Fancy a change in wheels? Planning on selling your classic to potentially buy that ‘dream machine’? C&SC can help! Our stand at this year’s Classic Motor Show at Birmingham's NEC (11-13 November) will be devoted to arming you with both the tools and knowledge to buy and sell classic cars, with computers on-site, so that you can upload a classified advertisement (free of charge) directly on to www.classicandsportscar.com. You’ll also get advice on buying a car from one of the country’s leading classic car consultants.C&SC will be on hand to help you create a customised advert to sell your classic on our site, and Classic Assessments’ Brian Page will be holding a 45-minute lecture each day on what to look for when assessing a potential purchase.
From how to interpret an advertisement and what questions to ask the seller over the phone before you set off, to checking the paperwork and conducting a thorough assessment of the car’s condition, Page will cover every stage of the buying process.“I’ll be pointing out what to look for on all types of classics – whether they’re glassfibre, of separate-chassis construction or steel monocoques – and all areas: body, interior, engine and suspension,” explains Page, who will also give tips on verifying the quality of any restoration work.
“Most classics have had some level of restoration, so it’s important to know how to identify what’s been done and how well,” adds Page. He intends to arm C&SC readers with tips on what’s involved in bringing a car up to standard, too: “I’ll cover the costs of repairing versus retrimming upholstery, refinishing brightwork and rebuilding an engine so that readers know what kind of costs they’re in for.”And Page’s advice won’t just be theoretical: he will be examining two cars that C&SC plans to have on the stand as part of a step-by-step explanation so you’ll get to see what he’s looking for and how to discover any problems. Importantly, Page’s words of wisdom will cover a range of classics and he will be happy to take questions afterwards. Best of all, the sessions are free, all you have to do is turn up on the C&SC stand each afternoon (times to be confirmed) and be ready to learn!The C&SC editorial team will also be on hand at set times to meet readers – look out for the board on the stand to see who will be there and when.
For more on the show see Classic Motor Show.