THE CAR THE MUST HAVE FOR PRIVATE TRANSPORT
By a motor vehicle, one understands a land vehicle that is driven and not guided by rails. Passenger vehicles have at least 4 wheels and are colloquially called cars (or automobiles). According to the Passenger Transport Act, cars are motor vehicles, suitable for and intended to carry no more than nine people (including the driver) according to their design and equipment.
These are not necessities, but nice-to-have. They beautify and customize the look of an automobile and offer a lifestyle not to be underestimated - just imagine a picnic basket on the boot lid. They help to supplement basic equipment as needed or improve intended use by their particular nature.
MY FIRST CLASSIC
Buying a historic vehicle poses a major challenge for most people. On the one hand, there is the intense desire to become the owner of a special classic, as original as possible. On the other hand, there is often a great deal of uncertainty as to whether the chosen dream vehicle is as original and in such good condition as the seller claims. Especially if it is your first classic, of course, many more questions arise - e.g. about the right insurance, everyday use, overwintering etc.
So that you can overcome these initial hurdles a little bit more relaxed, we have put together the most important issues with some tips. If you want to be on the safe side - Classicparts4you.com accompanies you from the beginning - professionally, independently and with all our combined expertise. Just contact us.
WHICH VEHICLE IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR ME?The most crucial question of all, is the one for the right vehicle. This is followed by other, not less important ones. However, beware: anyone who has ever fallen in love with a particular model or has long dreamed of his object of desire, can easily be seduced. First of all, you have to be clear about the available budget, which not only means the purchase itself, but also additional costs of maintenance, garaging, repairs or necessary restoration matters. It is also important to find out if there are enough spare parts on the market for your chosen vehicle. Furthermore: a qualified workshop for historic vehicles should be located nearby - classicparts4you.com is a real help here, with its extensive parts and workshop database.
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR AND BUYING A HISTORIC VEHICLE?
Important: do not strike immediately if a seemingly attractive offer is made to you! First, compare different offers and above all - take as many opportunities as possible to inspect the vehicle. This is the best way to get to know the pitfalls of classic car buying and to be forearmed for your actual purchase. Nonetheless, for you and your wallet, the safest option is to hire an expert in historic vehicles to advise you on your purchase. This is money well spent. And of course you should be informed about the current prices for your desired vehicle - considering the relevant condition ratings.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO BE AWERE OF WHEN APPLYING FOR INSURANCE?It is helpful to seek out professional advice on this topic or at least to compare the various insurance offers and prices. You should also consider how often you want to use your historic vehicle. Classicparts4you.com has put together the most important information about insurance and authorizations for you.
HOW DO I BEST PROTECT MY VINTAGE CAR?
A historic vehicle is indeed an object of desire, but not just for you! In order to protect it against theft, but also against vandalism, it should be parked at least in a well secured underground car park. Better still, being parked in a single garage. If you want to use your favorite even in rain or winter, it is essential to conserve the vehicle thoroughly and regularly check for rust. As damp and moisture are its worst enemy.
HOW DO I KEEP MY CLASSIC IN SHAPE?
An annual check-up of your vintage car should be as regular as a visit to the dentist. A workshop specializing in historic vehicles can save you a lot of money and further damages, with a thorough inspection and timely replacement of wearing parts. But even if you do have your vehicle carefully and regularly inspected, you should still be financially prepared for any major repairs.