Online buying tips for classic and vintage cars

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Online buying tips for classic and vintage cars.

eBay Motors recommends ways to avoid common pitfalls

One of our favorite office timewasters, eBay Motors, is offering online buying tips for classic and vintage automobiles just in time for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Buying a classic car online comes with a ton of pitfalls that most buyers of Late Model cars won’t experience. “Do I need to bring a trailer?” is a common question, as well as “does it run on unleaded gas?” “Is it street legal?” is also a good one.

For classic cars, eBay suggests you start with a checklist. Enter headings like “distance,” to help you estimate how much it will cost you pick up the car; “test drive” — note whether you or a paid inspector will be checking out the car; “value” will give you an idea of the car’s typical price range; “insurance” — figure out how much it will cost to keep it legal; “license plates,” checking for special classic car plates; and “storage,” or the cost to keep the car protected. Once the list is done, give it a once-over to see if the purchase makes sense.

If the numbers add up, buyers should investigate the seller, closely inspect the photos, ask plenty of questions and obviously inspect the car in person if possible.

A good place to start when looking to purchase is the eBay Garage section, which features more than 400,000 public profiles of cars (and car fans) ranging from classics to show cars to hot rods. More than 2,700 vehicles fall under the “classic” heading, and more than 1,000 are in the “show car” group.

Check out eBay Motors tips on buying classic cars. You might not be able to get a classic piece of iron before this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise, but if you start now, next August could be your coming out party. And what a way to do it.

We hope you have enjoyed these online buying tips for classic and vintage cars.

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