In many states, such as California there are rules which are different in the motor vehicle code for those folks that own old classic cars. This is because they may not always be able to meet the smog requirements since cars back in those days didn’t have all the new sophisticated environmental controls and systems. Because there are these classic car laws, many folks who have older vehicles will keep them for longer as they are able to bypass some of the restrictions, regulations, and rules for operating a motor vehicle. Okay so, I’d like to talk to you about this for second if I might.
As a classic car enthusiast, I often read the classified ads to see if someone has something for sale that might be up my alley. Interestingly enough, more and more, I see the word “classic” or the phrases; classic car or classic automobile. Still, just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s a classic, and there are a lot of old cars that people don’t collect, perhaps because there were so many build, and even in their own day, they were nothing to write home about, they were your basic point A to point B car.
Let me give you an example. After Chrysler was bailed out by the US government, they started building those “K-Cars” and really, with the engine going sideways, and a giant rubber band running the automobile they were a maintenance nightmare, so I’m actually surprised any of these cars are running. They remind me as far as auto maintenance is concerned to be very similar to those old Yugo’s which were also known as the throw away car. You drive them until they break, and then you throw them away because you can’t get the parts, and they aren’t worth fixing anyway. You remember the old quip; Yugo - Yah, “you go” nowhere fast!”
Okay so, back to the classic car comment. In our local newspaper someone was advertising one of these old “K-Cars” it was a little station wagon model, and their ad read; “perfect classic car project, slight body damage, old classic Chrysler Classic K-Car,” and I thought to myself you have to be kidding me? Someone is really trying to pass that off as a classic car, just because it’s old now? I hate to break the news to the gentleman who is trying to sell that car, but it was junk the day it was made, why would anyone want to restore it?
Either that individual is completely ignorant about classic cars, or he is trying to pull a fast one over on a naïve buyer. In fact, I would submit to you that he spent more on the ad then that car is worth. By the time you pay the toll fees to the junkyard, you probably couldn’t even get your money back for recycling it. Indeed I hope you will please consider all of this think on it.
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