Is a classic car a good investment? The classic car market closely follows the housing market, so now is a cheap time to buy.
Where to repair? Every club has lists of people who will give specialist advice and very often charge no more than a normal garage. Spares can be easier to get hold of than for a five-year-old car.
What to look for in your car? Mileage isn't important, but go for a good body: condition, inside and out, is everything.
Look for: car history documentation; as few previous owners as possible; service record; original bill of sale; DoT test certificates; names and addresses of previous owners.
What about insurance? Shop around. At least 60 companies offer classic car insurance. The rule is: if you don't use the car as your main transport and keep within a specified mileage, it will be cheaper to insure than a modern car.
Top 5 popular starter classics (you should be able to pick one up for around pounds 5,000):
Austin Healey Frog-Eyed Sprite
Early mini (especially Mini Cooper)
Morris Minor convertible
Top 5 naff classics
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