How to Estimate the Value of Classic Cars

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How to Estimate the Value of Classic Cars

Estimating the value of a classic car can be quite the challenge, especially if you have never done it before. There are a variety of factors that can affect its value, including ever-changing market trends and location. However, there are some steps you can take that will allow being able to estimate its value as accurately as possible. Check out the following:

Gauge Its Popularity Level

Certain classic cars age better than others in terms of holding on to their value and not depreciating as fast. The reason is that some classic cars simply have an allure and appeal that allows their value to remain high. Of course, this allure and appeal is completely subjective in nature, meaning that there isn’t really a rhyme or reason for why certain makes and models are valued higher than others.

Determine Its Level of Quality

You want to be able to try and determine the car’s quality. Check to see how expensive it was when it was first put on the market. Some of the things that classic car collectors look for is to determine the quality of workmanship if the car is crafted well, if it contains materials that are of a high quality, and if the car has been well-maintained.


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Examine the Condition of the Car

One of the main elements that can determine the value of a classic car is whether or not it is in working condition. If the classic car has suffered from damage and subsequent repairs, the value will naturally decrease. If it requires some level of restoration, that will also affect it. Quite simply, the better maintained the car has been since its original release date, the better its value will be and the higher price you can command for it on the market.

While the closer a classic car is to its original condition, the higher its value will be, a good restoration can do wonders for its value. If the restoration has been flawlessly performed, it is possible for the car’s value to be quite close to the maximum amount. On the other hand, if the restoration was performed poorly, that will have an adverse effect on its value 

Mileage Is Not Important

Unlike selling a used vehicle, mileage is not as important if you’re selling a classic car. Many of the restoration processes that they undergo often lead to the mileage being reset anyway, which is why it’s not often considered. Plus, buying a classic car means having an understanding that it has been used before considerably, given its age.

Check Out the NADA Appraisal Guide

The NADA appraisal guide, located at www.nadaguides.com, is one of the most used sources for determining the value of a classic car.

A classic car is a beautiful thing. Follow the above steps and you should be able to gain a rough idea of its value. If all else fails, you can always have it professionally appraised.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, Inc., including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

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