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Buying a Better Classic Cruise

What enables heads to keep turning and drivers to be noticed? Of course, what else but a classic car?

  By Kyle Busch
 About Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch is the author of "Drive the Best for the Price ..." He has over a quarter-century of experience buying used vehicles and saving money.
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What enables people to be on time for an important appointment, attend a favorite social event or recreational activity, or just drive on a pleasant summer day? What machine do many people get to know as if it were almost a member of the family? What enables heads to keep turning and drivers to be noticed? Of course, what else but a classic car?

More and more people are realizing that the cost of new transportation can really shift a budget into reverse. In many instances, today's new vehicle prices compare to the cost of a new some just a generation ago. It would be great to turn back the hands of time on vehicle prices.

This is impossible with new vehicles, but in some instances, it is possible when buying classic cars. Classic automobiles not only provide a driving experience that today's new vehicles cannot match, but they can be great investments.

The following tips will help you to get more driving pleasure and save money on your next classic vehicle purchase. 

  1. Take the time to really identify your transportation needs and the classic vehicle that is suited to your disposition. Buying a used classic that satisfies transportation needs and drivers' dispositions to the greatest extent results in maximum driving pleasure.


  2. Consult the Internet to visit specific discussion boards for "on the street" information about a specific classic vehicle.  


  3. Consult Hemmings Motor News in print or online to learn about classic car prices. Checkout the vehicle classified sections of the largest newspapers in the United States. Vehicle price trends begin in the major cities and then progress to other areas of the country. One thing to keep in mind concerning classic car prices and restoration: In many instances, costs to restore classic vehicles end up being 25 to 50 percent greater than what many buyers anticipate. 


  4. Keep informed of any shifts in demand for classic cars of interest by joining classic car clubs and attending classic car shows. Also, identify that top-notch mechanic who has chosen to make his living working on classics. Many of the "Old timers" have gained experience that money really cannot buy and most are glad to spend 15 or 20 minutes every few months talking about a classic vehicle.


  5. In most instances, buying a used classic vehicle takes a considerable amount of time, effort, and depending on the vehicle, finances. After obtaining the classic, take the necessary time to shoot photos, document the mileage, and record the maintenance and condition of the vehicle. This will go a long way in helping to protect the classic of your dreams.


  6. Remember that information, knowledge, and understanding are the keys to driving the best classic car for the price. 

Kyle Busch is the author of Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Mini-van and Save Money. The book can be ordered from Barnes and Noble or Borders. Learn more about the book and the author at: The web site accepts all transportation questions.

© 2003 Kyle Busch
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