How to pick a British Sports Car- Part Two
OK, so now you what you’re looking for, you know how much you can afford to spend, and you’ve cleared it with your wife. So off to find the car you go.
My first words of caution is “don’t buy the first car you come across”. You may end up buying this car, but you need to look around. Patience is something you really need to work on right now. There are going to be several cars to look at, and your criteria may change as you look at what’s out there in regards to what you want.
Best place to start looking is “Craigslist”. First, starting looking in your area. If there aren’t any cars, then expand your circle to the neighboring cities that have a specific craigslist site. Even if you have to go to an area 500 miles away, at least if you find something you are interested in, you can drive there and look at it. Some of the positives of using this site is that you are usually dealing with the owner of the car. This can be very important as they usually know the most about the car and what it needs. If you are lucky, you might be dealing with the original owner or even the second owner, this is where you want to get as much history on the car as you can. Another thing is that you can negotiate with the seller directly. This can be a big advantage, especially if they have listed the car for awhile and they need to sell it. Watch the adds on Craigslist regularly, if a car has been listed for several weeks, that might be a candidate to do some negotiating with.
Another place you can look, and it seems to be the most popular, is Ebay. We strongly recommend that you are very very cautious when dealing with this site. Out of more than a dozen cars we have serviced or repaired that have been purchased on Ebay, only two have actually been as they were represented. The most important thing here, is that have to, and I stress HAVE TO, be able to physically inspect the car, or have someone you trust inspect it for you. You are spending a lot of money here, and you do not want to buy a car unless you are sure you know what you are buying. The other thing about this site, is that you are always under pressure to make your buying decision within a few short days. This is not being patient. If you have exhausted all the other avenues in trying to find a car, or if you know this is the car you want, then go for it.
You need to spend some time on-line looking at other sites. There are dealers such as us, who have cars either on-site, or have customers who want to sell their cars. There are the specific car clubs who’s websites often times list club members cars for sale. All of these are worth following up on, because you are usually dealing with the owner, and that is the situation you want to try to get into.
The most important part of “Step Two” is to be patient and look around for the car you want. As I said earlier, your criteria may change as your search goes on, but you will find the car you are looking for and you are going to have a blast owning it.
Enjoy the ride!!!