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Keep the Insurance Man Happy – Protect the Classic Car

Nov 9th 2015 at 4:44 AM

Immobilizing Your Prize Asset

The simplest way to immobilize your classic car is to install a cut-off switch. This would normally be added to the the main connection lead pertaining to the battery. Nevertheless, it must be hidden well, otherwise, those unwanted types will easily locate it and carry on regardless.

More on the cunning side is to slot a tap into the fuel line at a nicely convenient location. By doing this, a thiefis only going to make it a few yards down the roadway before being forced to coast to a not-so-flying halt. These taps are available from the general motorsport supply store.

If you belong to a certain school of thought that says nothing is too evil for those who belong to the thieving fraternity, do remember that the temptation to wire your prize auto up to your house’s mains supply, thereby frying any low-life that endeavors to steal the auto, will end up in you being unceremoniously hauled in for illegal action rather than the other way around. Thus, this isn’t a particularly sensible pursuit on your part.

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The Contents

There’s little doubt that common sense ought to dictate that if you opt to leave any item that is worthy of thieving visible inside your automobile, irrespective it’s a prized classic or otherwise, it’s far from an ideal plan of thought.

That said, hide away the valuables, particularly the period Motorola radio which is tuned in to Radio Caroline on a permanent basis.

Of course, it should be needless to say, but worth saying anyway, at least as a reminder, that all sat navs and smartphones (and not so smart phones) should be kept well out of sight, even when popping into the local shop for a bag of tea.

And, if you own a convertible antique of an automobile, don’t overlook the tax disc. It’s tricky to protect the valuables in a classic roadster at the best of times, but don’t forget the tax disc. Yes, it could be zero-rated if you’re riding around in a pre- 1970s vehicle, but it still represents a severe pain in the rear if you find that it’s been swiped.

Really, there’s not a whole lot to stop someone from taking the tax disc from a convertible other than by fitting a motor-cycle style or high security disc holder. Try to ensure that it’s fitted in such a manner that when removing both the holder and the inner disc it becomes a particularly involved process. A process that the majority of light-fingered folks wouldn’t have the time for.

Good fortune reigns as this is now far less of a problem issue on account of computerization of taxation records.

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