If you have a fondness for the nostalgia and excitement of classic cars and their place in U.S. culture, then maybe owning a classic car might be for you.
Perhaps you’ve looked admiringly at antique cars at local car shows, or when they drive by on the street. Your desire doesn’t have to remain just that. With a little knowledge and encouragement, you can use some of your saved-up money to research, purchase and renovate your own classic car.
Decide on Make and Model
Which classic car era is your favorite? Roadsters from the 1940s, ’50s muscle cars or ‘mid-60s speedsters? Once you know which make and model to key in on, find a local car club or online forum that caters to those participants. Learn about classic cars, their estimated cost, how to find them, what accessories you might need and more. Rare makes and models add value to classic cars.
Inspect Your Car
Have a checklist of items to assess a classic car’s condition, operating ability, value of original vs. used parts and more. Bring a trusted car expert with you for a second pair of eyes. List out everything that needs to be replaced or repaired. Sometimes, parts only need to be cleaned, a relatively simple process.
Moving Your Classic Car
Some classic cars are able to be driven once a purchase is finalized. In other cases, an auto transport company is required to move your vehicle from one location to another. In classic car circles, because of the rarity of certain cars, that ‘move’ could be a cross-country trip. It’s important that the auto transport company is GPS enabled and its drivers have mobile access so you can keep tabs on the whereabouts of your new purchase. Choose a reputable car transport firm.
Repair and Restoration
Use a good mechanic to repair your classic car as needed. Do any necessary mechanical repairs before any exterior cosmetic restoration to avoid oil and grease messes. When buying parts, consider used non-mechanical items like mirrors or seats. You’ll need to buy unused stock parts for the engine, brake and other repairs. Finish the replacements or repairs yourself to save money. Before painting the car, take it for a test drive and ask your mechanic to inspect your work.
Do you stick with the original color? Or do you transform your classic car into a new sparkling sight to behold? A reliable auto body repair and refinish shop can paint your vehicle the original color or any color you desire.
With your newly restored and cleaned antique car, cruise the town, meet new friends, bond with your family and gain pride. You’ll be glad you invested in an antique car that provides you years of entertainment.
This article was submitted by Michael Mendoza.
Michael Mendoza: Mike has covered the big auto shows for 10 years for a number of blogs and online auto news publications. His prized possession is his Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.