Buying a Classic Car? Don't Get Ripped Off
By drronaldf20719687, Jun 23 2017 06:36PM
One of the issues we run into way too often, people get taken when buying a classic/collector car. Hidden rust, shoddy repairs, “Dupont” engine rebuilds, and a host of other issues. Unfortunately we end up being the ones to break the bad news that the “Restored” car the buyer paid top dollar for is junk or unsafe to drive.
The classic car hobby is alive and well. Trends are changing from show cars to drivers. Buyers are looking for a cool muscle car or hot rod to drive on the weekends and have fun with it. Maybe finding a car they really liked as a kid. Beware, unscrupulous sellers are counting on the emotions involved in buying a long, sought after car.
Cosmetic repairs, body fill over rust, quick paint of the frame and suspension to hide the rust through. Paint the engine and change the oil “Dupont” Rebuild. A little stop leak and they are ready to sell.
These sellers look at the TV auctions and the prices paid and claim to be giving you a deal. “This car sold on TV for $45,000, but it’s a steal for you at only $38,000.” Knowing it will take $20,000+ to get it into the same condition as that one that sold on TV.
We have experience in buying and evaluating classic cars. We offer this experience to you.
If you are in the market, let us know. We would be more than happy to check it out for you. We know what to look for and where to look. We can give you a very accurate price range for the actual condition of the car. Give us a call. For a small fee, you can be more confident you got what you paid for and not get taken.
And, if you are looking to sell, we can go through the car and “Certify” its actual condition. Give the prospective buyer a little assurance, and get a better price.