Inspecting a Classic Car: General Tips

Posted by Steve White on Oct 07, 2009

While you are inspecting a classic car, you should observe the seller’s actions closely. If you find that the seller sounds or looks suspicious when you ask him or her about a certain area of the car, you should inspect that area more carefully. Some sellers may try to divert your attention from parts of the car that are not in good condition, or they may try extra hard to assure you that those parts are working fine. You should not believe what they say and proceed to check those areas of the car more thoroughly.

Make sure that you record all your observations when you are inspecting the classic car. Take note of all sounds, vibrations, or other things that may indicate that certain parts of the car are poorly conditioned. After you have documented everything, you should show your notes to a trusted mechanic. The mechanic will be able to give you a good estimate of the total repair cost that is required to restore the classic car. Then, you can let the seller know the repair costs that will be incurred and try to negotiate for a better price.

If you are not confident that you will do a good job inspecting a classic car, you can bring your mechanic along when you are viewing the car. A mechanic will know exactly what is wrong with the car, and he can give you sound advice on whether to buy it or not.

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