Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Antique And Vintage Cars

Antique And Vintage Cars And Their Allure

By Robin Shortt

Generally speaking, antique cars are those that are at least 25 years of age. The costs of insurance policies for antique cars are also very low and tend to vary between $100 and $250 per year to meet minimum legal requirements.

These cars are usually viewed at car shows because most are not driven around anymore. Vintage cars are typically exposed to such light service that they are not expected to have any valve seat problems.

Classic cars are generally considered to be high-quality vehicles from the pre-World War II era. Unrestored original antique cars are extremely hard to fine, especially the low-production ones. I've been told that these cars are hard to find and when you do find one the price is out of this world.

Many run of the mill antique cars are worth a lot less then its street rodded sister. These older cars are seldom suited to long pre-touring runs and carrying them on trailers is a costly business.

The antique cars are always very busy during the summer and is one family ride that families like to take when they are in that part of the park. Vintage and antique cars are now fetching record prices at auction.

Most antique cars are owned by private collectors who don't advertise rentals, but in fact many of them are more than willing to provide the service. Collectors of these cars are ever eager to display the vehicle they have spent time and money refurbishing.

These classic cars are exempt from Personal Property Taxation. These cars are always a head turner anywhere in the world. Antique cars are more likely to be stolen.

These vintage cars are generally prided and kept in pristine condition. They are even more damage prone than regular cars and the worst part is that their repairs are costlier too.

What is more amazing is how owner's of these antique cars maintain their priceless vehicle. Restoring and driving these cars is not a sport for paupers though. The Ford Model T Pickup truck was the truck that began the great tradition of American pickups.

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Classic Auto Cars Restoration

Monday, July 30, 2007

Car Classic Insurance

Car Classic Insurance

Car Classic Insurance – What's The Criteria?
By Robin Shortt

A classic car is much like fine wine or cheese, it gets better with age. Of course your goes right along with that line of thinking. I sure won't dispute the fact that they just don't make cars like they used to. So finding the right car classic insurance for your dream car can be a difficult

You really need to shop around to find out what kind of deals are out there. Some companies have plan's that are just for classic cars or just for vintage cars.

They can be designed to compliment your existing auto insurance policy. Well then, choosing a plan for you will be as easy as determining whether your car is a true classic or a fine antique.

Of course most of these car owners feel their cars are classics. However a lot of insurance companies won't insure your classic vehicle unless it's between 15 and 30 years old. They are then considered a collectors item. They also can not have been modified in any way from that of the manufacturer’s original specifications.

Other things needed for the car to qualify for classic status. The vehicle must not have been driven for regular transportation. It must have been appraised in the past 5 years. Must have been given an up to date safety approval and photo. It also needs to be valued under $50,000.

As for antique vehicles, they follow the same criteria as the classic cars do, but have to be over 30 years old. Also these vehicles can only be driven in parades or at exhibitions. As well as it needs to have special historic value license plates.

Remember you can reduce your premiums by combining other insurance policies with your classic car one. Remember prices will vary so shop around. You have a fine classic or antique vehicle. You want to show it off. So contact an insurance broker who can find you the best car classic insurance plan for your classic car or antique vehicle that you need and can afford.

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Antique And Vintage Cars