Retirement, I'm told, is something to look forward to. No more work just long lazy days wondering why the neighbours don't cut their hedge, wash their car or cut their grass often enough. Bliss.
So it must be for many elderly old cars, removed from the daily commute to be polished and mended and enjoyed on occasional sunny weekends.
|1976 MGB Roadster|
As proof, I've included a few photos of our cars' recent MOTs on this page.
|1974 Jensen Interceptor|
|1992 Alfa Romeo Spider|
Making classic cars reliable enough to withstand very high mileages in the hands of hundreds of different drivers every year is not easy. It doesn't help that in many cases the starting point is a car that wasn't much cop when it was new. Most of our classic hire fleet comprises classic British cars built, allegedly, by British Leyland such as MGs, Jaguars, Triumphs and Morrises. They date from the early 60s to the mid 80s, a period of 25 years during which BL learnt nothing except perfecting how to make cars badly.
|1969 Porsche 911|
|We run a full service workshop with four full time mechanics|
Another key to making our cars successful is knowing them inside out. Our workshop has spent a lot of time working on our fleet so when a problem occurs, they can generally address it quickly. We keep good maitnenance records, so we know what we've done.
|1960 Morris Minor Convertible|
Despite a hefty investment in reliability, sometimes cars still break down. They're old and it's inevitable. It's also annoying and frustrating for the customer. But, after eight years hiring out classic cars I know that we have done everything we can to minimise the risk. But we can't eradicate it.
When you're looking to hire a classic car here are a few pointers to help ensure you get a reliable car:
1. Check how long the car has been on the fleet
2. Find out what the maintenance regime is
3. Ask about the car's condition and when it was last mechanically and bodily overhauled
4. Ask what mileage it typically covers in a month
5. Ask what problems there have been recently
6. Find out how often the breakdown service has been called out to this car
7. What percentage of the cost of your hire goes back into maintenance (ours is 35%)
To find out more about the maintenance and improvement regime for our hire fleet call 01527 893733 or click here.