Buying a classic car is the goal that many motor fans have. The trend in recent years has been that cars increasingly lose their essence. In some a predominant aesthetic continuist and boring. In others, the electronics reigns completely and the sensations behind the wheel are lost. Or there are simply users who have a fetish model from a bygone era and now the time has come to acquire it.
But buying a classic vehicle is not always as easy as it sounds. We are talking about cars that in most cases exceed three decades of life and have gone through several hands. Once you have completed the complicated task of choosing the model you want to buy and having set an approximate budget, there are still things to do. That is why we leave you a series of tips for the process to be carried out with satisfaction.
Who owns the car?
The origin of the car is a key when it comes to buying it. If you buy it from a private individual, on the papers the vehicle must be registered in your name. If the purchase is through a dealer or auction, they probably have already checked before where it comes from. The main reason is that if the previous owner bought it and did not put it in his name it is an illegal act.
Each owner who passes the car must register it in his name. For this, it is necessary to complete a contract of purchase and sale and pay the relevant registration tax. The new owner will have to make sure to have all the documentation up to date and it is always wise to save the old owner’s data just in case.
Check the rack number
After having the papers in order it is necessary that the number of frames (VIN) agrees in the car and in its documentation. There are no concessions here, it can not differ even in a single digit since the agreement would no longer be valid. Sometimes it can simply be a transcription error, but you have to make sure that the problems do not come later.
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Make sure it has not been tampered with
Some people deliberately falsify the rack number deliberately for several reasons. Always have to doubt before any sign of alteration of this number of 17 digits. In classic cars with more reason, since depending on the time the chassis numbers worked otherwise and therefore it is advisable to be well informed or take someone who knows the subject.
In the present no, but in vehicles entered in years this number was screwed to the chassis, it is necessary to verify that there are no signs of manipulation. If it is in an area of easy extraction as the door is not valid. You will have to find the original chassis number that may be more hidden depending on the model and the year of manufacture.
Ask the seller for all documentation
To stay calm and complete the information of the vehicle, it is interesting that the seller gives us all the documentation that has. Any invoice can be useful and maintenance books will be key. This way you can check the repairs and keep the original parts. For this, it is also convenient to check that it matches the number of the frame with the number of the engine (although there may be some exceptions). It would also be convenient to request a report to Traffic to verify that the vehicle has no charges
Find out about restoration
In this type of classic vehicles, many times the sellers use as claim some slogans like “complete restoration”. That will also have to be checked, see until level the car has been restored. It would be interesting to check all parts that have been repaired or replaced, as well as whether original spare parts have been used. This factor may depend to a great extent on the final purchase price.