Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Basics of Restorations:  Searching for Cheap Muscle Cars

If your wife gave you permission to purchase that cool hot rod to work on, you may be wondering where to begin. Finding the project car is the hardest part. If you want to make your project a success, finding cheap cars is a great place to start.

If you have done any research at all, you know that car restoration is costly. That is why finding cheap muscle cars can help you to save money. There are many good deals out there, all you need to do is know where to find them.

Searching for the Car

It is not that simple to find a good car that just needs a little bit of work. Dealerships do not sell muscled cars that are junked, so avoid these places unless you have a ton of money to spend on a vehicle.

The Internet offers many different resources for anyone looking to restore old cars. Search on eBay or Craigslist. The condition of the vehicles you find will range from good to not so good. Some of the past owners may have stored cars underneath tarps and in garages. Other owners may have left their cars out in the weather.

Checking out a local salvage yard may be a good idea too. Even if the car is missing some parts, this will be a way to get a discount car. You may also want to check your police department's repossessed vehicle auction.

Looking at the Car

You always need to research any car you are considering purchasing. Although cheap muscle cars are inexpensive, you can still end up spending a ton of money on fixing one if you are not careful. Be sure that you are buying a car that is going to be worth it in the end.

Look up the value of the vehicle you are interested in. There are a few different guides that you can find online that will help you find out what it is worth after it is restored. Any appraiser can tell you what a car in someones front yard is worth, but all you really need is common sense.

Discover if the car runs and what its past damage history is. Find out what original parts are missing and then you will be able to figure out what you will end up spending on fixing the car. You want to think about the interior and exterior of a car before you purchase it.

The Right Price

The right price will depend on what type of shape the car is in and your future plans for it. You may want to find a car that is in horrible shape to start with so that you can have fun fixing it yourself. A junkyard will probably sell a junked car for a few thousand dollars.

If you have the money, you may want to find a car that is in decent shape. You can tinker with it instead of having to rebuild it completely. Look for a car that is running and looks pretty good. Enjoy looking for your dream car.