Nothing beats the idea of the classic, especially when it comes to cars. However, it’s extremely hard to find such a commodity in a world obsessed with bringing out a ‘new and updated’ model from every car brand every single year. And yet, vintage is something people pay a lot of money for, and hundreds to thousands attend conventions and shows to see the hints of vintage in the vehicles we only ever seem to see on the TV every year.
Sure, your love for a car from yesteryear can be expensive, but it’s worth it if you’re a collector looking to pad out your previous investments, or simply to enjoy the culture of them. But even attending all the shows and scouting out the used car dealerships can turn you up empty-handed, so what do you have to do to find the classic car of your dreams?
You Have to Take a Chance
Taking a chance is something a lot of people don’t like to do; it’s risky, and you could lose a lot of money. When something so valuable is on the line, you want to be assured, and always feel like you’re the one in control. However, sometimes you absolutely have to be able to let go, and take a chance on a model that might not be in the condition you want, or on a dealer you’re not sure the reputation of.
Of course, the latter option can be resolved with a lot of research, but the former is something a lot of people turn their nose up at. Stop yourself right now if you’re doing that. It’s not going to help you get your hands on the car you’ve always wanted, and it will mean you finally get to say you own a 60s Camaro or even a Cadillac. Isn’t that worth it?
You Have to Look Far Afield
Especially in other countries, even if that’s right out of your budget. Because if you know someone across the pond has the car you’ve been looking for, for a long time, now you’re going to have a much more concrete goal in mind. For example, you can start saving up for shipping a car over from the USA. Or you can simply try and arrange a trip to go and see the model in question, and practice your negotiation skills on its current owner.
As a general rule however, this is a good thing to keep in mind. There’s always going to be more opportunities outside of the pool you’ve allowed yourself to look into, and you should never restrict yourself to just a few sources for finding a vintage car. Classic cars are in short supply these days by definition, so increasing your availability is going to turn up much better results.
Finding the classic car you’ve always wanted to get your hands on will take time and effort, don’t underestimate that. But you can increase your chances by being smart about your search.
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