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Buying one’s first car can be a tricky process and sometimes even difficult for those who are jumping in and doing it. Financing your first car is quite the plunge, and is indicative of coming of age and entering into adulthood. Studies show that most Americans buy their first car between the ages of 18 and 25. For young adults who are getting ready to make this big purchase and big commitment, there are a few things to know before you buy:
Put twenty percent or more down, if you can. Just as is the case with buying a house, doing a conventional loan where you put down twenty percent of the total cost in your down payment is really the best way to go. This allows you to throw in a hefty chunk of the car’s cost right off the bat. This allows your term to be shorter too, because you’ve already [...]
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Buying a certified used car is often a wise idea, but there are some factors to keep in mind when pursuing this avenue. Buying a used car can be a great experience, and it does constitute the vast majority of car buying in the United States every year, but that does not mean that there aren’t risks involved with it too.
For the most part, most car buying experiences are pretty swell. Most car buying experiences go off without a hitch, but there are those that have hang-ups and that cause problems of one kind or another. For example, people sometimes get taken advantage of and, even if this is not the norm, this is still often what a lot of people think of when they think of buying a used car.
What to Know Before You Buy
There are a couple points to consider when buying a used car:
Comments Off on 5 Signs It’s Time to Breakup with Your Car Dealer
The whole subject of human relations is a topic that we could get into quite extensively and write a very long article about. Human relations and how we interact with others affect us on a day-to-day basis and makes a lot of differences in how different parts of our life turn out. This could include something as simple as the people we go to for all of our car and automotive needs, including when it’s time to get a car worked on or when it’s time to upgrade to a different classic car.
Classic automotive dealerships are not very common. It is a niche market to say the least and each state generally speaking only has a few of them. This is one reason of many why we tend to feel pretty loyal to our classic automotive dealerships. However, once in a while we will feel the need to cut the ties with our automotive [...]
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Car manufacturing has been one of the most changing and evolving industries out there. This has been a very diverse and changing industry, with each year bringing some changes, and each decade bringing major leaps forward and entire evolutions of cars. To a degree, car manufacturing often changes in some small way almost overnight, and the industry definitely does change significantly every year. Every ten years, the industry is practically unrecognizable as to how it was ten years prior. The truth of the matter too is that the leaps and bounds that are being taken now, when compared to the types of leaps and bounds that were occurring decades ago. The car manufacturing process and industry is changing so quickly and has been evolving so fast since the turn of the century that there is no telling what kinds of cars we will be driving even just another few years from now.
Comments Off on Pros and Cons of Buying a Car at an Auction
Where do most people get their classic cars? Craigslist? EBay? Auto trader? An ad in the local paper? Word of mouth? For sale sign and the car in the person’s front yard? At an official dealer? Not necessarily. In fact, the majority of classic cars are bought and sold at classic car auctions. This includes classic cars that are in pre and the post restoration stage.
Classic car auctions can be and are a great place to buy and sell classic cars. The auction style and sort of old fashioned feel of an in-person auction is very appropriate to the buying and selling process of the car itself, and because of the auction nature of the sales process, cars can be gotten at a steal.
Keep in mind however that, just like with anything else, there can be and is pros and cons to buying and selling a car at such an auction. A [...]
Spring is upon us, and for those of us who own classic cars, this time of the year means that it is time to get our classics ready for the driving season. Some of us have classic cars that we don’t drive at all, and some of us have classic cars and we only drive them during the warmer, drier seasons. I don’t think there are many of us who drive our classics in the cold winter months!
So remove that dusty car cover, change the oil in your beauty, and polish the chrome on your lovely little driving machine. It’s the driving season! This may be a little premature, as spring is barely upon us, but we get excited at the prospect of a new life and a new adventure in our classic cars in a new season, so we often jump right into it and start getting our cars ready to go, [...]
Comments Off on Restoring vs. Customizing: Understanding the Needs of Your Classic Car
Sometimes people have a tendency to take on a classic car project a little prematurely. It’s not to say that it is a bad idea to buy such a car, in fact quite the opposite. Owning a classic car has multiple benefits and excellent aspects that go along with it. The only variable is that sometimes people dive in to the experience a little too soon, or at least before they do significant research in the area. Committing to a classic car is a pretty big deal. It’ll rack up either dollar signs on outgoing checks or time on one’s clock, or a combination of both. It is an immensely rewarding experience, but those who tackle it with knowledge and understanding of the field first always have a better overall experience.
First up, people need to understand the difference between restoring a classic car and customizing a classic car. Big, big, big difference here. [...]
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Owning a classic car is a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience, but it is a lot of responsibility too. If one wants to keep their classic car in good shape then they need to consider exactly how to use it, when to use it, and how often. A classic car needs to be treated with a certain amount of respect and admiration. The thing with a classic car is that it is not quite like any other car. Because a classic car is several decades old, it can’t just be treated quite like other cars are treated. This will mean bad news for classic car owners if this is how they operate with their cars.
Instead, it is much better to set up something of a schedule with your classic, and be a little more reliable and dependable with it. Treat it a certain way, and it will give you years [...]
Comments Off on Rust Removal Guide: How to Maintain the Integrity of Your Classic Car
Probably one of the most disturbing and difficult aspects to owning and maintaining a classic car is that one, four letter word that starts with an “R” that we all hate to hear. Rust. Rust has been said to be the cancer of cars. Once a car gets rust, it becomes almost impossible to get rid of it. Furthermore, once one does get rid of it, it often times comes back if one did not get rid of it correctly or in the right way. There are certain, very key steps that one has to follow to do this properly. If the steps are not followed, then the rust often comes back.
Out of everything maintenance and upkeep oriented when it comes to classic cars, this of them all is probably considered to be the most important of them all. Rust is a big problem. It can actually be terrifying, because it means the [...]
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Owning a classic car is a big commitment, both in time and in money. Classic cars need a level above the ordinary when it comes to maintenance, upkeep, protection, and general care than other cars do. Because of their age, and because of the sheer number of years stacked up on such cars, the individual parts of the car need to be maintained, and they need to be monitored more frequently. For example, the vinyl roof on a car that is just a few years old does not need to be taken care of as much as a vinyl roof that is several decades old.
How to Go About Cleaning a Classic Car’s Convertible Vinyl Top
Here is a step by step list of how best to go about cleaning a classic car’s convertible vinyl top:
First of all, make sure that your classic car is parked in the shade. As a general [...]
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Restoring a classic Corvette. What a dream! What a vision! The classic, ever classy, ever awesome Corvette is arguably the best classic car out there. It certainly does have an incredibly impressive following. Some classic car guys are not just classic car guys, they are Corvette Guys. Corvettes stand out as a cut above the rest in the American classic car forum, and they have earned the title of being the best too. Those who have classic corvettes love them, and those who do not have them lust after them indefinitely until they finally get one of their own. These beautiful cars are power and glamour incarnate, on the exterior, under the hood, and on the interior. There never has been anything quite like them, and there probably never will be in the future.
What Kind of Restoration Do You Want to Do?
One of the great things about the Corvette community is that [...]
Comments Off on Classic, Vintage & Antique: How to Identify Your Car’s Classification
Classic cars, vintage cars, antique cars, these are some of the most loved cars out there. We get really excited about these cars for a variety of different reasons. We like the way they look, as there is nothing out there on the road today quite like a particular classic car. What a unique thing to look at! We also like them for their history. They show us a glimpse at the past, and they make that past live on in their embodiment. We also like them for what we get out of them. A hobby, a mode of transportation, a method of getting around, a method of moving from one place to the other, something to do with our time, and something that we can get excited about. It all comes together to be something pretty great. We can even take these cars to car shows and get even more out of them [...]
Comments Off on 5 Guidelines to Follow Before Purchasing a Classic Car
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 [...]
Comments Off on 6 Tips for Prepping Your Car for an Auto Show
One of the most cherished moments that classic car owners get to experience is featuring their loved car in an auto show. For some classic car owners, this is a huge driving force to own such a vehicle. These cars are cherished and loved and enjoyed time and time again year after year after year, and the moments when they really shine is when a classic car owner gets to take his beauty out and show it off to the world in a car show.
When it comes to a classic car show, it really is all about the presentation. The presentation is everything, and the overall look of your car will make a grandiose difference one way or the other in how your car does in the show. So of course, one of any classic car owner’s primary questions is going to be, “What do I have to do to make my classic a [...]
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Nothing says classic car like an American muscle car. These cars are iconic, and they resound with great frequency in our minds and in our memories like nothing else. These cars have been around for decades, and they hold a special place in our minds and in our memories.
American muscle cars hold a value that will never be undone. From the Mustang to the Camaro, from the Corvette to the Thunderbird, so many different muscle cars have vied for our attention and for our interest over the years, the classics of course often being the most interesting and the most valued of them all. Many classic car enthusiasts desire to own not only a classic car, but a classic muscle car, something very different and very unique indeed.
The Top American Classic Muscle Cars
Listed below are the voted top muscle cars of all time. Granted, opinions change and alter over time for [...]
Comments Off on Guide to Growing and Maintaining Your Classic Car Collection
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes, one classic car just isn’t enough. There is this typical and usual idea that one “has a classic car.” That is generally the agreed upon idea. But what about having more than one classic car instead? What about having two or three or four of them? What if one has many different desires and interests when it comes to classic cars and simply cannot decide on which one to get? Why not get them all? Granted there is a logistical issue to this as for price, maintenance, storage and use and what not, but the possibility of having more than one classic car is still very much there.
Certainly, a lot of classic car enthusiasts do in fact have multiple classic cars. In fact, they build what is actually called a classic car collection. Sounds pretty fancy right? It is. It also sounds somewhat unattainable, but it isn’t.
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When learning about classic cars, one of the first things to study and research is the different types and styles and ratings of classic cars. That last word is probably most important. Ratings. Also known as classifications. The classification of a car can make a big difference in its cost and in its overall value. It can also make a big difference as to how much work it will need when one takes possession of it.
When one is considering buying a classic car, one needs to keep in mind exactly not only how much money one wants to spend on such a car, but also on how much work one wants to put in on it. The two are equally important, and they operate off of a converse scale. The more money one spends, generally speaking the less work one will have to do on the vehicle, and conversely the less money one spends [...]
People tend to have the idea that classic cars do require a significantly more intricate level of maintenance that must be done on these vehicles. This is a true assumption. Classic cars are valued for their perfection and their beauty, and they are made of much older stuff than newer cars are. The fact of the matter is, these cars do need a lot more care and regular maintenance and upkeep than newer cars do.
Logically, a car that’s only a few years old will not be all that much different from the day that it was made. A car that is several decades ago will most definitely need a lot more attention though, as its internal parts and different aspects will need to be addressed on a regular basis for the car to be maintained well.
Listed below are some of the key projects that need to be done on your classic car, regardless [...]
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Upholstering a car is the project that acts as the finishing touches for completing a classic car or project car of any kind. Listed below are some bits of advice on how to go about upholstering a car in the best and safest way possible:
1.Put some miles on your beauty before you pull the trigger on upholstery. Why? Because many newly constructed cars will have a few bugs that will ultimately need to be worked out in the first few hundred miles or so and upholstering before the fact can be a waste of time and money. Things like wiring issues, solenoid problems, faulty gauges, and a host of other problems are all easier to resolve before the upholstery is in place, and it’s cheaper to do it that way too.
2.Just like painting a house is the last step of home improvement and the step you want to spend the most time on, [...]