If you’re in the market for a classic car, you’re about to make one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. While purchasing and restoring a classic car is expensive, it’s bound to bring you years of fun and joy rides. Here are five tips to keep in mind when shopping around.
1. Don’t buy the car until you have somewhere to store it. You won’t want to keep such an important car outside, exposed to the elements, and a tarp isn’t going to offer enough protection. Make sure you have either a garage or a covered carport.
2. Buying a car that needs some fixing up is a good idea if you have the mechanical skills to handle the task. Otherwise, make sure to budget in the cost of restoring the vehicle. In the end, though, you’ll probably spend the least if you buy a store that doesn’t need repairs, unless you can do them yourself. If you’re going to have a mechanic handle the repairs, make sure to find one before you buy – not every mechanic knows how to work on specific classic cars.
3. Once you know the make and model of the car you want to buy, get in touch with a few local car clubs. Members are happy to talk to people looking to buy and they’ll be able to give you some tips. Plus, when you do have your classic car, you can join one of those clubs and attend shows.
4. Ask the owner the right questions before buying. Finding the make and model you want in a price that’s within your budget is exciting, but if you’re not getting what you pay for, it’s not worth it. Find out the history of the car, any repairs that have been made or that the owner expects will need to be made, and why the seller is getting rid of the car, for starters.
5. Be flexible when it comes to where you get the car from. Ideally, you’ll find exactly what you want and it’ll be close by, but classic cars aren’t always easy to come by. You may need to travel far to see it in person and inspect it.
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