So you have bought a supercar, what’s next? Well, sadly the bills don’t stop after purchase, however there are ways to ensure the bills are less regular than they need to be!
Servicing the Car
Firstly, get online, look on the owner’s websites and forums and find a good specialist nearby that has had a number of recommendations. A good specialist can save you thousands. Try to find one that is a specialist on your particular car. This is harder when buying modern hypercars. They typically require very specialized skills that often only manufacturers have but for cars from the 80s, 90s and 00s there will often be a technician with factory training offering identical services, at a lower rate and with a more personal service.
Secondly, how by the book do you want to be? If you are handy with tools, some basic procedures can be tackled yourself. Oil changes, spark plugs and basic servicing need not cost thousands. Parts are often a fraction of the cost bought privately. Do consider that if your car has a full service history these cost cutting measures should be avoided so as to protect the value of your car.
Taking Care of the Engine
Regular use is vital, cars do not like to be left parked and can quickly develop problems through lack of use, especially those big V12 engines! Ideally, you should start the car at least once a month and take it for a short drive to bring the engine to full operating temperature. This also helps the rest of the car stay lubricated and free moving.
Even in the winter, leaving a cherished car unused can do more harm than running it through the winter as long as you make sure the car is kept clean and dried off after use in wet conditions.
Cleaning Your Supercar
For cleaning, the best thing you can do is get the car professionally valeted and get them to care for your car on a regular basis. Wherever you are based you should have no problem finding one that can clean your car at your home or place of work. Don’t just opt for a simple clean. Go for one of their detailing packages which should include paint protection.
If you are cleaning the car yourself in-between valets, wash the coachwork, spray-clean the underside and leave the car to dry in the open air or if the weather is good and roads aren’t dusty, take the car for a drive to dry it thoroughly. Then polish the exterior and leave the wax on to help prevent paintwork deterioration. It is also worth considering pumping the tires up to a higher than recommended amount to prevent flat-spotting when parked for over a month.
Fuel and Battery Maintenance
Modern fuels are very good, but tend to go off very quickly. There are a number of fuel preservatives on the market that can help to slow corrosion, oxidation and keep the fuel in good condition.
If the car is going to be parked up for a few months, then make sure to leave the battery attached to a trickle charger. Any longer than a few months and I would recommend removing the battery. Just make sure you know the security code on your stereo!
Where to Store Your Supercar
The best place to store your car is in a dry, airy barn or a wood/brick garage. Concrete units can sometimes “sweat” in very cold conditions causing dampness and fungi. An inflatable plastic tent, with fans to keep air moving inside is the most preferential option when storing your car on your own property.