They Don’t Make ‘em Like That Anymore. Buying a Classic Car

Classic cars bring out a sense of nostalgia for many of us. Whether it’s a car that a family member drove in your youth or just one that you have admired or desired for its lines, performance, or history, there is much to love about these vehicles. For many, these cars are considered to be among life’s simple pleasures. It's no wonder so many enthusiasts are willing to spend big money buying classic cars.

Know your goals before purchasing a classic car. Are you looking for a car to restore and sell for a big profit? Maybe you just want a slick ride that’s ready to cruise and show off. Or perhaps you want a car to tinker with, enjoy, and maybe take to car shows. These factors can help to determine what to buy.

Finding the Classic Car You Want

If you’re not sure of the exact car that you’re interested in, you can start by visiting some car shows. Not only will you get to see some amazing cars, but you can get a feel for what’s out there. You can focus on your favorites, or you may find a car that you never thought that you’d be interested in.

As you learn more about the classic car market, you can start researching prices and availability online. Get familiar with the buyers and sellers of classic cars and their unique needs and differences.

You should also research local shops and parts distributors to help you tackle both the jobs you can perform, and the ones beyond your skillset.

You should be aware that the cost of restoring or increasing the value of a classic car can be substantial.

Classic Car Values

Supply and demand are paramount, from a financial perspective. The rarer the car is, the more it is worth. Some cars didn’t have high production rates. Some option packages were rarely chosen. Even a specific interior and exterior color combination can factor into the rarity of a particular vehicle.

Insuring Your Classic Car

Since classic cars are usually quite old, they are inherently not worth anything. The value lies in its condition and rarity. Therefore, it can be a little difficult to insure.

Most states require classic cars to have special registrations and vintage car license plates. Also, most auto insurance providers will ask you for backup information to confirm the value of the car. Sometimes an appraisal from a certified mechanic is enough, but contact your insurance company to be certain of the specific steps that you need to take to insure your “new” classic car.