Have you ever thought about buying a collectible car? They can be a worthwhile investment for you. But they also have a lot of things to consider, since they are usually very old. Below are six tips for buying a collector’s car:
Think About What You’re Looking for
There’s no point in you looking at possible cars until you have done your legwork and figured out the model that you want. There’s a lot of different kinds of cars and they all have things and issues you should look for. You’ll want to have a very clear idea on the car you want before you do anything else. This is going to help with targeting the research much better.
Research Your Car
This is going to be the thing that is most important. Sit down at your computer or on your tablet and take a couple of hours. Find the websites that you can about the one that you’ve chosen. Almost all of the cars made has a minimum of one sit that’s dedicated to it. The cars that are more popular have a lot of them with lots of information, a good choice is Google. Look for buyer’s guides and make sure you’re taing notes. There are a lot of these guides that you can purchase as books too.
Take a Magnet
If you have found the car that you may want, you want to bring a magnet. If sellers are claiming the body as original without any rust, you can only know if that is true when you have a magnet. The magnet shouldn’t be very strong, you should just bring a thin one that can work on your fridge. Test the magnet on the car and all over. If it sticks, it’s a good sign. If not, it’s a bad sign. It will help you know if you’re buying one that has had repairs. You aren’t going to have any kind of surprises when you do this. A magnet won’t stick to fiberglass or aluminum so remember that from your research.
Take a Friend With You
When you’re looking at collector’s cars, it’s going to be very daunting. You’ll want to bring someone with you so that you can check things out and take notes. They can help you with this when you’re talking to the owner so that you’re not losing track of the things you’ve examined. A buddy can also help you have a second pair of eyes and they may think of things that you haven’t.
Record & Decode the Body Tag Codes and Serial Number
This is very important to do, so remember it. These numbers are able to unlock lots of things about that car. You want to know about the car and go with this information. If the seller is saying the paint or the engine is original, these numbers can help you with knowing whether or not what they are saying is honest. That doesn’t mean the seller is trying to mislead you though. If they bought it used, then they may not know that it’s not right either.
Hire Yourself a Professional
If you believe that you’ve found the car that you want, don’t make a flat decision without having it professionally inspected. When you have someone who knows what they are doing inspect your car, you will have someone who is looking at it and who knows what they are looking for. They also will know what the value is, how fair the seller’s asking price is, and other things. It’s also a good idea to have a mechanic certify it. The mechanic is going to look at the mechanical side and let you know what may need to be replaced in the near future.
Do these six tips before you buy the collector car of your dreams. That way you know that you’re covering your bases and finding the one that is best for you and your money.
Contact Kurt’s Automotive in Naples
Conveniently located at 5430 Yahl St., Suite D, in Naples, Kurt’s Automotive is the place to take your American and European car so it stays in tip-top condition. Contact us at 239-263-3500 to book an appointment for service and maintenance.