Claims People Make When Selling a Classic Car (Part 2)

I have seen it all when it comes to claims owners make on their classic car. Sometimes they are erroneous claims that could be considered honest mistakes. Other times, a more nefarious plot is underway. As a prospective buyer it really pays to do the due diligence and verify each claim a seller makes about their car. Here are some of the claims I have heard over the years… along with the reality behind each claim.

CLAIM: “This car was in the Queen’s household service.”

REALITY: The Queen Mother was driven in it once to a horse racing meet and there are no photographs to confirm it.

CLAIM: “I bought it at an auction and they announced that it had a matching numbers engine.”

REALITY: Auction houses make no effort to verify claims made by vehicle owners, buyer beware.

CLAIM: “Dealer sold the car as an “Executive Driven Head Office Vehicle” clean Carfax report.”

REALITY: Entire back lower components replaced with parts from wrecking yard. Vehicle had three body colours and many panels didn’t line up properly.

CLAIM: “Van has passed franchise dealer Platinum Used Vehicle programme inspection. Clean Carfax report.”

REALITY: Entire nose section rebuilt using body parts made in Vietnam.

As you can see, there are different ways that a classic car can turn out to have a story that is quite different than what is originally reported. Take your time to find out the verifiable facts when purchasing – or hire a professional to conduct a professional pre-purchase inspection. It can save you a fortune.

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Looking to Save Money for Your Dream Car? Here Are A Few Ideas To Help You Get Started!

Save money for your dream car

Owning their own dream care is wishful thinking for a majority of people, unless, of course, you win a lottery somehow and end up with millions in your hands – enough to buy your dream car.

It’s a long-term commitment that comes with a price, which is why many people start saving from a very young age!

While it can certainly take you years to save up for your dream car, a little ambition and determination will certainly go a long way.

If you find yourself in the same boat, here are a few ideas to help you get started!

Cut Down Your Expenses

If you are quite the spendthrift, perhaps, it’s time to cut down your expenses and start spending less money.

You need to be able to set aside money for your car each month, so you must adjust your spending habits accordingly.

For instance, before buying anything, ask yourself if you really need it in the first place. If you don’t, you can let it go and save that money.

Work Extra Hours

You are probably already working really hard at your job, but wouldn’t it be nice to work a few extra hours and make more money?

You might have always dismissed the thought of working the weekends or some extra hours, but you might want to look into that option now since you have a dream car to buy!

A Little Money On the Side

The online world is full of opportunities where you can have a side gig to earn extra money.

Ever thought about online gambling? Maybe it’s time to bring out the inner gambler hiding inside you! Gambling is surely risky, but if you know your way around it, it’s actually great money! You just need to familiarize yourself with how online gambling works and find a nice, genuine online casino with high payout percentages.

Casimba is one such online casino that offers high payout rates through which you can save a great load of money. If you need more information on how it works, visit Casimba.com and get all the details you want.

Look for Cheaper Alternatives

This might be hard for some people, but it’s probably worth all the effort and struggle!

For instance, if you have a habit of dining out once a week, you should cut it down to once a month and resort to cheaper alternatives such as making your own food and eating at home.

Or if a particular pair of expensive headphones has caught your eye, look for something less pricey that doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet!

Final Word

Saving money to buy your dream car is certainly not an easy task, and there are no two ways about it. However, with proper planning, smart decision making, and budget plans, you can actually make it quite possible!


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1965 Jaguar E Type Roadster

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The Best Electric Revivals of Classic Cars

Classic cars are beautiful. Unlike their mass-produced modern-day counterparts, they are all different, unique in their own ways, they look and feel out of the ordinary. They have one major problem, though – their cost. Aside from the pile of cash that you have to spend on restoring their looks to their former glory, classic cars were not built with energy efficiency in mind – so many of them guzzle up gas like there’s no tomorrow. Even if you don’t count their carbon footprint, they are far from being the most efficient solution for your everyday needs. Unless, of course, you give up parts of their charm and give them a new, electric life.

With many of the cars to look forward to in 2020 are hybrid or electric, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many owners of classic cars are giving their rides an electric makeover. Especially when they have examples like these in front of them.

Jaguar E-type Concept Zero

(Photo: Jaguar.com)

The Jaguar E-type Concept Zero was built by Jaguar’s “Classic Works” workshop in Warwickshire, the UK, in 2017. The goal was, of course, to give the car once called “the most beautiful car in the world” by none other than Italian designer Enzo Ferrari a life beyond fossil fuels. The car was based on the 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type, one of the six car models that were included in the collection of the New York City Museum of Modern Art.

The car was presented to the public at the 2017 Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, then carried Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from Windsor Castle to their wedding reception a year later.
Jaguar planned to offer its E-Type Zero (and conversion kits for owners of the classic) starting 2020 but they halted this plan last year. Still, Concept Zero remains one of the most beautiful electric cars to date.

Mini Electric

Mini Electric

Before you dismiss the Mini Cooper as “just another small city car”, you should know that the Morris Mini Cooper S won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, and the Mini Marcos GT – based on the then-new Mini Cooper S – was the only British car to finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Since then, the Mini has proven its worth countless times. And its time has come to get an electric makeover.

The Mini Electric (also known as the Mini Cooper SE in some areas) set to be released this year is not the first Mini to go electric, though. A decade ago, BMW (the owner of the brand) did a trial run of an electric Mini (called Mini E), producing around 500 units.
The new Mini Electric will look and feel like the “traditional” Mini but with a 184 hp engine, a top speed of 150 kph (93 mph), and a battery good for up to 270 km (168 miles).

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz

Finally, let’s not forget the revival of one of the iconic cars of the 1970s, the Volkswagen T2, better known as “the Campervan” or “the hippie bus” (and, of course, many other names, including “Pão de Forma” or “loaf of bread” in Portugal). The T2 was produced around the world more or less constantly between 1950 and 2013 when the last plant making it was closed in Brazil. Its popularity never waned, though, so a revival – and an electric one – was to be expected.

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz looks and feels like a worthy successor to the classic. Set to enter production in 2022, the I. D. Buzz will have a 111 kWh battery that will offer it an autonomy of up to 600 km (373 miles), with a top speed of around 160 kph (99 mph).