How to Determine the Value of Your Classic Car

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For a classic car collector, it’s important to know the value of each car they own. However, since most collectors only collect certain make and model of cars, finding this information can be difficult. Collecting classic cars can be a lot of fun and even more rewarding when you know what the market values are of the various makes and models of cars you own. Learning about the history of the cars as well as how they were made, along with the parts used in their manufacture is one way to determine the value of your classic.

Current Market Value

Most collector cars’ current market value is determined by knowing current asking and selling prices for the vehicles available in stock at any given time, by determining current supply and demand or by having an understanding of historical trade rates for similar automobiles. In terms of classic cars, approximately 70% of all classic and antique vehicles trade hands through public sales, 20% trade hands through auctions and ten per cent go through antique auto dealers.


The Internet has revolutionized the collecting of rare cars and collectors have turned to the Internet as the best way to do their research regarding the collectable classics car dealers in their area. Collectors can find a wide range of information by visiting classic car collector guides.

You will also be able to access the information contained in these guides from antique auto dealer websites. Many of these classic auto dealers and other automobile clubs have a huge collection of antique cars and also offer online auctions for classic cars. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information that is available in a classic car collector guide. One of the best ways to learn about classic car values is to purchase the guide and read it over, especially if it has an extensive section on how the cars were manufactured and what parts they used.

While many antique car dealers do not list their inventory on their websites, some do. You can search online to determine the value of your car in the category of make and model by entering a few simple details such as the year, make, model and the year in which it was manufactured.

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Important Aspects

There are several different aspects to take into consideration when figuring out the classic car value. Some people may only consider the mechanical or appearance value, while others will include the safety features and safety ratings.

Even though you may think the cost of repairs and maintenance are the most important factors when determining the value of your classic, it is essential to remember that you are paying for the vehicle you own as well as the enjoyment of other antique auto collectors. Your car may be worthless now, but the classic collector value you put on it will probably always be higher in the eyes of antique auto collectors.

If you do your research properly and carefully inspect the vehicle, you should be able to determine the value of your classic within a reasonable price range. Since most antique car values are subject to change from time to time, you may be surprised to discover that the value of your car can decrease significantly after a couple of years. The most important thing to keep in mind is to purchase a vintage car guide which gives you a clear picture of your vehicle’s value and then keep a close eye on the value over the next few years.


Collectors can locate vintage car guides from antique car dealers, antique car auction websites, antique car magazines, and through antique auto history books. Although you can never be sure, you should be aware that many of these guides are updated annually so that you can easily determine what the current values are.

When purchasing a classic car guide, you will want to look for one that includes information on what type of fuel it was designed with. You should also examine the interior, floorboards and doors. Make sure it has a complete description of the car’s condition. You may also want to find a guide that includes a complete list of the car’s make and model.

If you find a classic car guide that has all of this information, you will know exactly how much your classic car is worth. This will allow you to get a good price quote on your classic car.