Determining The Market Value Of A Classic Car

By Katy Gilligan
Updated April 9, 2015
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Determining The Market Value Of A Classic CarClassic cars have an amazing cool look, and interesting history, and a ride different than any modern car on the road today. They do not have the computers and heated seats of the modern cars driving the road today, but they represent how automobiles were in the past, cars to transport people in, and even look sleek while driving it. Whether you inherited a classic car from a person in your family, or you have purchased a classic car, you may want to know the value. This could be for personal reasons, or because you want to sell the car. Either way, finding out the market value of your classic car is not as hard as it sounds.

The first thing you need to do when determining the value of a classic car is gathering all the information about the vehicle that you can. The year, make, model, and mileage of the car are essential pieces of information. If you can find a VIN number, run a vehicle title search to find out all the information about the car that you can. Automakers in the 1960’s began using VINS, so if your car is older than this, it may not have a VIN number.

When assessing the value of a classic car, it is important to be honest when making notes about the car. You may feel that your classic beauty is in pristine condition, but to buyers who know the market, it could be in bad shape. Make note of any flaws, including dents, rust, upholstery rips, and especially mechanical issues. Mechanical issues can be the most expensive thing to fix, so look into when things have been replaced. If the car has been restored, it could be worth more or less depending on the parts that were put into it.

There are different conditions that are used to describe the classic car. There is show condition, which means that the car is in perfect shape. These are the most valuable cars, and they usually have not been restored and haven’t been touched much. There is excellent condition, which means that the car has been fully restored, and there is no rust or damage to the vehicle. Good condition is next, meaning that it may need a little restoration work, but everything works properly and any flaws must be easily reparable. Fair condition means that it has some mechanical issues, but the car is still able to operate, although it may need some work to get to the optimal level to run. Lastly is poor condition, which means that the car may not run at all. There is significant body damage like rust, and it may not be possible to restore this car. These classics are the least valuable, but may have some money in them if they have good parts.

Once you know the year, make, model, mileage, condition, and any other information valuable in determining the market value of your car, it is time to do some research. You can take your car to an expert, but you should do some research on your own in order to see what other classic cars similar to yours have gone for. Some websites that you can do this on are CollectorCarMarket.com, Hagerty.com, or NadaGuides.com. These websites are easy to navigate and will help you compare and research the value of your classic car. Once you feel comfortable on a median price, take it to an appraiser who can help you if you want to sell the vehicle.





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