Technology has changed the way we buy and sell goods, and it’s had a huge impact on the way that cars are bought and sold. There was a time when classic car collectors would advertise an auction in the local newspaper or by posting a flyer on the town’s notice board. Nowadays, there are hundreds of websites, forums, and online auctions that mean deals are being increasingly done in cyberspace, and while love for the good old-fashioned car auction will never die, the internet certainly brings many new options to the table. Here at JD’s Auto Repair, we’re going to give you the low-down on what the internet brings to trading classic cars, and how you can make the most of it!
Buying and selling classic cars online
Online shopping, whether for classic cars or something else, opens up otherwise relatively closed markets to potentially the whole world! A major advantage for people wanting to sell their classic car online is that nowadays, with the simple push of a button, they can advertise their vehicle beyond the limits that a local newspaper or town notice board are restricted to. This means more buyers, which means more opportunities to sell, more competition, and therefore potentially bigger earnings! For buyers, the internet allows them to draw from a much larger pool of potential vehicles, meaning they can instantly see what’s available around the whole country rather than just in the local neighborhood – this can mean they have the opportunity of finding a more precise match for what they want!
The internet also makes it much easier for classic car enthusiasts to organize meetings. People come from far and wide to attend auctions such as the Mecum Kissimmee auction in Florida, or the Pebble Beach Auction in Pebble Beach, California. While these auctions would still exist without the internet, they’re now attended in huge numbers as the internet has facilitated the development on online classic car communities who get together in huge numbers every year!
Cybercrime is a major downside of the internet, and we’re sad to say that the world of classic cars is not beyond its reach! There are plenty of stories out there of people who have been conned using upfront payments on websites such as eBay and Craigslist – it’s certainly not the fault of these websites that these crimes take place, but they do allow con artists to unwittingly pray on those that are a little bit less internet savvy. It’s best to remember that you should NEVER pay for a vehicle or give away any money until you have seen the vehicle in person!
If you love the thrill of going to a physical auction, experiencing the smell of gasoline and car polish in the air, and networking with other car enthusiasts, then the world of the internet may make you feel a little left behind. Many cars are now limited to online sales only, making the sale of vehicles less and less personable.
Buying and selling with JD’s Auto Repair
At JD’s Auto Repair, we’re embracing the internet as a place to buy and sell cars, but we also believe that it’s important to view the vehicle in person before any sale is finalized! Visit our inventory page to see what we have on offer – currently, we have a 2010 Chevy Corvette, a 1966 Chevy ll, and a 1947 Dodge pick-up among others. If you’re looking to sell, we can offer you a great deal, simply go to our sell page and follow the instructions on registering your vehicle for interest. It’s important to understand that when used correctly, the internet can really enhance the world of classic car trading. We hope that by highlighting some of the pros and cons in this article, you’ll be all set to explore the world of online classic car shopping!