Article Provides Automotive Advice to Classic Car Collectors
A recent New York Times article provided a wealth of information to first-time classic car collectors who want to make sure that they are making the right decision. All this sounds quite practical to us, since we are longtime, serious classic car lovers and we provide San Francisco classic car rentals for our clients. The article addressed common and practical questions for inexperienced buyers, such as: What car to buy? Where to find classic cars for sale? How to find the right classic car for the right price?
The experts dispensed advice such as the following:
- Starting your search slowly and deliberately
- Joining a classic car club and seeking advice from experienced members
- Conducting research online and in collectors’ publications to identify price trends for preferred models
- Not spending more than you can afford
Rick Carey, a veteran journalist who has written about classic cars and collectors for many years, agreed with the article but had some of his own advice for newcomers.
“Just buy the first car you see that appeals to you,” he said. He did add that you’ll be making a big mistake. “But you will learn so much from making that mistake” that a year later you can return to the same auction, sell the car and make an educated purchase.
Essentially, he told neophytes that the act (and cost) of buying their first classic car was analogous to paying tuition for an Introduction to Classic Car Collecting course.
“Determine your goals,” said Roger Rodas, a financial adviser and car collector. “Do you want to use the car for daily driving, to enjoy on weekends, or as an investment?”
He said too many new buyers buy a classic car expecting to reap handsome profits further down the road, so to speak. Instead of looking at the purchase as an investment, which it may or may not prove to be, he told buyers to “buy something you’re going to enjoy on weekends.”
We have some advice that we would like to add to this discussion. It’s admittedly biased, but still very practical and useful information. If you’re looking for a Bay Area classic car experience, call us at NLS Limo at 1-800-339-8936 to reserve one or more of our classic car rentals! They are quite affordable, very well maintained and incredibly fun to drive, and you can sample from our many options without having to make a substantial investment. Our San Francisco classic car rentals are perfect for entertaining guests from out-of-town, sightseeing tours, wedding or anniversary gifts, trips to wine country and many more great destinations. You don’t have to have tens of thousands of dollars to enjoy a classic car experience. Just call us today, and find out how affordable our classic and antique car rentals truly are. Now, that’s some good advice!