Dash cams have become increasingly more common in vehicles across Canada. After all, how many times have you wished you had a camera before, during, or after a traffic accident? But what about their use in classic cars?

What Is a Dash Cam?

A dash cam, which may also be called a “dashboard camera” or “driving recorder,” is a device that records the view through your front or back window continuously. These devices offer several benefits to vehicle owners. For example, dash cams can protect vehicle owners and drivers from police corruption and insurance fraud. For this reason, insurance brokers recommend the use of dash cams in vehicles on a daily basis.

Dash Cams in Classic Cars

Dash cams offer benefits that are useful for owners of all types of vehicles, including classic cars. In fact, owners of classic cars may even have more reasons to use these devices than other vehicle owners do. Classic cars often have a legacy, as well as a higher level of sentiment attached to them. Because these vehicles have a history, they deserve the highest level of protection a dash cam can offer.

But for some owners of classic cars, installing a dash cam is simply out of the question. If you actively compete in classic car shows, or just consider yourself a “purist,” you may not want to make even a minor modification to your vehicle in order to protect its value. And if you fall into this category, your opinion is also justified. However, if you are not opposed to a small vehicle modification, installing a dash cam may be beneficial. But keep in mind, with any modification or updates to your classic vehicle, no matter how big or small, always inform your insurance broker to guarantee coverage and update your insurance policy.

Buying a Classic Car Compatible Dash Cam

Although dash cams can be a valuable addition to a classic car, classic cars will not be compatible with the majority of modern dash cams that are currently on the market. In order to find a device that works with your vehicle, you will need to do some research. When shopping for a dash cam for your classic car, consider the following:

1. You may be able to find a dash cam made specifically for a classic car.

Some manufacturers sell dash cams for classic cars specifically. Finding a dash cam made especially for a classic car ensures that you will be able to install it properly.

2. Adaptors may be available.

Even if a dash cam is not made specifically for a classic car, it may still work if it has a USB cable port or some other type of adaptor that allows it to be connected. 

3. It is important to make sure outlets work properly.

Some classic cars have analogue wiring and may not regulate the voltage properly. It is important to investigate this issue before installing a dash cam.

4. Dash cam settings may be lost periodically.

Many owners of classic cars store their vehicles during the winter months. Batteries are usually disconnected during this time. If you select a dash cam that loses its settings when it is disconnected from power, this can be problematic.

5. You may need to work with a classic car mechanic.

Installing a dash cam in a classic car can be complicated and time-consuming. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to work with a classic car mechanic when installing your device.

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