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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Bar­nett

When it comes to own­ing a clas­sic car, how many buy­ers ever con­sider the spares sit­u­a­tion? New­com­ers to the move­ment are of­ten blind to keep­ing a clas­sic go­ing, when surely it’s one of the most im­por­tant things to con­sider.

For all the time a clas­sic (what­ever the age) is run­ning well, the last thing on the owner’s mind is hav­ing it ser­viced or re­paired. But when that car starts play­ing up, how eas­ily can it be re­paired? And, even more im­por­tantly, are spare parts avail­able?

Own­ing an older car should be fun, and it shouldn’t be about spend­ing count­less hours track­ing down re­place­ment parts while the car is sit­ting out­side in an un­drive­able con­di­tion.

That’s when the joys of clas­sic own­er­ship evap­o­rate and, in some cases, never re­turn. If you’re not ca­pa­ble of look­ing af­ter your clas­sic it’s im­por­tant to have a garage/spe­cial­ist who can. And they need a re­li­able source of re­place­ment parts when needed. So if you’re think­ing about buy­ing your first clas­sic this sum­mer, think about the tech­ni­cal sup­port.

‘New­com­ers are of­ten blind to keep­ing a clas­sic go­ing’

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