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Where Is the Best Vacation Destination for Car Enthusiasts?

Posted by Dana Bereas on Aug 11, 2017 2:41:26 PM

 

There are some of us that take vacations to experience foreign cultures, and then there are those that take vacations to envelope themselves in their passions. Naturally, we ask ourselves, what is the best place on earth for car enthusiasts to vacation to see classic cars?

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Topics: Automotive History, FAQs

Are Classic Cars Reliable and Safe?

Posted by Mike Wilson on Aug 9, 2017 10:23:08 AM

 

Some of us are plagued with the idea that classic cars are unreliable. Whether this is directly associated with a vehicle’s age or a distant memory of an experience we had with our first used car, the question remains; are classic cars reliable and safe?

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Topics: Ownership, Buying & Selling

How Much Is Your Classic Car Worth?

Posted by Mike Wilson on Jul 20, 2017 9:34:00 AM

 

We all tend to be creatures of habit, and us classic car owners are no different. We live for the moment when we can kick off our established routine of getting our cars out of winter storage and ready for the season.

We’re typically so involved in our preseason prep, that we often overlook one of our annual responsibilities of checking our classic car’s current value. It’s funny how a few years of the value of our vintage vehicle remaining stagnant, could lead us to expect the status quo in terms of value going into the upcoming season. But the thing is, your pride and joy's worth is not determined by the typical factors that often applies to typical cars.

Of course, there are some anomalies that may result in a classic car jumping in value. But seeing as we cannot predict those anomalies, here are 6 concrete reasons that could increase your classic car’s valuation, which in turn should prompt a call to your broker to discuss possible adjustments to your coverage.

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Topics: Ownership

7 Classic Cars That Won’t Break the Bank

Posted by Mike Wilson on Jul 18, 2017 10:03:32 AM

 

No doubt classic cars are fun, but to get one, you need to shell out the big bucks. Or do you? Whether you’ve dreamed of having a classic your entire life or you’re scouting out the next addition to your collection, these surprisingly affordable options are worth getting excited about. Any one of these gems, in good condition, will set you back less than $10,000. And, of course, the simple enjoyment of owning a classic car is priceless.

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Topics: Buying & Selling, Top Lists

How to Ensure Your Classic Car is a Good Investment

Posted by Doreen Addorisio on Jul 10, 2017 11:02:17 AM

 

Any type of investment is going to require a fair amount of research. It's important to know what to look for and where to look for it to make sure you don’t get ripped off.

By connecting with reputable organizations, you’re likely to find people who want to help you figure out whether a vehicle deserves your time and money. Attending car shows, joining car clubs and going to car auctions are good places to start, especially if this is your first time searching for a classic car.

To get you started, here are some factors to consider if you want to make some money from your passion. 

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Topics: Ownership, Buying & Selling

10 Quintessential Tips for Buying Your First Classic Car

Posted by Wendy Keith on Jul 7, 2017 11:06:17 AM



Taking the plunge and buying your first classic car is a monumental occasion. It’s been said that buying a classic car is like asking someone to join your family. So, you like them and enjoy spending time with them.

So, before you go shopping, here are 10 quintessential tips to consider before buying your first classic car.

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Topics: Buying & Selling, Top Lists

What to Consider When Buying Your Dream Classic Car Online

Posted by Wendy Keith on Jul 5, 2017 1:03:42 PM


 

With studies showing that shoppers are doing more of their purchases online than in stores, I think it’s a pretty safe assumption to make that everyone has bought, or at the very least, paid for something online. So it should come as no surprise that more and more classic car collectors are searching online for their next big purchase.

Online shopping sites, notably Kijiji, autoTRADER, eBay, and Car Nation Canada, have made classic cars much easier to find and purchase than ever.

Here are 5 things to consider when buying a classic car online:

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Topics: Buying & Selling, Top Lists

Debunking the Top 5 Classic Car Myths

Posted by Wendy Keith on Jun 22, 2017 4:31:30 PM


 

“So my buddy’s cousin’s friend’s aunt’s son-in-law’s mechanic told him that you should never buy a classic car because they’ve always got a problem with the thingamajig.”

Uh…no.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about classic cars, so we’re listing the top 5 classic car myths and debunking them while we’re at it.

  1. Classic cars rust

    Yes… just like any other car. Now it is true that the manufacturing of cars has changed over the years and classic cars may not have the same technology in the paint they use now. However, it’s not true that classic cars rust more than others if they’re well-taken care of and properly stored.

    We wouldn't exacerbate the likelihood of rust by driving purposely through bad weather conditions, but it IS a car. It’s not made of sugar and won’t melt (or rust) when exposed to regular rainfall.

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Topics: Top Lists

Considering Investing in a Classic Car?

Posted by Wendy Keith on Jun 22, 2017 4:31:04 PM

 

We know that owning a classic car is a love affair. The countless hours of TLC that you put in, so you can enjoy those summer months of care-free cruising.

While owning a classic car is usually a good investment, there are some financial costs to consider before making that leap. Newcomers to the collector car scene or those who just acquired their first classic car often ponder, what is the true cost of owning a vintage vehicle?

Just as any other vehicle, there will be the required maintenance, which brings an ongoing cost for the duration that you’ll own the car. After all, classic cars don’t come with a 100km, 5-year bumper to bumper warranty. So, anything that needs to be done, adjusted, or repaired will come out of pocket.

Here’s a quick list of some of the costs to keep in mind when owning (and operating) a classic car.

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Topics: Ownership, Buying & Selling

My Meeting with the Three Million Mile Man

Posted by Mike Wilson on Jun 21, 2017 11:25:30 AM

 

It’s always a pleasure to attend the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In at Steve Plunkett’s estate in London, and this year was no different. As expected, there were classic collectors left, right and center, all with stories to tell. However, one story stuck out after having the pleasure of running into a gentleman named Irvin Gordon.

Irv is from Long Island, New York, and he’s known around the globe for setting the Guinness World Record for the highest non-commercial vehicle mileage. Brace yourself, because he just passed 3.3 million miles on his 1966 Volvo P-1800S. That is approximately 5.3 million kilometers!

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Topics: Spotlight Stories