Good classic car dealers are hard to find. There are many classic cars for sale and many classic car dealers but a good quality car from a reputable dealer is rarer and rarer in the market place today. Some of the establishments I have visited have just reminded me of used car dealers. They just tell the prospective buyer what he wants to hear so he will make a purchase.
I have been told to leave some establishments when making inquires about whether the VIN numbers match the engine and transmission. Some of them even acted insulted because I wanted to check the numbers personally. When I have tried is when I have been asked to leave.
These are places that sell Camaros such as Z28 models or Tempo’s and Hemi’s or GTO’s. To buy an original production muscle car is getting harder and harder. This is due to the time lapse since they were made. The last real production muscle car was produced in 1974. Since this year is 2009, that makes the newest one over 35 years old. That is a lot of time for an engine to give out and the owner to replace it with an economical choice or a rear-end to sheer a pin and need to be replaced. All of this needs to be considered.
Just keep it in mind when you go looking. Ask questions, lots of questions and if you see hesitation or irritation in the face of the salesman, then beware a scam might be protruded on you. You all know that a completely original car with all matching numbers increases the value of a classic car. The seller should point out any known differences and if they do not then perhaps they are the type of person that would try to hide other details from you.
Not all classic car dealers are just used car dealers just a lot of them so buy with caution.