Preparing Your Classic Car For A Road Trip

As classic car owners, we have all dreamt of climbing behind the wheel and taking our pride and joy on a long road trip. The summer sun, the cool ocean breeze and the smell of vintage leather and petrol fill our thoughts. 

Then the dark cloud of reality sets in and we remember the last time we drove our newly restored classic more than an hour or two away from our homes. The engine overheated, the air con failed and the ride wasn’t as comfortable as we remembered it being in our youth. We quickly forget about the idea of a road trip and get back to work on our next garage project wishing that classic cars were as reliable as the modern cars we call our daily drivers.

If this sounds familiar, you know the frustration that many classic car owners have felt at some point. And, while your classic car might not have all of the creature comforts of modern day automobiles, the truth is, they can still endure a road trip every now and then without causing us too much grief. How so, you say? With the right amount of preparation and some simple precautions, just about any classic car can complete even the most ambitious road trip. Let’s see how:

6 Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Classic Car For A Road Trip

Tune-Up- even a very basic tune-up can work wonders on a car that is sluggish or that has ignition problems. Before any road trip, it is a good idea to give your classic car a tune-up including checking the spark and replacing the spark plugs, replacing dirty air filters, checking fuel system pressure, fluid levels and changing the oil and filter.

Check Hoses, Belts And Any Leaking Gaskets- a failed coolant hose, broken belt or leaking gasket could turn your road trip into a nightmare. Be sure to check your belts and hoses and replace any that are worn or damaged.

Tyres- before taking your classic car on a road trip, check the condition of the tyres and replace them if they are badly worn or damaged. Also, be sure to check your tyre pressure including the air pressure of the spare tyre.

Brakes- make sure that your brakes are functioning properly and that the fluid level in the master cylinder is correct.

Cooling System- check your classic car’s cooling system to make sure it is ready for long distance travel. Depending on the age and condition of your coolant, you might want to flush and refill your cooling system.

Road Test- before taking your classic car on a long road trip, take it for a test drive first. Note any issues it has and correct them before beginning your road trip.

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Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Skoda Kodiaq

Since its recent release, the Skoda Kodiaq has added a few new variants to the range to meet the needs of the market. The Skoda Kodiaq 2019 now has 4×4, the Sportline 4×4 and the seven seater introduced in 2017. These are all offered with a petrol or diesel engine, and they have various levels of equipment based on the variant chosen. With all of the available choices, it can be hard to choose which Skoda Kodiaq will best suit your needs. In this article, we will show three things that you need to know before you buy your Kodiaq.

The Base Level Specification

The Skoda Kodiaq price is a fantastic value proposition, and this is reflected in the specification of the entry level model. The entry level Kodiaq 4×4 132TSI petrol powered model includes the following kit as standard: leather upholstery, dual zone air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, a rear view camera, a 9.2” gesture controlled infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, Bluetooth hands free mobile operation and audio streaming, front door umbrellas, and 19” alloy wheels. This specification is built on as you ascend through the lineup and you can further customise your Kodiaq with a number of option packs.

Skoda Kodiaq Option Packs

The first choice that you need to make is the colour. There are seven colours to choose from, and most have a metallic or pearl finish. Other individual options can be added; they are a sunroof, 19” Triglav anthracite alloy wheels, and a three or five year servicing pack. There are other option packs with bundled options for more value; they are the Tech pack and the Luxury pack.

The Tech pack plenty of extra tech, such as adaptive chassis control, hands free tailgate use, a drive mode selector, automatic parking, maneuvering braking assist, a ten speaker stereo system and vehicle personalisation options.

The Luxury pack adds equipment, such as perforated leather seats, electric front heated front and rear seats with memory, blind spot detection, traffic jam assist, emergency assist, rear cross traffic alert, side folding powered wing mirrors with auto dimming, surround area view and three zone climate control.

Driver Assistance and Safety Features

As you can see from the base specification and the options offered in the tech and luxury packs, there are plenty of driver assistance and safety features available. The entry level Kodiaq mandatory safety features include traction and stability controls, nine airbags and antilock brakes. These are supplemented by more safety tech depending on the model chosen, such as: front assist (with city braking), front and rear parking sensors, driver fatigue detection, electronic differential lock, a rear view camera , multi-collision braking, tyre pressure monitoring, rain sensors, adaptive cruise control and a rain braking system. The only way to supplement this initial safety tech is to install either or both of the optional packs.

Buy a Car for Many Reasons Other Than the Price

It’s understandable if you’re a practical buyer. You want to consider the price first before deciding that it’s time to buy a vehicle. Besides, you already know your budget, and you can’t go beyond a specific amount.

If you’re trying to be practical, it’s okay since your goal is to drive a car that meets your needs. However, you shouldn’t buy one because you think that the vehicle is cheap. The price is a factor, but not the only one that will help you make up your mind.

Quality matters

You need to check the features of the vehicle first. Make sure that it’s of top quality before you decide to buy it. You might dislike the car because it’s not in perfect shape. It also doesn’t have the features that you want. If you’re looking at used cars, you might feel discouraged if the previous owner already drove it for long distances. If you don’t think the vehicle meets your threshold in terms of quality, you have to reject it.

The history report needs consideration

If you’re checking a used car right now, you also have to look at its history report. It reflects the maintenance history of the vehicle. It also shows if the car had a severe accident in the past. You can’t buy a car if the report suggests a terrible history. You’re already aware of the recurring problems, so you can’t take the risk.

Test driving the car could also reveal its quality

You will know if you’re looking at the right car based on your test drive experience. If the dealer doesn’t allow you to take the car out on a test drive even with a company representative, there’s something wrong. It indicates that the car is problematic, and the dealer is afraid that the test drive will reveal it. Another red flag is when you ask if a mechanic can check the car, and the dealer says no. You can’t evaluate the car properly because you’re not an expert. Therefore, you need an expert to tell you if there’s anything wrong that could impact the quality of the vehicle.

You might end up spending more

There’s nothing wrong with being practical, but you also have to consider how much more you’re going to spend in the long run. You might close the deal at a low price, but you could end up spending a lot more in the future. The repair costs could skyrocket if the used car isn’t in great shape, to begin with.

Take your time to see if the car on display is worth buying. You might have to wait for a while until you can find the perfect car that matches your needs. You can opt for a brand-new car if you can afford one. If you still want a used vehicle, you have to be cautious when screening the choices.