Buying a Classic Car: What You Should Know

If you’re buying a classic car, here is what you should know to make it the easiest process possible. Taking the right steps to ensure a successful purchase is easier than you think. These steps will make your classic car buying experience quick and painless.

Before buying your classic car, ask yourself a few questions.

  1. What type of car do you want? There are hundreds of makes and models of classic cars. Many people know they would like to buy a classic car, but don’t know what type, without knowing the make and model you will waste time searching for something you aren’t sure of. Before you search, compile a list of 3-5 cars, this way you will have a back up if you can not find your preferred make and model.
  2. What will the car be used for? Are you just looking for a nice conversation piece or do you want to hit the road in your classic car? It is important to know for sure because the buying process is different for each one.
  3. What specific features do you want? Generally every car does the same thing, but each one has features that make them different. Decide which features your classic car needs before you purchase it.
  4. Are there any car clubs or dealers in your area?  Car clubs and dealers can not only give you experience based tips on buying a classic car, but they may also be selling one or know someone who is looking to sell.
  5. Once you have figured out the basics, it is time to purchase the car. There are a few things that need to be done to ensure the easiest most efficient car buying process.
  6. Utilize online car selling sites.  The Internet has some great sites that are not only trusted, but sell great classic cars. Beginning your search online is a possible way to save time and avoid searching from dealer to dealer.
  7. Pay a visit to local classic car dealers. If you have already searched online and have not found the classic car of your dreams, then go to a classic car dealer and see what they have to offer. It will be helpful to speak with someone in person because you may have questions.
  8. Find out what the car was used for. If the owner used the car for midnight drag races, you may not want to invest in it. Assess the worth of the car based up on its use. It may have been the family car or the car used for getting to work every day. Each possibility introduces new possible issues with the car; which brings me to my next point.
  9. Inspect the inside of the car too. If this was the family car then the chances of finding sticky dirty fingerprints increases. Many people meticulously inspect the outside of a car and give the inside a quick glance. The interior is just as important.
  10. Compile a list of questions. Write down every question you have about certain cars. Sometimes a question may pop into your head and derail you from your original thought. Having a list prevents you from forgetting the question altogether.
  11. Have a mechanic look at the car BEFORE you purchase it. Any trusted car dealer will let you take the car to a mechanic before making the purchase or let you bring your own mechanic to take a look at it. If the dealer denies both of these requests then do not buy the car. They are most likely trying to hide something from you.
  12. Do a history report on the car. These are usually done online and tell you how many owners the car had had and any accidents it has been in. It also tells you if the car is stolen or not. It is extremely important to do this because you do not want a lemon on your hands.
  13. Get behind the wheel before you purchase! Unless the car is only going to be used for show, you need to get behind the wheel. Every car feels different when driven and you want to be sure you are satisfied with its capabilities.
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