If it’s your first time, buying and owning a classic car can be an overwhelming process. Follow these tips to find the vehicle you want, avoid unpleasant drawbacks and enjoy the benefits of ownership.
Know why you’re buying
Before you buy a classic car, spend some time reflecting on why you want one. Once you’ve figured out your reasons for buying a vintage ride, you’ll be better prepared to choose the model that’s best for you. Will your purchase be an investment that you hope to cash in on down the road? If this is the case, you’ll want to be especially choosy about what you buy. Do you want to drive your classic car every day and show it off to all your friends? If so, you’ll want a vehicle you enjoy driving and looking at. Are you looking for a model to restore or work on in your driveway every weekend? Make sure you can get your hands on the right parts and tools to work on it.
Do your research
One of the most enjoyable aspects of buying a classic car is deciding on the model you want to buy. Once you’ve landed on the make, model and year that you desire, settle in for some research. Study the specs, read reviews and seek out all the information you can. According to YourMechanic, you’ll want to find out the pros and cons of your preferred model. Does it have any serious safety issues or mechanical vulnerabilities? Are parts hard to come by? How high will maintenance costs be? Arming yourself with knowledge about the car you want will come in handy when you shop — and help shield you from nasty surprises after you buy.
Once you’ve decided on the car you want, it’s time to start shopping. Motor1 recommends searching online auction sites, private listings and enthusiast clubs to find out what the model you’re seeking is worth. Whether you plan to buy from a dealer, private seller or auctioneer, patience is your friend during this process. Examine your potential purchase carefully, eyeing it for rust and other needed repairs. Take it out for a test drive. If possible, have the model inspected by an expert. And whatever you do, don’t settle for the first car you find if it’s not exactly what you’re looking for.
Care for your car
Buying a classic car is just the first step. Whether you’re considering it as an investment or a hobby, you’ll need to treat your vehicle with care and consideration. House it securely, clean it regularly and keep up with routine maintenance. Make sure you don’t let your prize vehicle sit idly and collect dust in a garage for weeks or months on end. Cars are meant to be driven, so drive yours — even if it’s just for a short jaunt around the neighborhood.
Connect with other collectors
Once you’ve purchased your dream ride, look for ways to connect with enthusiasts who own similar models. Car clubs are one of the best ways to do this, and there just might be one in your area. Some clubs focus on a specific make or model, while others draw on a broader membership pool. No matter what kind of club you choose, joining one is a fun way to network and meet people who share your interests. Autoblog points out that clubs can also be good resources for learning more about your car, getting advice from experts or obtaining parts.
Whether you’re making an expensive investment or obtaining your childhood dream car, buying and owning a vintage ride can be a rewarding experience. With careful research, patient shopping and attentive care for your vehicle, you’ll be prepared to make the most of your purchase.
This article is presented by Lexus of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.