really enjoy the fruits of your labor, so why wouldn’t you use it often, right?
If you only plan to drive your car once in awhile, then you can apply for a leisure driving registration/plate from your respective state’s motor vehicle bureau as well as getting your car some leisure driving insurance also.

On the other hand, if you are going to make your vintage ride a daily driver and cruise the streets of your city or town on a more frequent basis, then you need to register with your state accordingly and get full insurance coverage.
Like I said, you’ve put in a lot of money, time, thought and effort into getting your museum piece to this point, so don’t cheat yourself by rushing the decision of making it a daily or occasional driver.  Take your time, think about it and talk to an insurance agent about possible options.  There are some companies that offer medium use options if you want to use it a couple times a week but not every day.  (Typically leisure insurance coverage will only cover you for about one day of use per week).
Whatever you decide, enjoy the rewards of your toil and make the most of each day you are lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a classic gem. And if you are just starting out or thinking about taking on a classic car rejuvenation project, go for it! It will likely be harder, take longer and cost more than you think it will.  But if you can realize and accept that, it is totally worth it and the journey itself is enjoyable and relaxing/destressing in it’s own way.

Read our article on classic car insurance for more detailed information and make sure you insure your classic car the right way.

Mike Machina has written for 944 Magazine/944.com, Comcast, The Onion and Westword and has been a car enthusiast since he was first able to get behind the wheel of a truck on his friend’s farm in elementary school. He specializes in blogging about classic cars, everyday driving tips, maintenance, insurance and car humor.

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