How to Buy and Sell a Classic Car Online
One of our Most Frequently Asked Questions is “How do I buy a car online?” Here are some tips to help steer your way through the process.
Buying a Car Online
|DETERMINING CONDITION CLASS
Before you know what price to pay for a collector car you will need to know what condition class it fits into.
|HOW TO VALUE A CLASSIC CAR
Once you know which car you’d like to purchase, you’re going to want to know what you should pay for it.
|COMPLETING THE TRANSACTION
Know what to expect when it comes time to buy.
|USING A BILL OF SALE
In an online transaction the buyer is taking most of the risk. Learn about one of the principle methods to mitigate that risk.
|CLASSIC CAR INSPECTION SERVICES
Don’t buy sight unseen. If you can’t see it in-person yourself, hire a reliable inspector to do it for you.
|CLASSIC CAR MARKET SCAMS
Familiarize yourself with some of the most common internet scams plaguing the online car market, and learn how to avoid them.
|HOW TO SPOT A WATER-DAMAGED CAR
These tips will help you to identify a car that’s been damaged by water, and steer you around making a mistake that could cost you thousands.
|IMPORTANCE OF DOCUMENTATION
You may have heard that it is valuable to have proper documentation for an investment quality car. But what does that mean?
|DOCUMENTATION: THE MARTI REPORT
Ford, Lincoln and Mercury owners have one of the best methods of documentation available: the Marti Report.
|A CARS ON LINE CAUTIONARY TALE
Cars On Line wants a good experience for all our users, but here’s a rare negative experience that could teach you about what to look for when buying a car online.
|STANDARD VS COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE
Buying a collector car is just the beginning of becoming! You’ll want to protect your investment, but there’s some nuances you might want to familiarize yourself with first.
|WHEN YOU NEED COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE
Getting into an accident is always a jarring experience, but knowing how to use your insurance and what to expect can make things easier.
|USING AUTO TRANSPORT SERVICES
Getting your newly purchased car from one place to another over the United States can present some challenges, but there are services that will help you out.
|STORE YOUR COLLECTOR CAR FOR WINTER
When winter winds start howling and ice begins creeping across the windshield, it’s time to park your collector car in the garage for the season. Here’s how.
Selling a Car Online
|HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH A CAR
Taking good, engaging photographs is critical to getting more from your car sale. Photographs in an ad say a lot about the person trying to sell the car too.
|HOW TO MAKE A VIDEO AD
Don’t be intimidated by getting your video camera or phone out when putting together an ad to sell your car. Buyers will want to give priority to ads with videos.
Collector Car Interests
|IDENTIFYING A CHEVELLE SS
Use these tips to help you make the right decision when buying a Chevelle SS. Learn ways to use the VIN, trim tag and deck plate to determine if a Chevelle SS is real.
What is horsepower? It might not mean exactly what you think.
Now that you know about horsepower, here’s some things car enthusiasts have done to crank out a little more from their cars.
|COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS
Here’s some of Cars On Line’s favorite collector car auctions inside of the United States. You’ll also get tips about buying a car at auction.
|BEST SUMMER CAR SHOWS
You don’t have to be in the market to buy a car to enjoy the hobby. Here’s a list of car shows in the U.S. you might consider this summer.
|BEST COLLECTOR CAR MUSEUMS IN THE U.S.
No matter the season, a trip to a local collector car museum can invigorate the hobby. Here’s some of Cars On Line’s picks for the best collector car museums in the United States.
Cars On Line
|CARS ON LINE ADS: DEALER vs PRIVATE
Cars On Line hosts ads for everyone that participates in the hobby, from local collectors to national dealerships. Here’s how to tell the difference when looking at an ad.