General Information on Car Collection

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Car Collecting

Car collectors are passionate about their automobiles, and the Internet is an ideal place to bring them together. Use the Web to make the most of your hobby by learning about online and offline auctions, locating hard-to-find parts, conversing with other enthusiasts, and more.

General Information on Car Collection

Car collectors are as diverse as the cars they collect. Some have an affinity for the antique, others for the modern. A collector may focus his efforts on a specific era or model, or follow his eclectic leanings and amass a garage that resembles a museum exhibit on the history of the automobile. Whatever your interest or level of experience, there are online resources to aid your hobby. In this section you’ll find resources with general advice and insight on car collecting.

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  • If you’re a novice collector, start by familiarizing yourself with the different “eras” in automobile history. Doing so will allow you to develop your tastes and get a sense for where you’d like to begin. A look at AntiqueCar.com’s “Classic Car History” section (scroll down to find it on the left) can get you started.
  • There is a recurring theme in the following links: If you expect to treat car collecting as an investment and hope to make a profit, it may be harder than you think. If you want to go into car collecting, do it because you love collecting cars.

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Buying and Selling Collector Cars

Antique and vintage cars elicit images of small towns, grain silos, and the American heartland. And while the technology and your nostalgia may be ancient, the avenue available for acquiring the car of your dreams is not. The Web hosts many sites dedicated to creating vast automotive marketplaces for experienced and amateur car collectors alike.

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  • The Web's largest auto markets provide very similar services. Most list new cars and allow sellers to buy classified ads for used cars. They offer a variety of research features, like access to reviews and Kelley Blue Book values, and they almost unanimously claim to be the “Web's #1 Resource.”
  • Most sites charge sellers a fee for taking out a classified ad. Fees vary greatly in size and structure, with some coming as flat rates and others that must be paid weekly for as long as the listing is up.

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Collector Car Auctions

Auctions are a great way to buy a car. And unlike Web sites, collector car auctions allow you to see the car live, which makes all the difference when it comes to cars that are this unique and have so much character. These live collector car auctions can provide much more of an “experience” than buying or selling on the Internet, bringing people with similar passions together. The Internet also offers online auction sites, like eBay Motors.

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  • Most of the sites in this section have photographs of the cars that will be sold at the auction. They also tend to have the results from previous auctions, which could help you formulate a strategy, or at least a ballpark price range for a potential buy, before going into the auction.
  • Be sure to check the collector cars magazines for news on upcoming car auctions.

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Auto Restoration and Auto Restoration Parts

Often old vintage or classic collector cars are restored, and for many collectors, the most valuable cars are the ones put together with their own two hands. Some of the parts needed to reconstruct an old automobile may not have been manufactured for years, but luckily, there are Web sites to fulfill those needs.

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  • In general you'll find that parts delivery sites have accommodating shipping policies, but double check before making any purchases, as weight limits and your location could come into play.
  • Although they most likely don’t stock the old, rare, or custom auto parts you might be looking for, two of the bigger nationwide parts chains, AutoZone and Pep Boys, have useful customer repair information on their Web sites. AutoZone's "Repair Information" section has interactive repair guides for a long list of makes and models.

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Car Collector Organizations

As mentioned in the first section of this guide, there are many different types of collector cars, and you’ll find Web sites and organizations devoted to each one. There are people who are passionate about their hot rods and there are those who can’t get enough of vintage cars. Organizations are your chance to share your enthusiasm with like-minded collectors.

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  • Some of the Web sites listed below have a “Links” section that connects you to other recommended sites related to that particular type of car.

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