The car industry shares one thing with the mobile and telecommunications industry: Despite the competition, only very few truly emerge as giant players. In the car industry, only a few brands have established a recognized name and a long-standing reputation in the market. It’s Honda in Japan; BMW and Mercedez Benz in Germany; and Ford in the United States. In fact, these three countries lead the pack when it comes to cars.
Classic cars from USA especially are very popular, their design and make a throwback to the 70s – 90s period, made popular in photo ads of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe. Old cars from USA are known for their sturdy and solid built and reliability. So, if you’re thinking of buying classic cars for export, here are 3 important things to take note.
An important check is the rust damage on the trunk, floor and sides of the car. While you can commission repairs, rust is rust and it can eventually lower the quality of your vehicle especially if you intend to resell it.Check also other parts such as the car’s upholstery, mirror, side panels, as well as paint peelings, dents in the body and misalignment in the wheel. These little details add to the cost of repair and restoration so the least damage and items to be repaired, the better. Of course, don’t forget to take the car out for a drive to check on the motor.
3 . Be smart about shipping. A major consideration when it comes to classic cars shipping is exposure to water and salty air. Cars are transported in ship cargo carriers and you don’t want your investment to be in contact with either water or salt air. Make sure there are no lose parts when you pack your car. Commission a professional and reliable packing company who will do a good job of protecting both the interior and exterior of your car so that it arrives in good condition.
A classic car, much like (or perhaps even more) a new model, is an investment. For the price that you’re getting, make sure that you’ve carefully checked all the necessary parts before signing the paperwork. And just as you’re willing to pay for the car itself, don’t scrimp on the shipping and transport arrangements. Consider it part of protecting your investment.