Any REPUTABLE Classic car dealers online ?

toymaker

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Ok - so just curious - anyone point me in the direction of a reputable online dealer in classics?

I’m debating the idea of just buying what I’ve wanted for a while as my “backup” truck for the farm and skipping the used truck insanity. I mean - if I’m putting over 5k - and pushing 10-12k into something - I’d rather just put a few more thousand more into a decently done ‘74-79 square body Chevy truck and know that anything that goes wrong can be fixed and at a semi reasonable cost.

Of course online is the absolute jungle - especially when your dealing with 40+ year old vehicles. People can and will lie their asses off about things like condition. I’d like to find a decent dealer - but again - the few that specialize in this stuff either have conflicting reviews or are just “consignment” sites taking a fee for connecting buyer/seller.

Since I don’t have the time/budget to fly around the country looking at vehicles and wasting my time with dreamers who cannot realistically value their vehicles - thought I’d try a dealer to see if I have any luck.

Looking at Gateway Classsic Cars - seems to be a mixed bag of reviews with most of the negative being sellers pissed at their commissions. Obviously- if they did find something I seriously liked with them I’d either arrange to inspect in person before any final sales agreement is signed and/or find a reputable party to inspect it at their lot and report back. Expecting the dealer to find and disclose all defects is a recipe for disaster.

They at least give an appearance that they do some inspection before listing anything. Again - they make nothing more than the $300 listing fee if they reject a car - but suspect they at least try to avoid big issues and upset buyers.

Anyone else out there that’s worth consulting ? I know - hit up the shows - but again - online covers so much more ground quicker. And the market is stupid crazy the last few years.

And if you happen to have a truck in nice shape that meets the qualifications- lmk. Would love one in blue - but I’m open. Got to try to find the photo of my grandfathers with me/grandad and dad in front of it for reference. It’s weird - dad/grandad had basically the same truck (‘77and a ‘76 respectively I think) - dad replaced his with a pimped out “79 a few years later - that one the neighbor still has all these years later. Nostalgia ain’t cheap I know - but hey - can’t take it with you when you kick off.
 

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Volo Auto Museum in Volo Illinois, not a cheap option.

There's another one just south of there on route 12, a couple miles or so. i forget the name, but they have very nice stuff. there's also the place in TX that's all over craigslist, never dealt with them though.
 

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I second Volo. Just sold a car with them on consignment. Jay is a great guy.
 

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Not sure if the USA got this show.

Minder, 80’s comedy / drama. Chief protagonist was a dodgy car dealer, named Authur Daley.
 

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Will check them out

At this point it’s just preliminary - but I’d rather dump 30-35k in something that properly maintained will hold value than dump 10k in a “project” that cost me another 25k to make into a 15k project for the next guy when I give up.

Prices are just stupid these days for trucks - relative to where they were a few years ago.

As with any classic though - the nicer stuff will always appreciate faster.
 

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Looking at Showdown - kinda digging that Yenko tribute truck they have - different and kind of a conversation piece for those of us who will never be able to afford a “real” Yenko in our lives.

I know at this point in my life I have no need for a damn muscle car - young man’s game. Just would like to be able to sit back in my old age and look over my garage and shed with a few nice older trucks and tractors that make me smile and still being people around every now and then to look at them and BS for a bit.

Might as well enjoy having the free cash flow and get these things now. Never know what tomorrow brings or what prices will do.
 

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the search is a lot of fun, good luck.
 

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