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5 Things to Remember When Restoring a Classic Car

However, there are important factors to take into consideration when choosing the car that you will spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollar restoring. If you’re thoughtful, the project can bring immense satisfaction. Conversely, carelessness can result in wasted money and crushing disappointment.

The classic car market in North America at a glance

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The Hagerty Market Rating uses a weighted algorithm to calculate the strength of the North American collector car market.

The Hagerty Market Rating measures the current status of the collector car market in terms of activity or “heat”; directional momentum; and the underlying strength of the market.

  • For the first time in four months, the Hagerty Market Rating saw a sizable increase. At 69.07, July’srating is up 0.17 points from last month.
  • Auction activity saw the biggest positive movement of any section this month and is at its highest since December 2015. The number of cars sold is up 2 percent over last month and the average sale price is up 1.8 percent.
  • After its third consecutive drop last month, private sales activity increased, largely driven by an increase in the number of cars selling for above their insured values.
  • Despite these increases, requests for insured value increases for broad market vehicles fell for the tenth consecutive month and are at a 26-month low.
  • Insured value increases for high-end vehicles also decreased. This is their third consecutive drop and they are at a 17-month low.

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According to Hagerty market rating data, auction activity for classic cars is up 2% for July.

1. Choose a car that will retain value

There are an infinite number of old cars for sale that need restoration. Most of these cars aren’t worth much, and will never be valuable no matter how carefully they’re restored. Don’t impulsively settle on a particular model. Do some research to determine which models are more valuable once they’ve undergone restoration. A car with appreciation potential might cost more to buy, but it’s important to remember that the cost of the car is only a small component of the total project cost.

2. Be wary of rust

Depending on where the car you choose has spent its life, you may find the car’s chassis has been eaten away by rust. Rust damage is time consuming to repair, and requires replacement of steel body panels. If you buy a rust bucket, be prepared to strip the entire chassis, sand blast every inch of metal, cut off sections that cannot be repaired and weld new replacement sections. If you’re lucky, you can buy replacement panels from aftermarket manufacturers. If not, you will have to fabricate them from sheet metal. Rust repair certainly isn’t for everyone, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into.

3. Find a car that starts

If you purchase a car that starts and runs, you significantly reduce the chances of expensive and time consuming mechanical repairs. Buying a non-running car that has been sitting for a decade can be a risky proposition. In the best-case scenario, you might need a new battery, starter or fuel pump. In the worst-case scenario, you may have a seized engine that will need to be rebuilt or replaced.

4. Ensure availability of replacement parts

A shortage of replacement parts can stop your project dead in its tracks. If you buy a car that is particularly scarce, there may not be aftermarket replacement parts available and used parts may be prohibitively expensive. To ensure your project goes smoothly and stays on budget, make sure replacement parts won’t be a major stumbling block.

5. Bring an expert

If you have a friend or acquaintance who knows about auto restoration, bring him or her along to look at a potential purchase. It’s a good idea to get feedback from someone with more experience in auto restoration, and choosing your car is the ideal place to start. Feedback from an expert with a critical eye can save you time and headache down the line.

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Car Dealerships: Behind, Ahead or on Their Way Out? 

The transition from four legs to four wheels didn’t happen overnight, but the technology-driven switch was permanent. According to historians, the problems surrounding urban dependence on horses for transportation were the driving forces for change.
Will autonomous self-driving automobiles make collisions obsolete? Will dealerships and auto parts stores be supplanted by the price, ease and convenience of shopping online?

Changing Markets, Changing Attitudes

When a character from television’s Mad Men bought a new car, it was more than just transportation. Boomers bought wheels that made statements. Today’s consumers care more about gas mileage. Millennials are practical and thrifty, they do their research before buying, and they aren’t always impressed by size and brand.

They have access to non-traditional taxi services too. Uber rivals both Ford and GM with a $50 billion valuation. Families can save money by not relying on a second car, and they can do it without sacrificing convenience. A slow but steady evolution in generational attitudes results in far fewer trips to the local car dealership.

Autonomous Automobile Automation

According to the Wall Street Journal, monthly U.S. car sales topped 1.5 million this past May. While it sounds like lot of deal closing, that number is down 6 percent from last year’s figures. Are we all holding out for robotic automobiles? You’d think so according to recent media reports. The stories rival sci-fi, but who’s really behind all the buzz?

Give credit to the automobile industry for revving up our expectations about driverless cars. Dealerships don’t have showroom models yet, but they’re counting on corporate marketing to keep us excited. Ten years from now, today’s amazing automated innovations will probably seem as ordinary as center stripes on the highway.

Online Game Changers

Did you pick up quality auto parts online last year? Do you have favorite shopping sites for tools, clothes or clocks? If you purchased anything off the Internet, you helped contribute to more than $340 billion in online sales. That number is even more impressive when you consider that it represents a 14 percent increase over 2014 figures.

Would you buy a car online? That question is even more amazing when you realize that it’s possible. Sites like Carvana and Beepi are putting a big dent in the traditional used-car game. For shoppers who don’t like haggling and don’t mind not kicking the tires, these online outlets are a big draw away from traditional dealerships.

A Little Legal Limbo

The laws vary from state to state, but generally they restrict online sites from offering new cars. The services are supposed to act as middlemen between sellers and buyers, but auto dealerships in California filed a lawsuit last year that exposes numerous shades of gray in the industry. Regardless of how the suit is settled, it shines a bright light into a corner of the Internet that storefront car dealerships can’t afford to ignore.

Most dealer franchise laws prohibit manufacturers from selling cars directly to you. That’s where the dealership fits in, but online sales add a currently undetermined dimension to car sales. There are third-party sites that direct customers to brick-and-mortar locations, and then there’s Tesla Motors. The company only sells through its own storefronts and bypasses the dealership model altogether. Competition is tough online, down the street and in the courts.

Staying On Top and Ahead

Do a quick search for car dealerships in your area, and take a look at their online offerings. Whether it’s a local sales operation or part of a national brand, the company knows that it has to stay on top of technology to win your business. You can price different models, post your contact information and get a call back from a company’s Internet Sales Division in just a few minutes.

Auto dealerships get it. Their own industry studies indicate that more than 80 percent of consumers start their car-buying experience with an Internet search. That means you can line up a test drive online, shop around for negotiation-free pricing and still avoid dealing with salesmen. Keeping you happy keeps dealerships ahead of the game.

Riding Into the Future

The industry is getting better at navigating curves on the digital highways. They reach out to you through company websites and stay in touch with social media while they tweak online sales strategies.

Marketing, negotiating and delivery systems will certainly be modified, but the sale will always come down to two people. Whether they seal the deal with a handshake on the showroom floor or through the email box remains to be seen. It will probably be a little bit of both, but just like that earlier switch from legs to wheels, changes will happen, and smart car dealerships will ride them into the future.

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Redlining the Porsche Cayman GTS

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Redlining the Porsche Cayman GTS

Even the stripped-out, diamond-hard 2011 Cayman R made do with 11bhp and 7lb ft less than this, and took four tenths longer to hit 62mph. None of which really helps classify this wonderful introduction, because despite all that, the Cayman GTS isn’t a replacement for the old ‘R

Over and above ‘S’ specification, the GTS adds 20in alloy wheels, a retuned PASM adaptively damped suspension setup with 10mm taken out of the normal ride height, Porsche’s Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts, sports seats ‘plus’, bi-xenon cornering headlights, a sports exhaust, special bumper styling, a new rear spoiler and a sportier-looking steering wheel.

For that, as well as the revisions to the cylinder head that produces the additional 15bhp and 7lb ft of torque, Porsche charges a premium of just under 10 grand. But add as much of that as possible as optional kit on a Cayman S and you’ll end up within just $1200 of the Cayman GTS’ price anyway.

You’ll value quality over quantity of performance to justify spending 81k on a Cayman – but that’s all part of the appeal. This is, after all,BMW M4 money – and the BMW is half-a-second quicker to 62mph, and probably quicker still in real-world conditions thanks to all that twin-turbocharged torque.

The car isn’t breathtakingly quick, but every bit as fast as a sports car intended to be driven on the road in 2016 needs to be – and rowing your way up and down the box for sharper corners and overtakes only makes the driving experience more vivid.

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Monster Chevy Colorado 24 Inch Wheels

OEM 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels and tires are available in two distinct spoke designs. The replica 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels and tires come in wheels and rims size of 24 inches with rim width of 10 inches. The six hole bolt pattern has a center hole of 78.1. The offset is 30 millimeters. The factory 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels and tires have six Y shaped spokes.

This stock 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels and tires can also be fitted to other Chevy models such as the Silverado, Avalanche, Tahoe, and Suburban. The second 24 inch wheels and rims has seven spokes. The offset for this model is 31 millimeters.

While the chrome 24 inch Chevy Colorado wheels and tires are designed to fit the Chevy Colorado perfectly, vehicles with larger brakes and other feature upgrades might require spacers that cost more. The wheel and rim package comes with factory mounted and balanced tires if needed. The wheels and rims are guaranteed to fit and if they do not, USARim will pick them up and replace them free of cost.

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Gorgeous Chevy Suburban 24 Inch Wheels

The OEM 24 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires come with a rim width of 10 inches. These replica 24 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires can have either a 30 or 31 millimeter offset. The factory 24 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires can either have six Y shaped spokes or seven spokes.

The stock 24 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires combination is available with factory mounted and balanced tires for on road use. The chrome 24 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires are designed to fit other Chevy trucks such as the Tahoe, Avalanche, Colorado, and Silverado.

These wheels and rims come with a fitment guarantee that ensures that they will be replaced if they do not fit the Chevy Suburban. Each model of wheel and rim comes in a set of four with four generic center caps.

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Alluring Chevy Suburban 20 Inch Wheels

The OEM 20 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires come in different finishes and spoke styles. The replica 20 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires come in black, black chrome, chrome, gunmetal, machine faced, polished, silver, and satin black with chrome insert finishes.

The factory 20 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires can have rim widths of 8.5 or 9 inches. The stock 20 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires can have seven V shaped spokes, eight solid parallel spokes, five solid spokes, six Y shaped spokes, or seven spokes. All the chrome 20 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires have a six hole bolt pattern.

The wheels and rims can be factory mounted and balanced with tires if required. These wheel and rim sets of four are shipped with four center caps. Most of the wheels and rims can also be fitted to other Chevy trucks such as the Colorado, Tahoe, Silverado, and Avalanche.

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Solid Chevy Suburban 22 Inch Wheels

The OEM 22 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires come with a six hole bolt pattern. The replica 22 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires can be finished in black, chrome, black chrome, gunmetal, machine face, polished, silver, and satin black with chrome insets. The factory 22 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires come with a 9 inch rim width.

These stock 22 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires have different spoke patterns such as seven parallel solid spokes, seven V shaped spokes, eight parallel solid spokes, different styles of five solid spokes, six Y shaped spokes, and more.

The chrome 22 inch Chevy Suburban wheels and tires can also be factory mounted with tires and balanced for on road usage. These wheels and rims come with a fitment guarantee that ensures that USARim will replace any wheels that do not fit. The wheel and rim also fits other Chevy trucks such as the Silverado, Colorado, Tahoe, and Avalanche.

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Outstanding GMC Sierra 20 Inch Wheels

The OEM 20 inch Sierra wheels and tires from USARim come in various finishes such as black, black machined, chrome, chrome with black machined insets, platinum, and matte black. The replica 20 inch Sierra wheels and tires can either have an 8.5 inch rim width or a 9 inch rim width. The factory 20 inch Sierra wheels and tires can also come mounted with tires that are balanced for on-road usage.

The stock 20 inch Sierra wheels and tires have a six hole bolt pattern. The chrome 20 inch Sierra wheels and tires can have many different spoke patterns including seven V shaped spokes, eight solid parallel spokes, six solid spokes, six Y shaped spokes, five solid spokes, six V shaped spokes, or seven solid spokes. All the wheels and rims for the Sierra come with a lifetime warranty. Besides, USARim offers a fitment guarantee for the OEM wheel and rim.

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Superlative GMC Sierra 24 Inch Wheels

The OEM 24 inch Sierra wheels and tires come in three different styles from USARim. The replica 24 inch Sierra wheels and tires can either be black finished with seven V shaped spokes, or have a chrome finish with eight solid parallel spokes, or seven spokes in chrome finish. All factory 24 inch Sierra wheels and tires have a rim width of 10 inches.

The stock 24 inch Sierra wheels and tires can come with factory mounted tires that are balanced for on road use. The chrome 24 inch Sierra wheels and tires are designed to make the GMC Sierra stand out in a crowd. The wheels and rims come with a fitment guarantee. Besides, USARim offers a lifetime warranty for the wheel and rim.

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Prolific  Porsche Boxter 19 Inch Wheels

The OEM 19 inch Porsche Boxter wheels and tires can be finished in either black or chrome. The replica 19 inch Porsche Boxter wheels and tires can come in various styles such as the black mesh wheels, the deep dish chrome lip, and so on. The factory 19 inch Porsche Boxter wheels and tires can have a rim width of either 10, 9.5, or 8.5 inches depending on the model.

The stock 19 inch Porsche Boxter wheels and tires all have a five hole bolt pattern. The chrome 19 inch Porsche Boxter wheels and tires ship in sets of four. All of the USARim wheels and rims come with a fitment guarantee. In addition, the wheel and rim set comes with a lifetime warranty and it is difficult to beat that.

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