Appraising your own classic car can be tricky and considering you want the most from your investment, you may want to improve the value by restoring it. It’s important that you take the time and care needed to restore the beauty that once was. If you don’t completely know what you are doing, you can very easily decrease the value or even worse, damage your vehicle. Although this isn’t a complete list, here are a few things to consider if you want to increase the value of your classic car:
Use matching numbers. In the classic car world, the most prize possession is not only a flawless car but one that is equipped with all of its original factory parts. If the vehicles major parts, including the engine, transmission, and rear axle and sometimes the alternator, carburetor, distributor, water pump and cylinder heads, match the original parts numbers, then this means that your numbers are matching. Any time you need to repair or replace any of the parts on your car, you should replace them with the parts from the same year, make and model to help preserve the value of your investment.
Whether it’s burning down the quiet roads outside of Canton or rumbling through your neighborhood, We at Ohio Corvettes and Muscle Cars know it’s all about power. There’s a reason we don’t sell other used cars. We like power too. Do you wonder how your classic car holds up to the top speeds of these new muscle cars?
We found this incredibly informative infographic on Pintrest made by the folks at graphs.net. Check it out and see if your classic beauty could keep up.
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It may surprise you to hear, but even with the many auto alarms systems available a motor vehicle is stolen every 33 seconds in the United States. That’s according to an infographic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which also states that 72% of all motor vehicles reported stolen are passenger cars. Yep, regular boring passenger cars, not amazing sports cars or high line coupes like you would imagine would be on the top of thieves’ wish lists. At least that is good news for the classic car enthusiast, unless there is a real life scenario that plays out like Gone in Sixty Seconds.
This infographic has a couple of interesting tidbits about vehicle theft in the U.S., including the top 10 states and cities for car theft. You may be relieved to see that Ohio was not mentioned, however, that doesn’t mean that car theft isn’t an issue. Luckily, this infographic also provides a few tips on how to prevent your car from being stolen. Do yourself a favor, and always lock your doors and take your keys – most thieves are opportunists. Be sure to check it out to learn how to best protect your car from theft.
The definition for a muscle cars is essentially any vehicle of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupe with powerful engines designed for high performance driving. Most muscle cars were sold at an affordable price and were intended mainly for street use or the occasional drag racing. Ohio Corvettes and Muscle Cars extensive inventory attracts the biggest muscle car fans, both as customers and employees.
We were doing some research online to come up with America’s Top 10 Classic Muscle Cars, and we came across this video on YouTube. They’ve selected almost all our favorites. Let us know if you think they’ve missed one an obvious classic choice.
Many of us consider our vehicles to be a prized possession, so when you find a scratch on your car it can be infuriating! Even if it may have been your fault from some careless backing. Odds are a scratch is a unsightly blemish that you want removed as soon as possible. There is good news, you can remove the scratch, if it isn’t too deep, with just a little elbow grease and a few supplies. We will walk you through the step of fixing minor scratches on your car.
There are many scratch removal systems available online or in stores, while we don’t have a preference we recommend reading reviews before purchasing a kit. Remember, if the scratch goes through to the primer, you will need to take some additional steps and find the exact match paint for your vehicle. Luckily, you can easily find the exact color you may need online.
You’ll see lots of commercials out there telling you to take 15 minutes to get a new car insurance quote, you can’t find one that says what if taken into account to give you that quote. We did find this handy infographic (courtesy of www.car-insurance.com) that goes into more detail about what factors determine how much you pay. Though no one know the exact formula that determines your insurance costs, they have made some educational guesses here. Did you know that insurance companies have their own “insurance score” similar to your credit score? They also take into account many things unrelated to driving, like your job and credit rating.
After your peruse this graphic, you’ll have a better idea about what affects your insurance costs.
If you’ve been following our blog, you have probably already read our first entry on A Brief History of the Chevrolet Corvette. In this blog, we will continue with the Fourth Generation Corvette which debuted in 1983.
Fourth Generation – C4 (1983-1996)
The first redesign in 20 years brought us the Fourth Generation Corvette, however quality issues and part delays resulted in only 43 prototypes for the year. All of the 1983 prototypes were eventually destroyed or serialized to 1984, save one which is now on public display at the National Corvette Museum in Blowing Green, Kentucky. The 1984 model had a slightly more powerful “Crossfire” V8 engine, and a new chassis featuring aluminum brake calipers and an all-aluminum suspension. Beginning in 1985, the standard Corvette engine changed to the 230 bhp L98 engine with tuned port fuel injection. In 1986, the second Corvette Indy Pace Car was released; it was a bright yellow convertible that sported a 3rd brake light. All 1986 convertibles came with an Indy 500 emblem mounted on the console. In 1988 the 35th Anniversary Edition Corvette made it’s debute, this model included a special badge next to the gear selector. continue reading…
We’ve had a lot of interest in our classic Corvettes, so we’ve decided to revisit the history of the Corvette. Since it spans 60 years there is a lot of history to cover, so we’ve decided to break into a two-part blog. The first post will cover the first 29 years and the second post will cover the later years.
The Corvette first debuted at the 1953 GM Motorama as a convertible concept show car. It was named after a type of small maneuverable warship called the corvette. The Corvette is one of the longest surviving models in automotive history, it is truly an American classic. There have been 7 generations of Corvettes over a period of 60 years.
First Generation – C1 (1953-1962)
The first generation was introduced late in 1953 and was often referred to as the “solid-axle” model. The Corvette’s notorious independent rear suspension didn’t debut until the second generation in 1963. The 1953 models boasted a 150 horsepower “Blue Flame” inline six-cylinder engine and originally were only available in Polo White. While the first generation Corvette lasted for 10 years, it received several face lifts over that time. continue reading…
Replacing your brakes is an unavoidable chore of vehicle ownership. It’s one of the parts of your car designed to wear out and be replaced. While we all know it’s looming in the future, sometimes it’s hard to identify when your brakes are on their way out. That’s why we’ve come up with 6 signs that your brakes need attention.
Dashboard Brake Warning Lights
If you have a newer model vehicle and the brake warning light on your dashboard lights up, you will definitely have brake problems. The usual cause for the dashboard warning light will be low brake fluid. It could be that fluid is low or there might be a leak in the line. We you take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. We can’t emphasize strongly enough that brake problems have to be addressed immediately. continue reading…
There is a lot that goes into maintaining the look of your car, proper storage and cautious driving are part of it. Another important factor is ensuring that you are washing your car correctly. To keep that pristine condition, you must wash your car with the same care professionals do. Don’t think that means you need to run out and buy a pressure washer, this detail oriented car wash isn’t very high tech, but the results are great.
A detailed washing requires a few tools of the trade. Be sure to pick up these supplies prior to washing your vehicle: