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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Classic Car

Classic cars are big business and for good reason! There’s nothing like hearing the purr of an engine that instantly brings you back to the rock ‘n’ roll 60s or the rip-roaring 70s, but what are the reasons that you’re really looking to buy a classic car? And what are the basics you should look for before diving in at the deep end and getting one for yourself? Here at JDs Auto Repair, we’ve got some tips that will set any beginner on the right track to bagging themselves their perfect first classic car!

Ask yourself why!

First things first, you need to ask yourself why you’re so intent on getting a classic car in the first place! Is it because you want to have a nice motor for weekend drives by the coast with the family? If that’s the case, we suggest that you get yourself something that has already been restored and can be driven without any problems from day 1. If however, you’re hoping to make a long-term dream project out of your classic car by restoring it to its former glory yourself, then getting something from that resembles more of a “diamond in the rough” is your best option. But, be aware that restoring vintage cars to their former glory is no easy feat! Many restoration projects take much longer than first envisioned or never even finish at all…

Ask yourself where and who!

So, where should you get your classic car from? And who is the best person to trust when buying? That’s a tricky question! There are several places you can get a good deal on a used vintage car. You may want to visit a classic car dealership, which is a good option if you want to try the car before you buy, but you may be subject to higher prices due to the extra fees garnered by middlemen in the transaction.

The excitement of a classic car auction is another attractive option and one that is certainly worth it even if you don’t plan on buying anything. While auctions are a great place to grab an exceptional deal, you’re often not able to take the car out for a spin before you bid and possibly purchase the vehicle, meaning that there may be mechanical or stylistic issues that you’re then stuck with!

Last but not least is the private party. This is a good option for those who’re concerned with knowing the history of the car as often private party sellers have owned the car for a long period of time, and have (like you) a real and genuine interest in the history of the vehicle. However, this can also lull you into a false sense of security, and unfortunately, many con artists operate in this way!

Ask yourself what!

What else do you need to consider when bringing a classic car into your care? Well, there are several things! Firstly, it’s good to know the availability of parts for the model you’re interested in. What’s the point in getting a machine with a sexy, sleek exterior, to then find out the important parts on the inside are on the verge of failing and can’t be replaced!?

You should also think about how to get support for your new hobby. There are various classic car clubs all over the country and they’re a great place to get information from genuine classic car enthusiasts, as well as make a few new friends along the way!

Lastly, it’s important that you think about what you’re going to do with the car once you’re “done” with it. Your first classic car is an introduction to a new and exciting world, but it’s likely that once you’ve honed your knowledge, you’ll want to move on to new and more exciting models, so having a plan on how you will sell your first car once this time comes, is a really good idea!