Classic Car Buyers Guide


When buying any car not just a classic it is important to do your homework and know as much information as possible about the manufacture as well as the individual model you are interested in.

To get the most out of your classic you must know what you want to use it for as it is pointless buying a car that you will never use as it is impractical for your lifestyle.

Spares availability is another major consideration as if you do not like to spend your spare time at auto jumbles and on the internet trying to track down a vital part then certain classic might not be for you.

If you intend to do all the servicing and maintenance yourself then a classic which is easy to work on will be high on your list as you want to spend more time driving it than under the bonnet.

Before you start looking for your dream car you must know what that exact model is worth and decide if you can afford it! Always buy the best you can afford and this will hopefully save you money in the long run.

To get a good idea of the value of your future purchase classic magazines usually produce a price guide of most models with three different levels which will give you the information to judge the price range for yourself.

Condition 1 :- Car is in superb condition in all respects, not concours but superbly maintained with no major faults.

Condition 2 :- Car is capable of regular use and have a current MOT certificate but will need work to make them condition 1

Condition 3 :- Cars usually need a compete rebuild but the might have an MOT and are drivable.

Dealer prices are usually higher because you are paying for their service.
Automatic gearboxes tend to make a car worth slightly less than manual models.
Values for pre 1963 cars assume that it has its original registration. Re-registered cars can be worth up to 20% less even with an age related plate.

If you know the exact model or make you want you should join the club as this is another valuable source of information and might know of a car for sale.

Always go and check the car over before buying or if you are in any doubt either take someone with you who knows cars especially the model you are interested in or pay for a professional inspection of the vehicle.

If you can buy a car with history, if the previous owner has kept MOT’s, bills and service history then this shows what has been done to the car and gives an idea of how well the car has been looked after.

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