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Thinking of Selling Your Classic Car?

Posted by Shelley Cole on Oct 18, 2017 2:30:00 PM


Whether it economic conditions or you haven’t touched your collector car in awhile and want to sell it to someone who will enjoy it for its intended purpose, you’ve decided that now is the time to part ways with your classic car. Regardless of the reason, selling anything requires planning and effort. So, unless the main goal is to sell your car as quickly as possible, ensuring you get market price for it may take a little time. 

Here are 5 things you need to know about selling your classic car:

The Car Itself: Mechanical & Cosmetic

Unless your target buyer is a collector, restorer or a mechanic, most people will want a classic car that is in great working condition and that looks great. You’ll want to make sure any mechanical repairs are performed and any cosmetic aspects are taken care of prior to putting it up for sale.

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Topics: Buying & Selling

So You're Looking to Buy a Classic Car at an Auction

Posted by Julie Lant on Oct 13, 2017 3:15:00 PM


As the rhythmic tone of the auctioneer sets in, you’ll likely be urged to raise your paddle if a classic car has caught your eye.

This article outlines the 5 things to know if you want to purchase your classic car at an auction.

Researching the lot (item) before the auction

As with most auctions nowadays, a list of lots is usually made available online prior to the auction itself. This enables you to peruse the inventory and research any classic cars that tick all the boxes on your “want” list.

Because the idea of making the lots available prior to the auction is to drive interest, and by proxy, the bids upward, ensure that you have ample time to thoroughly research the classic car in question.

Auction houses should provide ample information about the lots to enable research. Should you feel anything is missing, communicate with the auction house.

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Topics: Buying & Selling

We Know Fall Just Arrived… But Winter is Coming

Posted by Shelley Cole on Oct 2, 2017 3:30:00 PM


Fall is officially here and do you know what that means? It’s time to get in a few stunning drives before the classic car season is over. Though, despite the memorable drives you’ll undoubtedly be taking to see the beautiful fall colours on long winding roads, we need to think a little further down the line to, dare we say the “w” word, winter. Yes, winter is coming. Those of you who watch Game of Thrones will get a chuckle out of that.

Anyway, with old man winter only two calendar swipes away, we need to consider winter storage and the five things you must do before nestling your car away until the sunshine brings it back from hibernation.

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Topics: Ownership

Classic Car AirBnB, Whaaaaat?

Posted by Julie Lant on Sep 29, 2017 2:45:00 PM


We know that AirBnB is a powerhouse of rental real estate. If you’re looking for a place to stay for a night or perhaps a longer vacation, all the real estate options for your budget are at your fingertips.

Well, someone figured out that there’s a market for those who wish to drive other people’s classic cars. Yes, it’s true, Hagerty recently launched its new “DriveShare” program where it allows people the chance to drive amazing vehicles and meet their owners. Of course, like AirBnB, it’s appealing to those classic car owners looking to make a buck off their rides.

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Topics: In The News

The Beauties and Beasts of Classic Cars from the 50's and 60's

Posted by Doreen Addorisio on Sep 22, 2017 1:00:14 PM


It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a phrase that holds true when it comes to the aesthetic allure of vintage cars. We submit to you our selection of the most beautiful and beastly classics from the heyday of the drive-in movie theatres.

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Topics: Top Lists

Silver Screen Classics

Posted by Doreen Addorisio on Sep 8, 2017 10:04:10 AM


There are many things that make a movie memorable, but for car enthusiasts nothing stands out more than the perfect ride. The list of cars made famous by the movies they were featured in is a long and ever-growing one. In no particular order, here’s a selection of some of our favourites to date.


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Topics: Top Lists

Five of the Strangest Cars Ever Built

Posted by Shelley Cole on Aug 28, 2017 9:12:46 AM


Classic car magazines, shows, and auctions tend to showcase the same types of cars over and over again. However, the history of automotive design is riddled with bold attempts to create vehicles that push the limits of design, both in how they look and how they work.

If you’re tired of seeing the same old classics, this will be a treat. Here are some of our favourite vintage car oddities.

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Topics: Automobilia, Car Profiles, Top Lists

Restoration Stories That’ll Get Your Motor Running

Posted by Mike Wilson on Aug 23, 2017 9:01:55 AM


A good old-fashioned restoration will fuel any classic car aficionado’s passion. Check out these three restoration stories that will definitely get you fired up.

Reunited after 40 years

Harry Unruh was drawn to the Mercury Cougar since its introduction in 1967. He bought his first one as a student, striking a deal with the salesman at George Black Motors in Burnaby, BC. A few years later, by then married, Harry traded up for the newest and hottest Cougar – a Competition Orange 1969 Eliminator equipped with all the extras.

By 1974, Harry and his wife Marlene had settled down south of Vancouver. The Eliminator didn’t fit with their new family life and was sold to a local teenager. Within a month, the new owner had wrecked the car and it was written off, leaving Harry filled with regret.

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Topics: Ownership, Barn Finds, Spotlight Stories

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