How to Locate my First Classic Car or Muscle Car
Depending on what you want, this can be very hard for the first time buyer. Obviously the first thing that you need to know is what kind of muscle car you want. Beyond that the more that you can learn that particular car, that better of that you will be.
A sad fact of these days is that there are a lot of people that will rip you off, if you don’t know about the car that your looking for. Get a book about the car that you have chose that you’d like to have, read the book and learn all you can about the car.
Take a notebook when you go to look at the cars, the reason that I say cars, is that you should look at more then one of them. In the notebook you’ll take notes to help you choose on the car that you want. You will write down the engine casting numbers, RPO codes, transmission codes, and rear end codes.
You should always jot down the vin code also, these numbers will help you choose if you want to buy a car, or if you need to keep looking. When trying to locate your first classic car, or muscle car, you should never act to excited as you look at the cars.
Acting overly excited will make it simpler for a scammer to rip you off. Play it off like you have two or three of them located, and now your trying to choose between them. This will place you on top in the negotiation process, rather then the person selling the car.
When trying to locate my first classic car, or muscle car, the more things that I place in my favor, the better. Don’t feel like your lying to them, believe me, they would do the same thing. Now let’s talk money, and how much of it to start with.
First of all let’s get the notion of buying a classic car, or muscle car in excellent condition for $2,500. This very rarely happens these days, and when it does it’s just pure luck. You should plot on spending about $10,000 to get a excellent starter car.
When I say a excellent starter car, I mean a car without a lot of rust, and not terrible as far as dents in either. I don’t mean a perfect car, so now that we have that out of the way, as you look at these cars you should be taking a lot of notes in your notebook.
In the end you can compare these notes to see which car is the best one to start with. You should compare price, condition of the cars, and if the car is exactly what your looking for. You should buy the one with the least problems, that is the closest to exactly what your looking for.
If your plotting to build a show car out of this car, you’ll need to be a lot pickier then if it’s a daily driver. Take a lot of notes on the condition of the body, the interior, electrical, and mechanical parts of the car, the list should end up telling you which car is the best for the money.
You should always plot to do some restoration work on the car, these are ancient cars, and usually need some like. When locating my first classic car, or muscle car I always pay attention to the to the details. The fine detail can save you a lot of money in the end.
By fine details I mean does it have the engine that it came with from the factory? Does it have the transmission that it came with from the factory? If you look for these kinds of things, you can save a lot of money when it comes time to restore the car.
If you just take your, and go a long slow and simple, you should get just the right classic car, or muscle car for you. But this is all about how you do it, use the notebook and write down everything that you find that is, or isn’t like it should be, and the moon is yours.
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