Car enthusiasts don’t have similar interests when it comes to choosing their dreams cars. Some may like the luxurious automobile, while others love the weird ones. One particular type of cars that are usually attractive to prospect car buyers and enthusiasts are the classic cars. They are frequently used to describe an older car, but the exact meaning is subject to differences in opinion. Some are very inclusive, considering any older car in fine condition a classic. Others, including the “Concours d’Elegance” and the Classic Car Club of America maintain that 1948 is the last year for the true classics.

Many considered owning one since some thinks that they are more practical and elegant while others would love to have them because of their simplicity and attractiveness. But whatever reason one may have, when buying a classic car, one should consider first some factors to find the right one that best match the future owner’s personality. Here are some of the suggestions that you can follow if you’re still unsure where to begin. This could serve to as your guide.

1. Determine what you are looking for.

2. Do some basic research.

3. Ask the initial questions.

4. Test drive the car.

5. Get a professional inspection.

6. Do the paperwork.

Determine what you are looking for.

When purchasing for an abused/adored/restored or used classic vehicle you have choices ranging from cars that have to be hauled in a trailer because it’s basically just a bunch of loosely connected parts to cars that you want to haul in a trailer to protect its museum quality restoration. Your first level of decision making is to determine where in this spectrum you want start.

Here are some of the basic questions that you could also consider:

  • Do you want to do a major restoration?
  • Are you interested in and capable of doing some mechanical work yourself?
  • Do you want a car you can drive every day?
  • Would you enjoy entering your car in competitions?
  • Do you just want a great looking car to drive on weekends in good weather?
  • Are you buying as an investment?

The answers here will show you how you have measured the flaws you are certainly going to find.

Do some basic research.

If this is your first undertaking, you have to research more to do than an experienced owner. A good investment of your time, even if you are not a first-timer, is to do some pricing research. As a “beginner” you should spend take time reading about some of the characteristics and unusual maintenance requirements of the different models.

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Ask the initial questions.

When you locate a vehicle you want to purchase, you should be prepared with a list of questions you want answered. You should have an actual-printed of the list to help you remember the important issues and help prevent the conversation from wandering. It will allow you to determine easily the problems. Any car you look at will be 30 to 50 years old (or older). If it was in absolutely perfect condition, the price would be prohibitive unless you are prepared to pay for a museum quality car.

You should keep in mind that there are two basic types of questions: questions with factual answers and questions with opinion answers. Questions like “How long have you owned the car?” and “Have you had problems getting repair parts?” have easy, factual answers. Asking “How does it run?” or “How does it look?” is asking for their opinion. It is my opinion that asking the factual questions first are easier for the seller to answer and help lay the foundation for the opinion question. The answer to “Who does your drive-train and engine repairs?” not only gets you the name of a source of repairs, but also lets you know that repairs have been needed.

Test drive the car.

This is the fun part! However, the reality is that letting you or someone judge it is definitely a mistake. You have to make a clear assessment of the car. Be Prepared! One extra benefit of being prepared is that the seller will realize you are a serious buyer who is likely to discover the car’s weaknesses and perhaps will be more complete in describing the car’s condition. The first things you want to evaluate are the condition of the bodywork and appearance issues. And next you need to confirm the mechanical condition.

Well, goodluck!

~ by khia0486 on May 9, 2008.

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