Whether you are buying a vintage vehicle for your collection or as a hobby vehicle, it is always a fun, exciting, and sometimes stressful endeavour. Buying vintage isn’t the same as buying a regular car as there are a lot of additional things to think about. You still have to consider car insurance, financing and registration costs just as you would when buying a car that is modern, but here are additional points that need to be considered. Here are some tips:
Know What You Want
Before you even consider looking for a car to buy, you should figure out exactly what it is you want first. There are simply too many different types of cars out there, each with their own specs and issues that it could take years to search through them all. Having a clear idea of what you want will also help with you budget and will streamline the research you will have to do. Even if you change your mind halfway through the search, it will still save you a massive amount of time and effort.
Research Your Choice
There is generally a wealth of information out there on the Internet superhighway when it comes to vintage and classic cars. You should have absolutely no problem finding specific information about your chosen car, especially if it is one of the more popular models. Look for buyer’s guides both online and at the library and read up until you become an expert on that car. After a while you might end up knowing more about it than the seller, which greatly improves your buying power and reduces the chance you will get swindled.
Establish a Budget
Now that you have done all your research and you generally know the market value of the car you’re looking for, it’s time to establish a budget. With a budget, you can then decide if you have enough to buy a finished vehicle, or whether you have to stick with one that needs minor work.
Be confident about your shop abilities before you decide to take on a larger project, however, because restoration shops charge extremely high rates, which will only throw off your budgeting. Basically, if you like a particular car because it’s cheap, be mindful that it could end up costing you more to restore it properly.
Check for Availability of Parts
Something you don’t have to worry about with modern cars that you do with classics is whether or not the parts you need are even made anymore. Check around to different parts sources for your vehicle. What you want to see is an abundant source of parts for that particular make and model, otherwise you will have a rough go of restoring it.
Hire a Professional
Once you feel like you have the right car within your sights, it’s still recommended that you hire a professional before you start throwing your money at it. A professional appraiser will come in and do a pre-purchase inspection of the car to ensure it will be money well spent. They have a keen eye for vintage vehicles and may be able to pick up on things that you have missed, and tell you whether or not the asking price is fair. What is more, you should also hire a mechanic to conduct a certification inspection and to ensure it is still even road worthy.