1974 Jaguar E-Type Roadster V12

1974 Jaguar E-Type Roadster V12<

FOR SALE: 1974 Jaguar E-Type Roadster V12

Drive this car anywhere! More information on the listing page.




Why Keep Records for your Car, Bike or Truck?

I was just going through my service records for my daily driver and my summer toy. I’m also involved in selling several classic vehicles at the moment that have undergone extensive restoration but no one kept records. One vehicle is a one owner unit, but the owner never told his family where the records were kept. Luckily, the two most recent service facilities he used are still in business and were able to print out the work orders. The original selling dealer threw all their records out 6 years ago when they moved location and started with a whole new software regime. When selling a special classic car at a normal price, prospective buyers know that they are buying the care and attention lavished on it by the previous owner(s). If no records are available, it’s natural that they will question the quality of the vehicle.

When going through the records for a car, look for long periods of inactivity. Inactive cars are like inactive people, they don’t fair well. Throw every bill and work order in a file folder, there’s a good chance they will be valuable one day.

Keep them in a safe place, not in the glove box!


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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.


The Kia Rondo – A Compact MPV (That You Probably Forgot About)

The Compact MPV is a unique classification of cars. These vehicles are common in Europe, where their combination of storage space and better fuel economy makes them preferable to full-sized vans, SUVs, and crossovers.

But in America, the compact MPV never really took off. Want some proof? Do you remember the Kia Rondo? Probably not – because it was only sold for 3 model years in North America. The same is true of the Mazda5, another Compact MPV that was slightly more popular, but still was discontinued due to low sales.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the Kia Rondo, and explain why it didn’t take off in North America, despite being a reliable, convenient compact car.

The Rise Of The Crossover Led To Lower Demand For Compact MPVs And Wagons

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the price of gas in North America started to sink, and consumers began buying crossovers, trucks, and full-sized SUVs in record numbers. This trend is continuing today. Crossovers and other larger vehicles are so popular that companies like Ford have actually discontinued smaller cars in America.

Essentially, this means there is a much lower demand for smaller MPVs and “people-carriers”. Station wagons and large hatchbacks like the Kia Rondo are no longer ideal vehicles for American consumers – who will simply choose to purchase a larger, more expensive full-sized SUV, crossover, or van.

The Kia Rondo Was Too Much Of A “Jack Of All Trades”

Another reason that the Kia Rondo did not become popular in America was because it was too much of “jack of all trades”. It looked like a minivan – but it didn’t have sliding side doors. It had a hatchback and seating for 5-7 people, but it wasn’t exactly sporty. It was small, but not small enough to get fantastic fuel economy – with the first models providing 19 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway.

And its small size – though an asset in countries like Europe and Canada where roads are small and congested, and you must often park on the street – did not make sense to most Americans, who benefit from large garages, enormous parking lots, and wide roads.

Good News – You Can Still Get A New Rondo In Canada (And Used Rondos In America)

There definitely is a market for a smaller MPV in North America, so it’s a shame that there are no new Rondos being made. But there is good news! You can get a used Kia Rondo for a great price – under $6,000. If you’re interested in a smaller vehicle that offers the versatility of a van with a more sleek, small form, the Kia Rondo is perfect for you.

And, in fact, the Kia Rondo continues to be offered at Applewood Kia Surrey dealerships in Canada, where consumers tend to prefer slightly smaller cars due to the higher price of gasoline. The vehicle is still being manufactured, and is still in its third generation, and has adopted a slightly larger design, which classifies it as a compact SUV.

Elsewhere in the world, the Kia Rondo is sold as the Kia Carens, and continues to enjoy success. It’s just a shame that it never took off in America – but if you live elsewhere in the world, you can still purchase a brand-new or used Rondo!

The Kia Rondo – A Vehicle Before Its Time?

The Kia Rondo was a great car. It was reliable, compact, and – compared to the SUVs and vans of its time – surprisingly fuel-efficient.

The compact MPV, like the humble station wagon, is a great alternative to fuel-hungry SUVs and crossovers – and it wouldn’t surprise us if these vehicles make a comeback when oil prices start to surge again, like they did in the mid-to-late 2000s.

Thanks for joining us, and exploring this forgotten Kia vehicle! We hope this article has been educational and informative.


An Appraisal Now Protects You in the Future

Telling your insurance company the true nature of your collector classic by employing an appraisal is a very good precaution for when things go wrong. The craziest things happen to cars. They go up in flames, they get damaged by floods.

I had a client who had a highly modified modern classic car. His insurance agent had not requested an appraisal and the car had no specific value on the policy. The owner of the car had spent $125,000 total on the vehicle. There was a midsummer storm which caused widespread flooding and, in his case, his garage was situated under the house and the car ended up in 2 feet of water. The insurance adjuster explained that the insurance company would make no effort to restore the vehicle because the wiring system and engine management computer had been underwater. The car itself appeared “as new”.

The insurance company appraiser came along and explained that you could spend a fortune on one of these cars and still not make it any more valuable than the base unit. My research indicated that there were cars in the U.S. that were restored and modified in a similar manner that were selling for twice the amount that the insurance company was offering.

The end result was that the insurance company paid the client the amount I had indicated and he kept the car salvage for free. He was able to sell the salvage to the vehicle’s restorers, which allowed him to recoup all the money that he had invested in the vehicle.

Another precautionary tale involved a gentleman who went to New Jersey to buy a brand new Japanese car that had been flooded on the dock after it had been unloaded from the shipping vessel. When he got it back home, he discovered that purchasing the computer modules was going to cost him more than the vehicle was worth, and because the car was so new, there were no used modules in any wrecking yards. He was paranoid because he had never explained the situation to his wife, yet.

The moral of this tale is that a simple car appraisal is a very powerful tool in case the unexpected happens. A small investment now can protect you from huge losses. Contact us for a professional appraisal you can count on.


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Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.


1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

FOR SALE: 1982 Porsche 911SC Targa

One very careful owner. More information on the listing page.