How to Choose the Classic Car that’s Right for You

Posted by Steve White on Oct 20, 2014

With winter quickly approaching, it won’t be long and many classic car owners will be putting their cars up for sale. This is the perfect time of year to make your life-long dream of owning a classic car come to life, but what do you do if you’re not sure which one is right for you?

First, try to connect with another classic car owner and get their opinions. Many owners are very loyal to their own type of car, so it’s a good idea to find someone who has owned a few different makes and models if you can. An expert should be able to tell you what problems to look for, and which cars would be a good investment. If you don’t know a close friend or family member who can give you this information, car shows are filled with owners who are willing and eager to advise newbies.

Second, think about whether or not you want to get involved in a restoration project. While they can be fun, they’re also time-consuming, and it can get frustrating if you’re not prepared.

Finally, relax. When you find the classic car that you just can’t get out of your mind, you’ve probably found the right one for you. Classic car ownership is a great adventure, so just enjoy the ride.

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Find Out What Classic Car Events Are Happening This Month

Posted by back_up on Oct 16, 2014

October features fun-filled car shows for classic car enthusiasts and all your friends and family. Here’s a look at Oktoberfest and Halloween themed car shows coming up:

Stanhope, NJ, 10/18/14 — Enjoy an afternoon car show with a beer garden and live music including cover bands of the Beatles and Tom Petty at the Stanhope House Oktoberfest Car Show.

Elkhorn, WI, 10/18/14 — The 9th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest will feature a huge display of amazing classic cars with a beer and tasting event and chili cook-off throughout the day.

Buena Park, CA, 10/19/14 — West coast Ford lovers can’t miss the Mustang Madness Halloween Car Show. Audience admission is free and there will be costume contents for children and adults.

Houston, TX, 10/25/14 — Dress up your classic car in a fun Halloween costume and enjoy an amazing day at the National Museum of Funeral History. With barbecue, cupcakes, and a charitable auction, the Halloween Car Show has quickly become a fun annual tradition.

Los Osos, CA, 10/26/14 — Baywood Park hosts the annual Oktoberfest & Car Show by the Bay. A beer garden for the adults and arts & crafts for the kids make this a family-friendly day with a great car show right by the water.

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How Much Homework Should You Do Before Buying A Classic Car?

Posted by Steve White on Oct 09, 2014

Now that the cruising season is coming to an end, you’ll probably be seeing plenty of ads for classic cars for sale. It’s very common this time of year, and it’s a great time for classic car buyers to make a great deal. However, you do want to be sure you do your homework prior to making a purchase. Here are a few things you should check before you consider adding a car to your growing collection.

1. Check all paperwork – You’d be amazed how many scams are out there, but VIN numbers will tell the entire story. Be sure to check all paperwork carefully, and compare the VIN numbers on everything. If you come across a discrepancy, you can avoid getting a bad deal, or even buying an illegal car.

2. Ask about the restoration history – Any classic car owner knows that when you take on a restoration project you need to document it. Ask to see pictures of a car’s restoration so you have real proof of the work that’s been done.

3. Check service history – If an owner tells you a car has been maintained well, he or she should be able to provide documentation of that. Ask for receipts for oil changes and any other car maintenance that’s been done.

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Detailing Your Classic Car in Preparation for Winter Storage

Posted by Steve White on Oct 02, 2014

It’s almost winter, and you know what that means – it’ll soon be time for you to start preparing your classic car for winter car storage. Although it happens every year, it’s not something we look forward to. Still, it pays to do it right.

Detailing your car is an essential first step in winter car storage, but you don’t have to pay a pricey detail shop to get the job done. These simple steps can help you effectively detail your car one last time before the snow starts falling.

Step #1: Wash your car – Be sure to wash the top and underneath your car. Debris from the road needs to be cleaned away, but many classic car owners forget this crucial first step.

Step #2: Wax your car – Waxing will help to bring out the shine, and when done right, it will preserve the color of the paint while your car is in storage.

Step #3: Clean the upholstery – You’ll be surprised what you find when you start cleaning the inside of your car. Vacuum all of the crevices to keep critters from finding food and deciding to make your car their home for the winter.

Detailing your car is fun, and it serves as an important investment in making sure you’re able to enjoy your car just as much next year!

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3 Reasons to Attend a Fall Car Show

Posted by Steve White on Sep 25, 2014

The leaves are turning a beautiful color, and before long it’ll be time to get your classic car into storage to mark the end of another cruising season. However, fall is still a great time to attend more car shows, and if you need some reasons to take to the road a few more times, we have them for you.

Reason #1: The Weather is Perfect 

Even though we all love cruising season, the hot weather can make it uncomfortable for traveling long distance. The heat isn’t a big concern in the fall, and your classic car will perform well.

Reason #2: Catch up with Some Old Friends

Fall is usually the last opportunity many of us have to catch up with old friends before we put our cars away for the winter. Take advantage of this chance, because phone calls and social media just aren’t the same as personal connections.

Reason #3: Gain Valuable Knowledge

The winter season is the perfect time to work on your restoration projects. Car shows give you the chance to seek out experts to ask your questions. The knowledge you gain from these opportunities can give you everything you need to finally get your car up to standard so you can be featured in next year’s shows.

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