You bought it! That’s the phrase you might hear if you buy a classic car at an auction. And buying classic cars at auction is more popular and there are more of them out there than ever before. Given the economy of the last few years, many muscle and classic car enthusiasts have had to part with a prized auto, often at a steep financial loss. And that doesn’t even take into the hundreds of hours that have been put into restoration and upkeep.
However, their loss might well be your gain. You may be able to obtain cars that would have been entirely out of reach previously. There are cars out there waiting for you that you’re going to look good in cruising down the highway, unless of course you wind up with a case of buyer’s remorse. That can happen for a couple of reasons. The first of these is paying too much. Regardless of how badly you want the car, u need to do your research. Find out what the value of that particular model is, and if there are any features present that make it special and perhaps worth a bit more, and then set a limit and stick to it.
The other big cause of remorse is not getting what you thought you were buying. That happens more than you might think, and more often from ignorance than dishonesty. Too often, a seller will check the car number plates on the dash or door, and look no further. Unfortunately, this does not guarantee you’ll get what they say it is. Quite often, engines or transmissions will not match the frame numbers, since in vintage vehicles these are often replaced at some point, and sometimes without regards to authenticity. The car registration numbers need to all be of the right era, at the very least. There are plenty of resources to check these numbers , both online and other. So do your homework. Remember, it’s always a case of buyer beware at an auction.