Buying a classic? Don't get stitched-up By GREG MACLEMAN

Buying a classic? Don't get stitched-up By GREG MACLEMAN

Buying a car can be a nerve-wracking business. No one finds spending money easy, especially in times like these. It's doubly daunting if that money has been hard earned, and the car is the classic you’ve always promised yourself. So it’s important to feel that you’re not getting ripped off.

I’ve recently noticed an increasing number of cars advertised online which have mysteriously reappeared a week later with a higher price. Have these cars been bought, and sold on again? Probably not. I suspect greedy sellers are surprised by the interest they get and decide to hike the price up to make a few extra quid. It’s not just private sellers either; traders are also out to fill their boots and often target the same cars to different audiences, and at different prices.

Or, like your intrepid assembler of newsletters, you may arrive to see a car you’ve set your heart on only to be told that someone is viewing it the next day at a different, higher price. I’d set my heart on a mint 1997 Subaru Impreza and got hoodwinked into paying the higher price listed in an earlier advert for fear of missing out. I was a fool and coughed up, but you needn’t be. Before you call to view a car, run the phone number through an internet search engine. See what else is being sold to get the measure of the seller, and crucially, to see if it is advertised cheaper elsewhere. You’d be surprised how often it happens.

GREG MACLEMAN

Staff Writer

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