Many classic car buyers get too excited when they are viewing or inspecting cars, and some of them will just invest in a car that looks attractive and well-maintained, without further consideration for the condition of the engine and other parts that contribute to overall performance. Proper inspection of a car is important because it will help you determine whether the car is worth buying or not. When inspecting a classic car, you should have a pen and paper with you to record your observations.
First of all, you should check all the paperwork that is related to the classic car, including the title, service records, and photos that show the restoration works that had been done over the years. You should make sure that the VIN on the car matches the VIN on the title. After you have checked the documents, you can proceed to start the car.
Pay attention to how well the car starts. A good car should start easily, without shaking or making too much noise. When the engine is running, take a look at the exhaust to see if there is smoke coming out, and observe the color of the smoke. Listen to the sound of the idle engine when it is cold, and then, rev it up to see if it is smooth. If the engine makes noises, you should document them as well. After the engine is warmed up, take note of the sound and check the exhaust for smoke again.