What are some tips for buying a Chevrolet El Camino?


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Tips when buying a used, classic Chevrolet El Camino include to purchase a model with bed trim moldings and fasteners intact. Also check typical locations for rust and ensure that glass is not damaged, broken, curved or faded. General tips for buying used classic cars include taking a test drive and hiring a vintage car authority to inspect the car. Additionally, ask for maintenance records and owner history.

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El Camino bed trim moldings cost around $3000, as of 2015, to replace plus restoration fees. It is more beneficial to purchase a model with bed trim moldings included, even if the price is higher. Missing fasteners also cost between $200 and $500 to replace for top trim levels.

Check car locations such as the rear quarters, fenders, rockers, drip rails and windows for signs of rust. Look in the truck bed of 1959 to 1977 models for the access panel. The panel is primarily used to block off where the rear seat would have been. Open the panel and check for rust around the floor and back wall. Water often leaks through the access panel.

During the test drive, listen to the engine for irregularities. Drive a short distance and test the brakes. Analyze how the car accelerates in each gear, and check if the vehicle changes gears smoothly. Check under the hood for any obvious issues, or hire a mechanic to do it.

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