Find the value of vintage vehicles

You’ve got a set of wheels you have questions about. Maybe it’s that vintage beauty in your parents’ garage. Or maybe it’s that luxury roadster you need to trade in for something more practical. Happily, when it comes to having a sense of your auto’s value, our Savvy Specialists can put you in the driver’s seat.

HOW TO FIND THE VALUE OF VINTAGE VEHICLES

Once we've identified the manufacturer, age, model, and condition of the car, our Savvy Specialists complete a Quick Appraisal which includes research, stories and special features about it. We can also tell you more about the specific model, including a valuation analysis that includes what similar cars have sold for.


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ALL ABOUT COLLECTIBLE AUTOS

An auto’s price is determined by age, condition, original features and scarcity. Cars with historical importance—ones that pioneered new technology or were a game-changer in terms of style—can be collectible, especially if they are rare and beautiful. (Being good-looking is an advantage.) A racing history adds to a car's allure, as can association with a respected designer, racer or builder such as the likes of Raymond Loewy.

Prior celebrity ownership can also help, especially if the celeb was into autos in some way, like Paul Newman (who raced them) or Ralph Lauren (who loans them to museums) or Jay Leno (who just loves to collect them).

The vintage car (autos over 50 years old) or classic car category (autos at least 25 years old) is one thing. When it comes to newer autos, you run into depreciation, the leading bane of a car-owner’s existence. But while almost all cars depreciate, some depreciate less than others. In the luxury category, certain manufacturers’ vehicles hold their value better: Acura, Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Chevrolet (specifically, the Corvette).

MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR CAR

You know to keep any papers around pertaining to the car (which you probably already do for registration and insurance purposes). Store it in a garage – or, at the very least, under cover. Keep your car in good running order. Clean it regularly, inside and out. Wax exteriors and cream leather interiors. Change the oil and pump the breaks. And exercise it regularly – that is, drive it.

SELL CARS ONLINE

StuffSavvy can match you with Online Partners to get you the most value for the car you'd like to sell. This is a good option once you know the value you want to sell the item for.

FIND PLACES TO SELL USED CARS NEAR ME

After our Quick Appraisal, StuffSavvy can also match you with local consignment shops and auction houses. This is the best option if you want to work with additional Specialists to maximize the resale value of your car.