A Beginner’s Guide for Classic Car Newbies

If you are looking to purchase a classic car, always do your research to make sure you are getting the best deal. If you do not know a lot about classic cars, read up on them in car magazines and attend car auctions. You can network with a lot of people who are in the classic car industry that will give you tips on how to find the best value.

Investing Extra Time and Money

With any older classic car, you will most likely have to do repairs and spend extra money for maintenance. If you choose to restore the car, it can be anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000. If the car is already in great condition, you may just need to take it into a mechanic for routine checkups. If you know how to do car repairs yourself, you can save a lot of money and possibly turn your car around for a good profit.


Prices range with classic cars. There are many that were mass-produced that are more common, so are offered at cheaper prices. The rarer classic cars can be very expensive, depending on how many were produced. The cars may have only been produced in certain quantities and colors, so colors may also affect the price. If there were only 500 blue cars made in the world of the model you want, you could be paying a lot more. A great paint job on a classic car will drive up its value.

Are Classic Cars a Good Investment?

Many people think every classic car is a great investment, but they sometimes end up spending more than the car is worth on repairs and restoration. If you are buying your first classic car, don’t expect to flip it for much money. People that are experienced with buying and selling a classic car know everything there is to know about each car’s value, it’s condition if it needs repairs, etc. However, if you get your hands on a very rare vehicle, you can be looking at a lot of money in value.

How to Get a Good Deal

Always do your homework on the value of the car before getting a price and taking it. You do not want to overpay for a car so search what other models are being sold for online. If the car is not in fair condition or better, look for another car. If you are looking for a car that is manufactured in larger numbers, the price will be less that one that was produced in lower numbers. Many cars from the 1980s are a great investment since the next trend in classic cars is the Miami Vice era. Cars from the 1980s like The Camaro IROC-Zs are really affordable and will likely be a trendy collectible year to come.