Owning a classic car is a dream many motorists have - evoking a certain romance of the love of the open road.
Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
"Many feel a classic car is the way to get the romance of the road back. It might be hard to enjoy a Sunday drive in the same car you've commuted to work in all week.
“Others just love the sense of owning a piece of history, taking part in owners’ club events or the unique driving experience.”
Buying your first classic car might seem tricky at first; with this in mind we've got a few questions you should be asking yourself before you take the plunge.
1. Are you mechanically-minded and able to do your own maintenance and restoration?
If you've never wielded a spanner with any certainty it might not be a good idea to take on a classic car which is a bit of a "project" (unless you have a good mechanic to hand). Keep in mind parts are particularly difficult to come by for some vehicles so even if you're prepared for a project don't expect it to be finished quickly! However, if a labour of love doesn’t scare you then a classic car is for you.
2. Do you have the space?
A garage is required for any classic car ownership. Attempting to keep a classic car maintained while leaving it out to the elements is a little like trying to turn back the tide. A much repeated warning is covering the car outside does about as much good as leaving it in a sauna. Make sure you heed the warnings and make space for your new investment.
3. Do you know what you're looking for?
While you've probably got your dream car in mind there's a wealth of problems which classic cars offer new owners. When buying, be wary of rust, general "sag" on the frame, worn-away parts in the engine and consider whether the car has already been converted to run on unleaded petrol.
With these questions in mind you'll know if you're ready to buy your first classic car.
At Be Wiser we offer great classic car insurance, with free legal and breakdown cover, which can give you the peace of mind you need before making your classic car dreams come true in 2013.