Tips for Choosing and Buying Classic Cars

Posted on January 12, 2016 By

When buying used cars, some people prefer to buy classic autos. These cars are usually more than 25 years old and require a little bit of special care. Not many dealerships sell classic cars, but those that do usually have them in good running condition. These dealerships can be found all over the county, including places like Norfolk, Virginia. Here are a few tips about choosing and buying classic cars in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nostalgia
Many people purchase classics because they had one when they were younger or knew someone who did. They are eye-catchers and can bring about a little bit of excitement for both the driver and passersby when it is on the road. Classic used cars are made of thicker metal and have a more basic design. They bring the owner back to a time when life was simple and care-free.

Types
There are many different types of classic cars available. Unlike modern vehicles, the dealership never knows when another one will come in or what type it is until its arrival. Some are more common than others. For example, in 1965, Ford sold 680,000 Mustangs. Plymouth built 61,500 Barracudas and Pontiac built more than 75,000 GTOs. The chances of finding a Mustang these days is much more realistic than finding a Barracuda or GTO, but they are out there.

Condition
A potential buyer should keep in mind that most older cars are not in mint condition. It takes work to get them that way. Be prepared for imperfections. Buying something that runs decently is a realistic starting point for someone who wishes to do some restoration while still being able to drive and enjoy the vehicle. Anyone looking to buy a classic vehicle should either know how to fix one, be willing to learn, or make sure the used car dealer in Norfolk has a reliable repair shop if needed. Some replacement parts are manufactured new for some older makes and models, while others require creativity in fabrication or finding parts.

Numbers
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is located on the inside dashboard or on the driver’s door interior, depending on the manufacturer. Using a numeric code key, it tells the year it was built, engine type, color and other details. Not all vehicles have the same engine now as they did when they were manufactured. Those that do are more valuable and are called numbers matching vehicles.

Tags
License plates are different in every state. In most states, such as Virginia, cars are eligible for antique plates when they are 25 years or older. They have their own set of rules and regulations for registration, inspection and road use.

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