How to buy used cars online for restoration

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Nowadays, car restoration is more than just a spare time hobby. To the right person or company it can be big business. The downside of this is that older vehicles for restoration simply aren’t as plentiful as they once were. Twenty years ago a Ford Cortina from the 1970’s in good condition might have fetched £300. Now, they are branded as a “classic” meaning that even rusting jalopies are worth more than a £1000.

Now before you despair its not all bad news. The main question is, what sort of car are you after. Do you have a make and model in mind? If you do your halfway there. One of the most popular online sites for vehicles has to be http://www.ebay.co.uk . Putting in the vehicle name or model will invariably yield results. Simply going onto ebay and typing “project” or “restoration” in the cars,motorcycles and vehicles section can provide hours of happy browsing. One word of warning though, many “restoration” projects may be for sale for dubious reasons, ie. unfixable, spares impossible to find or financially a money pit. Also viewing prior to buying is a must, sometimes the picture on the website bears no resemblance to the vehicle offered…

Another site worth a look is www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk. Though many of the cars are restored to some degree there are still bargains to be had. Unlike ebay where you have to pay the price agreed on, there is some room for tyre kicking once you go to look at your future pride and joy.

Half of the fun of buying cars online for restoration has to be the chance of something really special being available just when your looking. The downside is other people may be looking as well so if you see your dream car, don’t hesitate. Contact the buyer and arrange a viewing. Just remember keep your wits about you when you do…