Classic cars can be a great joy to drive. Whether it is to bring on a nostalgic feeling or you want to be the talk of the town. There are some factors you would want to consider before purchasing your first or next classic car.
One of the best pieces of advice we could give you when purchasing a classic car. Is to purchase it from a specialized shop in the brand you are considering. Once you have made a purchase, have it maintained from that same shop. It is a good idea to have the same people work on a car that they are familiar with, it will be more cost-effective in the long run.
We are sure you have heard it before but one golden rule to follow is, if the price seems too good to be true, it most likely is! We recommend doing a little bit of research to try and get an idea of a baseline when it comes to pricing. Websites like NADA Guides may be a good place to start. Just like real estate, you can find some that compare if possible to determine true market value.
Another general rule we would want you to consider is looking into the history of the car. This could be done by running the carfax. However, it is important to note that the carfax may not populate for all classic cars depending on the age of the car.
As a quick bonus tip, rust is your worst enemy- if you see rust on the car go ahead and walk away. Or, find an expert to advise you if the rust damage can be repaired.
In the end, classic cars can be a real treat. Remember that buying and maintaining your car from a specialized shop that is well seasoned in classic cars are you going to be your cheapest option in the long run. If the price is too good to be true, then it is! It doesn’t always work out but try to get an idea of your car’s history. Lastly, if you see rust then it is not for you. With these tips, you should be able to drive your new-to-you classic car with ease.