checks you can make to stay pro­tected

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Many of the rules per­ti­nent to buy­ing any se­cond­hand car can be ap­plied to clas­sics and the DVLA rec­om­mends start­ing with the of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment ad­vice on gov.uk/check­swhen-buy­ing-a-used-car.

How­ever, un­like the typ­i­cal used ve­hi­cle, his­toric ex­am­ples have had at least 40 years in which to be ex­posed to wear, botched re­pairs, ac­ci­dent dam­age and even iden­tity theft. Most of to­day’s prized clas­sics were con­sid­ered in­ex­pen­sive ‘bangers’ by the mo­tor trade at some point in their his­to­ries, mean­ing that past re­pairs may have been per­formed as cheaply as pos­si­ble.

There­fore, tak­ing your time, do­ing in-depth re­search and en­list­ing the help of like-minded en­thu­si­asts and clubs will re­duce the risk of post­pur­chase re­gret.

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