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Originally Posted On: 3 Things to Know When Buying a Classic Car – carwitter
For car enthusiasts, motorheads, or anyone who loves the feeling of getting behind the wheel and driving off into the sunset, owning a classic car is the dream. It may not come with the cool gadgets of modern vehicles, but this isn’t the point. Instead, it is a statement. It is something that you will care for even more than your children, and it’s one that will help you feel you’ve made it.
Before you’ve saved up all that money to buy a classic car, though, there are a few things you need to know.
They Will Enhance Your Driving Experience
If there’s one thing that people love about used cars, it’s that they come with character. Part of this character is that unlike modern vehicles, classic cars are not fitted with the insulation, suspension, and or power steering that you have become accustomed to.
But this is all part of the experience. You want to feel the road; you want to hear the noise, smell the smells, and feel the bumps and twists around every corner. If you wanted to get a car that was just a means to an end, you’d have bought a regular modern car. With a classic car, you get character.
They May Not Be As Comfortable
Of course, you should still consider that comfort is not going to be high on the priorities, especially if you’re used to the home comforts of more modern vehicles.
You will be without heated seats and air conditioning, the upholstery might not be as welcoming as you remember. Still, this shouldn’t ruin anything, and you can always find lumbar supports or little add-ons to make longer journeys more comfortable.
They are also not as reliable as you might expect. This can impact the overall comfort itself, as you can never relax while cruising down the motorway or along country roads. If you are always worried that something might go wrong, you won’t enjoy the experience as much, so make sure you stay on top of any repairs or problems before venturing out.
They Will Stand Out
You can consider this both a pro and a con. On the one hand, your car is sure to stand out and catch people’s attention as you cruise through town. It’s a conversation starter and one that might christen you as The Classic Car Guy.
However, this can also come with its share of negatives. A classic car will attract attention, and this could be the wrong sort of attention. Considering it’s value, there’s a risk it could be broken into or stolen, which is the worst that could happen, so make sure to be cautious when you take it out.
A classic car is not just a purchase, but an investment in yourself. While some people will never understand why you love this car so much, they don’t have to. All that matters is that you treat it with the respect it deserves and enjoy every journey you take, whether that’s across the country on a road trip, or just to the shops to pick up some milk.