Muscle Car Madness, Make Up Your Mind!

For some people choosing the right classic car is a difficult decision, besides with more than a century of vehicles to choose from and hundreds of brands and models, it’s easy to understand how difficult it is!

Research on your favorite muscle car is part of the process of choosing the vehicle of your dreams, for many people is their hobby. It’s their past time, a way to connect with people and you can even drive it where ever you go!

Oh, so many options! Which direction to go? For must car enthusiasts its a simple decision. Are you a “Chevy, Ford or Mopar guy”? For other people, they are looking for the “most bang for their buck”.

Muscle Car Madness, Make Up Your Mind!

If your looking for the most bang for the buck, you still have to factor in price, motor size, condition of vehicle, history and several other factors.

Is the condition of the vehicle in bad shape? Consider the costs involved if you want to restore it and remember vehicles, generally speaking, are never considered good investments.

If your not very particular on the year, make and model of the vehicle than deciding if you want a 2 door or 4 door, convertible or hard top, 6 cylinder or v8, manual or automatic are just some of the decisions that you have to keep in mind when searching for a classic ride.

When looking at classic vehicles probably the most important factor in determining how much it is worth is how rare it is. If only a handful were made, then its worth more money.

Another factor on determining price, amongst condition, is do all the numbers on the engine match the title and the chassis? If you don’t care about originality than you can save a lot of money.

Over the years Craigslist has become very popular for buying and selling vehicles. The best thing about Craigslist is that you can search nationwide or you can search at a local level and find something close to home.

Best advice, be patient. Patience pays. There’s nothing worse than buyers remorse after buying a classic car and seeing something else that you might like better. That can lead to costly decisions, in the end.

Once you buy something figure on sticking with it for awhile, and if you don’t plan on keeping, don’t spend much money on it!!

Your classic vehicle is waiting! Keep your eye’s and ears open and envision your dream car and it will materialize.…

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Common Auto Repair Ripoffs

According to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair, there are over 25,000 consumer complaints filed concerning fraudulent auto repair every year. Car owners lose an estimated $20 million annually on unnecessary car repairs. And while most shops are, in fact, honest, it’s easy to see how dishonest mechanics can take advantage of customers: most people know little or nothing about car repair. But to avoid falling victim to auto repair rip-offs, it’s good to know about the ones that are commonly used.

Common Auto Repair Ripoffs

False Estimates

This scam happens when mechanics give you a low initial repair estimate, only to hike up the costs when you come to pick up your vehicle after repairs have been done. The excuse for the extra costs will usually be that new problems were found during the work and they needed immediate fixing. Most people end up paying the hiked up price because they have no way of verifying the legitimacy of the mechanics’ claims. Get all estimates in writing and signed to avoid falling victim to this scheme.

Shady Highway Shops

Car shops located along the side of the road cater to car owners whose automobiles break down in the middle of the highway. They will sometimes charge exaggerated prices and bill you for extra repairs because they know that you’ll likely pay the extra money rather than get stranded in the middle of the highway.

Hook Deal Scams       

When auto shops advertise ultra low or free deals on oil changes or tire rotations, their plan is to get you in for the low-cost/free service and then convince you to purchase more expensive repair services based on the recommendations they come up with after inspecting your car. Dishonest mechanics will sometimes make up problems or cause them themselves in order to get your money. If a suggested repair doesn’t seem right, get a second opinion before agreeing to the job.

Unnecessary Part Replacements

Some mechanics will try to convince you that a part of your car needs immediate replacement, when in fact the part is not broken and works just fine. To avoid falling victim to this scam, always ask to see the part that supposedly needs replacing. If it doesn’t look broken, get a second opinion. And ask to keep the old part to make sure that a replacement was actually performed.…

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