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Should you have a mechanic inspect a classic car before making a purchase?

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It is best to have an independent mechanic examine a classic car prior to purchasing it to ensure that there are no mechanical or structural issues with the car. The cost of repairing classic cars can be very high due to the limited availability of parts and extra labor required.

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Should you have a mechanic inspect a classic car before making a purchase?
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Understanding the full condition of a classic car is important to ensuring that one gets the most for her money during any transaction. A potential buyer should always ask the seller to provide service records and documentation to show that the car is free of issues. In some cases, this is not possible, because certain models of older cars are exempt from modern inspection laws. If this is the case, the buyer should contract a third party to inspect the vehicle for any issues.

Purchasing a classic car that needs work can become very expensive, as older cars use parts that are often no longer manufactured or are only made in limited quantities. While many stores and websites sell used parts for classic cars, specific parts can still be difficult to locate. Some cars also require specialized mechanics to complete repairs, due to older and more complicated system configurations differing from modern cars.

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