Whether you are dipping your toe in the London classic car market for the first time, or you’re a seasoned second-hand car buyer, investing in a classic car such as a beautiful, character-packed AC Cobra is always a decision that you should think through very carefully before committing to your perfect classic car.
The dream of owning your very own piece of history can be a reality, but make sure you do your research first. Classic car enthusiasts will all agree that there is something special and unique about owning a classic or modern sports car, and carefully preserving it for the next generation.
If you’re not an expert, find someone who is!
The lure of a classic car is a strong one to resist, so when you’re looking for your very own it’s important to bring an expert with you if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. That way you’re less likely to make an impulse purchase without properly thinking it through and weighing up the pros and cons.
They will come on a test drive with you and be able to check under the bonnet to make sure that everything is just as it should be. This expert knowledge will be very reassuring when it comes to signing on the dotted line.
Use a trusted specialist
Find a specialist that has a trusted reputation for buying, selling and restoring classic cars. The alternative of buying privately comes with a huge amount of risk, and when you’re spending that sort of money, you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting what you’re paying for.
For example, if you are living in London or Surrey and are interested in buying a classic AC Cobra then carry out an internet search for ‘classic car dealership in Surrey or London’ and see who comes up first. You’ll find that certain dealerships specialise in certain types of classic cars but be prepared to travel to find the right ones. Most will have a good website that you can check out first in order to save yourself a journey.
Take your time over the paperwork
When you think you’ve found the perfect classic car for you, take the time to go through all the paperwork very carefully. You’ll need to ensure that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on all the paperwork is identical to that on the car and ensure that the MOT and servicing are all up to date.
If there is any maintenance work that’ll need to be carried out soon then make a note of it, so you know what to prioritise when the car is yours. If the classic car has been previously restored then you’ll need to know about this, too.
Conduct all your checks carefully, take your time in choosing the perfect classic car for you, and that gleaming AC Cobra will be proudly parked on your driveway before you know it.