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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

9 Tips for Transporting Your Classic Car

Posted by Julie Lant on Jun 16, 2017 12:21:15 PM

 


You may find yourself in a situation where you need to get your classic car to another location, and driving it there isn’t really an option for you. Perhaps you have an opportunity to purchase your classic dream car from another province or from our neighbours to the south. Maybe you need to transport your car to a show you’ll be participating in or you're shipping your car for servicing or repairs.

Whatever the reason, you've invested time and money into your classic car and you want to make sure you've taken every precaution to protect your investment.

Keep these 9 tips in mind to help you protect your car during transport:

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Topics: Ownership, Top Lists

Our Top 5 Summer Drives in Ontario

Posted by Shelley Cole on Jun 14, 2017 1:42:41 PM

 

 

With summer upon us, every classic car owner has a few go-to routes they love to drive. This year, we’re offering up our top 5 summer drives in Ontario to give you the chance to discover some great alternatives.

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Topics: Top Lists

How to Restore Shine on Your Vintage Vehicle's Original Paint Job

Posted by Mike Wilson on Jun 8, 2017 4:03:19 PM

 

Whether you’re preparing to sell your classic car, getting it ready for the show floor or you’re simply looking to restore the lustre from the factory original paint job, knowing how to detail your own vintage vehicle will save you money, make your car look fantastic and ensure the paint job is preserved and maintained.

Today, we’ll run down the 5 most common steps in restoring your car’s paint job.

As with any classic vehicle, if your paint is thin, oxidized, or you simply aren’t certain of the paint’s condition, you’ll want to use extreme caution as to the pressure and products applied to these areas. When in doubt, refer to a local detailing outfit for advice or servicing.

Before you start these steps ensure you wash your car with care using soft or mild soaps that are non-damaging to your vehicle’s finish. Your car should be completely dry prior to starting the restoration of the original paint job.

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Topics: Ownership

Top 10 Classic Cars That Collectors Are Going Crazy Over

Posted by Mike Wilson on Jun 6, 2017 4:24:50 PM

 

Whether you’re a classic car enthusiast or hard core vintage vehicle collector, there are always cars to be on the lookout for. Today, we’re running down the 10 cars that collectors are scrambling to find. All of which, by the way, are skyrocketing in value.

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Topics: Top Lists

Cars, Coffee, and a Cop: Our First Ever Cars & Coffee Stouffville

Posted by Sajal Nazir on May 21, 2017 2:05:12 PM

 

Sunday, May 24th may have been Mother’s Day, but it also marked our very first Cars & Coffee event that we co-hosted along with Hagerty, right here in Stouffville.

So, while most of you were either sleeping in, or partaking in Mother’s Day festivities, the car enthusiasts of our community were rolling in with their classic and collector cars of all colours, makes and models.

Talk about passion, eh? Considering it was Mother’s Day, and the weather wasn’t ideal, the turnout was encouraging to say the least.

For those who were not able to join in on the fun don’t worry, we got some photos of the event we held right here in our parking lot, and we will be co-hosting three more Cars & Coffee events between June and August.

So, here’s what you missed:

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Topics: Event Coverage