Ways to Successfully Own a Classic Vintage Car

It is every common man’s dream to own a vehicle. These days owning a car is more of a necessity than a luxury. However, owning a classic car is a unique experience. A vintage car is definitely the owner’s pride and gives you a whole lot of benefit when you require selling the car. Just like any other investment there are a lot of problems that come along with buying a vintage car.

If you’ve decided to buy a classic car there are a lot of things that need your consideration, a few are discussed below.

Before you go ahead and invest in buying a car you need to thoroughly understand why exactly you would like to own the vehicle. It is advisable that you clearly understand your situation. A classic car even if it is in perfect condition might have issues such as squeaky tires. It is also common that the steering and brakes are completely different from the ones that you are used to. In comparison to the cars manufactured in the modern generation, these vintage cars are rough to handle and do not run smoothly. Deciding on choosing a classic car depends on whether the individual requires it for daily use, as a showpiece for to enter vintage car competitions.

Once you have come up with a purpose for purchasing a classic car, it is now time to decide the model and the type of car that you’d like to own.

Now that you have decided on the model the next step is to think about the problematic areas and issues faced with the model. You can start with looking for leakage issues or problems with the electrical circuits. Arrange for a thorough checkup to be done by a mechanic who works at an esteemed garage. It will also do you a lot of good by checking up the history of the car you wish to purchase. Look for information such as the original factory that it was manufactured in and the color of the car. It would also do you wonders if you learn to decode the vehicle identification number.

Choose an appraiser who is reputed- An experienced appraiser would easily be able to tell you about accidents that your car has undergone. They would also be able to identify if the parts are original or replaced. These tiny bits of information and details will help in valuing the classic car later on.

Tag along a family member or a friend when looking for a classic car. It is recommended to do this because you can get very tired when looking for a vintage vehicle. A lot of information needs to be collected and in the midst of doing so there is every possibility of losing out on very important information that you’ve collected already. A close friend can help you by remembering and keeping a tab of the information already collected.

Classic Cars – What Makes A Vehicle Attain Vintage Status?

The makings of ‘classic cars’ is often a source of debate. Oftentimes, a car is considered to be classic if the public deems it to be ‘collectable.’ Some, however, may seem to contend that there is only a certain period for classic cars–that the ‘real classics’ were only up to 1940’s for example.

Still, some may even try to categorize car models into eras. Thus, we have the muscle car era, the bullet era, the box-type era, and so on. A more precise classification is one which sets up three categories according to which year the cars were manufactured. These are the antique cars, manufactured from 1880 up to the start of WWI; vintage cars, made between 1916 to 1924, and was the start of the real ‘automobiles;’ and classic cars, from 1925 up to the near past.

If you are confused on whether that old hunk o’ junk in your dad’s garage could be worth something, here are some easy guidelines which you can use.

1. Year Manufactured

This is the easiest measure of whether a car is classic or not. You can easily know what year the car is manufactured by checking the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Several sites on the Internet could produce all a car’s details simply by entering its VIN.

If you are new to the concept of classic cars and would want to simply start your own collection, deal with the year loosely. What I mean is, don’t listen to those uptight talks from car enthusiasts about the ‘real’ era for classics. If you find a sweet-looking 10-year old car, you might as well treat it as a vintage vehicle. The reason for this is simple: car values appreciate over time. Well, that is, if you find a right car.

2. Number of Units

An important measure of a car’s “classic-ness” is the number of units that were manufactured and are still in existence. An 80’s to 90’s Corolla could hardly be defined as a classic, since it was mass produced and proliferated all over the globe. But a first-generation Corolla could have some value somehow, since very few people still have it.

A ’55 T-bird is an example of a high-valued classic car, both for the year in which it is manufactured and the number of units released. Ford released only a little more than 10,000 models.

3. Relevance

Not all old cars could be considered as vintage. I personally believe that the title of ‘classic’ could only be conferred to those cars that have represented a generation. A Volkswagen Beetle, though many people may have it, is a good classic car simply because it carries so much history with it. Along with the Type 2 (the VW Van), it represented the hippie generation. And in contrast to that, the Beetle was also the most popular car for the Nazi elite. Those two contradicting layers simply create a very historic vehicle.

Cars could also be considered relevant if they are seen in TV and movies, as they tend to carry some fond memories of a generation. An 80’s Pontiac Trans-Am is not just another high-performance car–it will always be seen as KITT in Knight Rider.

If you have an old car in your garage, you might want to research a bit about its history. You might be holding a valuable gem, and you’re just letting it rust away. And if you just love vehicles and automobiles, maybe you ought to go retro and collect classic cars. Not only do they appreciate in value, they also carry great pieces of history.