The Complete Guide to Buying a Classic Car

How to Buy a Classic Car

Classic cars are not just something pretty to look at. For many classic car enthusiasts, these vehicles represent a hobby, a passion, and even a way to preserve history. If you have never purchased a classic car before, there are several things you should be aware of before purchasing. It will help to research beforehand to ensure you are prepared for all that classic car ownership entails.

Whether you are looking for an already-finished classic car or a project car to work on, this guide from Sonic Bidder will give you some great information to help you get started.

How To Get Started

If you are very new to searching for classic cars for sale, starting by attending classic car shows is a good idea. If you have already been doing this, it is a good idea to start attending these shows to learn from other classic car owners. You can learn so much from these individuals by starting a conversation about their car and letting them know you are thinking of buying one yourself. If there is anything classic car owners love talking about, it is their vehicles.

Visiting shows like this and talking with other classic car owners will help you focus on exactly what type of vehicle you want. If you already know what type of vehicle you want, this time will help you better understand what to expect as a classic car owner.

Things to Consider

Consider a few things before purchasing your first classic car.

What is your intention? This is an important question to ask yourself because, honestly, there are many reasons why people buy classic cars. Some people are solely looking to invest money in classic cars so that they can fix them up and resell them. If you are considering this, be aware that making money this way can be difficult. The car market changes a lot and can change very quickly. It is also hard to pinpoint exactly how much time and money might need to go into a specific vehicle. Many people who buy, restore, and resell classic cars are doing it because it is just something they love to do. Make sure your intentions for making money are realistic.

How will the car be used? Are you interested in buying a classic car to use as a regular vehicle or just to show at car shows occasionally? The answer to this question will help you determine which type of vehicle to buy.

What’s your budget? If you have a specific budget, you will need to factor in all the expenses associated with the vehicle beyond the purchase price.

Do you know the market? It would help to familiarize yourself with the classic car market before attempting to purchase a vehicle. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the best possible deal.

Vehicle Details Checklist

When you finally decide on the vehicle, you must go through this checklist before purchasing. This can help you avoid legal issues and ensure you get a good deal.

Title: As with purchasing any vehicle, it is important to ensure that the title is clean. Classic cars have been around for a while and have swapped hands many times.

VIN Number: Always double-check the VIN number to ensure it matches the VIN on all vehicle paperwork. VIN numbers that do not match up can indicate that a vehicle was stolen or was involved in a serious accident.

Interior: Restoring the interior can get very expensive. You will want to check the interior to make sure it is original. Original will be best for the investment you are making.

Exterior: Always inspect a car in natural daylight. This will show up defects more easily.

The test drive: You never want to purchase a vehicle without test-driving it yourself. However, you can only test drive if the vehicle is legal to have on the road. Pay close attention to the suspension and any noises the engine is making.

Classic Car Insurance

Once you purchase a classic car, you will need to consider insurance. You must understand that classic cars are insured differently than other vehicles. There is a good reason for this.

Car insurance rates are set based on the vehicle’s value and the risk the driver poses. Regardless of how good of a driver you may be, the value of your classic car will significantly impact how much you will pay for insurance.

Classic cars are valued very differently from average vehicles. This affects the insurance.

To obtain proper insurance on the classic car you have chosen, you will need to have the vehicle evaluated by an insurance specialist. It is best to have it evaluated by an insurance representative familiar with classic cars and who has done these types of evaluations before.

The vehicle’s value will be based on the market value and the money you have invested into the car.


Classic car maintenance is also far different than maintenance for regular vehicles. The classic car you have purchased is an important investment. It is not only an important investment for you, but you are also being handed the responsibility of preserving this car for the classic car community. Many in this community believe preserving these vehicles is an important way to preserve our history.

Classic car maintenance must be kept up meticulously. The vehicle should be protected from the elements and garaged safely.

You should not allow just anyone to drive your classic car, either.

Owning a classic car can be a fun and rewarding experience. Follow these tips to help you make the most of classic car ownership, or contact us to learn more!


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