When looking for classic cars for sale, you want to get the best overall deal. This means you want to buy the most car possible for the least amount of money. Before the explosive growth of the Internet, you pretty much had one or two options in this regard. You could either look through pages of newspaper classifieds and print magazines catering to the classic car and muscle car enthusiast, or you could visit your local classic car dealers. If you were lucky enough to have one within driving distance of where you live. The Internet has opened a number of other approaches for someone looking at classic cars for sale. Some of the various methods of finding the best deals available are listed below.
Determine Value and Set Budget First
Before you go looking anywhere for classic cars for sale, you need to know what the cars you’re thinking about are worth, according to the experts, and what you’re willing to spend. You won’t be getting any sort of a good deal if you go to a local classic car dealer and pay $20,000 for that 1971 Camaro, only to find out that it is really only worth $15,000. The best and quickest way to find out what the cars you’re considering are worth is by checking with an online, or print, vehicle valuation system. NADA, the National Automobile Dealers Association, is one of the most trusted sources of vehicle valuation guides for the classic car market. They have both a website and printed vehicle price guides. The price guides can be purchased from the website if you wish to have one to carry with you.
Classic Car Dealers
While this venue is slowly going the way of the dinosaur, thanks to the Internet, it is still a very good place to start. By going to classic car dealers, you will be able to get an idea of what high retail value is for the cars you’re looking for. Also, at a local classic car dealer, you can get into the car and “kick the tires and light the fires”, so to speak. You can perform an inspection of the vehicle and take it for a test drive to see how it feels on the road, and under acceleration and deceleration to check for problems.
After checking the inventory of the local classic car dealers for classic cars for sale, it’s time to go online and look at some of the resources there. Of the various resources available to the person, looking for classic cars for sale online, eBay Motors is one of the easiest to use and will be the one most likely to yield the classic car of your dreams for the best price. Additionally, most people listing classic cars for sale on eBay Motors will post a number of pictures so you can get an idea of what the car looks like. You can also narrow your search area to your zip code, city or state. One other good online resource which is fairly new is craigslist. With craigslist, you can also narrow your search by city or state.
Once you’ve been through the three steps listed above, you should be ready to purchase the classic car of your dreams while getting the best deal possible on it.