We all know the basic questions to ask when buying a car. Is the title clean, does anything not work, etc? You know the deal. But there are a few different kinds of question to ask when purchasing a classic. This is simply due to the fact that you're purchasing a 25 to 50-year-old vehicle. Here are a few things to think about before having your name put on the title.
Is There Rust Anywhere? This is a big one. Don't just ask though. Make sure to get under the car with a flashlight and inspect for yourself. Some rust is to be expected, but you'll be able to tell hazardous
Is The Car Currently Registered? If Not When Was It Last? This will give you a great indication of how long the car has been sitting. And if it has been sitting, was it garage kept? Find out!
How Long Have You Owned The Car? This is one you may ask anyway, but if not it's a great way to weed out how many times this car may have been flipped by other dealers. The longer they've owned the vehicle, the better.
Why Are You Selling? Another basic question, but an important one. This should be one of the first things you ask as it could lead to many important facts about the car. Maybe it needs work, the upkeep has been too expensive or they would just rather have the money. Hopefully, you get an answer that's more of the latter.
Don't be afraid or feel rude about bringing your own personal inspector to give the car a really thorough look through. You can typically bribe your local mechanic who’s been in the game for a while to come with you if you throw him 50 or 100 bucks for his time. Good luck on your next purchase.