New Year, new ride. Many people believe that the new year is a fresh start, and they aren’t truly wrong. While some can make a good start at any given time, some need a little push. The same goes when you’re planning to get a new car.
If you’re browsing through classic car lots for an old school but stylish new ride, here are some ideas on how to spot a good one:
How much are you willing to spend?
Decide on how much money you’re willing to spend for a classic, even if it’s already a second-hand vehicle. Of course, used cars are more affordable but you still need to decide on a figure so you don’t bust your budget in one go. When deciding on a budget for second-hand vehicles, especially if you’re buying old-school classics, you need to factor in the necessary expenses such as repairs or paint job, if any. For the extra expenses, Ardell Brown says that you can ask your local mechanic and supplier.
What can you afford?
Now that you have a set budget for both a car and its repairs, you need to research on a list of used cars that you can afford. Some of the popular antique car models in Utah include the 1984 Mercedes-Benz 1000SEL, the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle and the 1971 Ford Mustang. Consider more than two brands when making your wish list. Casting a wider net will help you narrow down your choices to the ones you can actually afford and maintain. While you’re doing your online search, you need to check and compare prices that you’ve found online too.
To drive or for collection?
One rule when buying antique cars is that if you’re not dying to drive the model. Normally, the cars that only had a small production have a higher value in today’s market. If you happen to find one at a used car sale lot, you’ve found yourself a rare treasure. If you are planning to resell the car in the foreseeable future, go for gas-eating classic muscle cars. These were produced in small quantities, so their value can go up considerably and be worth a lot when you decide to sell.
The next step is to contact a direct seller or a sales agent and ask to see the vehicle and take it for a test drive. During this stage, it’s not enough that you check the car itself, you also need to check the vehicle’s history report for any problems that could otherwise go under the radar. If you’re buying from someone you know, it is still important to get a vehicle history report.
Buying a used car can be as difficult as buying a new car. It can be tempting to buy the first classic car that you see, especially if the price is just too good to pass up. There are many factors involved that affect the car you will end up driving for a long time so make sure you spend time in doing your research and field work.