Buying A Classic Car
March 9, 2013
Why buy a classic car? There are many good reasons: not only will you have a means of getting from A to B, but you'll have a unique piece of history, and they can also be a good investment for the future. Buying a classic car is a complex process, but as long as you consider the following tips, you will be able to find a car that is right for you. Remember, you are likely to spend much more money on renovating the car than on the purchase, especially as finding the right parts for a classic car can be difficult, so keep that in mind when browsing.
When choosing a car, you need to decide what you'll be using it for. Will you be driving it regularly or just occasionally? Are you doing up the car yourself or will you need to hire a professional to work on it? Is this car for you or are you buying it as an investment with a view to selling it in the future?
Once you know what you want and have found a vehicle that suits your needs - there are plenty of places to look, such as the internet, national magazines and classic car shows - make sure you check the car for the following: is there any rust (particularly in places that are less visible such as inside the wheel arches)? Has it been converted to run on unleaded petrol? Does the seller have replacement parts available? If it is a non-runner, do you know how you're going to get it home? Is the car registered? Do the numbers - such as the chassis number - match? Do you have a garage or somewhere to store and maintain the car? Like with all vehicles, taking a classic car for a short test drive should make you aware of any problems or issues that are likely to cause extra costs.
Make sure you also look up the drivers club aligned with your specific marque. They will help you with your chosen vehicle at all stages of the purchasing process, as well as assisting you in terms of maintaining the car.
A properly restored classic car can be just as reliable and efficient as some modern day vehicles, and you'll feel a lot more special driving it. If you want to make it look even better, why not consider investing in a private number plate to put on it? Apart from adding the finishing touch to your restoration project, a personalised registration can also be a great investment. If you've got a newly restored classic and you're looking for DVLA cherished numbers, you can find plenty more information on the internet.
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