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5 Guidelines to Follow Before Purchasing a Classic Car

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Buying a classic car is a big commitment, and along with it comes many other time demands and monetary investments.  One should not buy a classic car on a whim or impulsively, as purchasing one is a pretty major occurrence.  There are lots of people who love classic cars in the United States, but far fewer who actually own them.  This is because it’s a big decision to buy a classic car, and few people jump into this decision without really thinking it through.

There are a lot of factors to consider when getting ready to pull the trigger on buying a classic car.  One must consider things like, first and foremost, which classic car one wants to buy.  It’s always recommended to research intensively the classic cars that one is interested in and pick the one that is liked the most.

Other things to consider are the price of the car.  A fully restored classic car can cost anywhere from thirty-thousand dollars to over a hundred-thousand dollars.  Cars that are not yet restored will be cheaper.  However, that leads into the next point of owning a classic car.  This is the factor of time.  Does one have time for the project?  To really take good care of a classic car and to really make it a good addition to the family one will have to spend a few dozen hours’ worth of maintenance on it every few months, or hire someone else to do it.  If one can manage the financial obligation and the time responsibility of buying a classic car, then the pros would say go for it, but these points definitely should be considered first.

Guidelines to Keep an Eye on Before Making the Purchase


Listed below are a few tips and guidelines that one should keep an eye on that can make a pretty big difference in one’s car buying experience.  These are:

  1. Get a professional inspection of the car.  This is probably one of the wisest choices that you can make.  This is a big purchase and a big commitment after all, and it’s smart to do the right thing and get that car examined before you pull the trigger.
  2. Say “no” to rust.  If you see rust on a model that you’re interested in, save your money, and keep looking for another model.  Rust is the cancer of cars.  It just keeps coming back once it starts.  So when you see rust start to form, the wise choice is to look for a rust-free model.
  3. Research insurance costs for the car.  It may seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people forget this point.  When you research insurance costs for a car, you are closely examining just what exactly needs to go into the car as far as monetary commitment goes.
  4. Factor in how much it will cost to maintain the car.  This is another important point to consider.  The cost of maintaining a car can be exorbitant, especially when it is being used for a show car or a restored car only.
  5. Find a mechanic for that car before you buy it.  How many people actually know how to work on that particular model?  Is it too rare to find parts for it easily?  Though it takes a small amount of the fun out of classic car buying, a lot of people choose to buy more common models of classic cars simply so that parts can be more available and easier to get and less expensive.

In the end, if you have decided that you want a classic car then you’ve made a good decision as they are fun, worthwhile, meaningful, and a great hobby.  Consider the above points and the time and money factor before you buy one, and you will be all set.  Treat your purchase like you would any other major purchase, and you will be all set.  Don’t make it an impulse buy, and you will be all set.  Happy hunting and happy buying!

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