CLASSIC CARS - From Vintage to Modern Classics

ACQUIRING A CLASSIC CAR - THE RIGHT WAY

Acquiring a classic car for most people

should be a pleasurable experience largely based on sentiment and nostalgia.

Unlike purchasing a modern everyday vehicle

the classic car enthusiast has a very limited choice.

To the unsuspecting purchaser

the potential pitfalls of making an uninformed decision could lead to the acquisition of an unsuitable or badle restored vehicle.

Our Comprehensive Checklist

Documentation

  • Available documentation (V5) matches the vehicle identification numbers
  • Relevant proof of past refurbishment and repairs

Exterior Bodywork

  • Appraisal of current condition and appearance
  • Quality of past repairs and/or restoration work
  • Recommendations for future renovation requirements

Interior

  • Condition of upholstery and trim
  • Condition of carpets and where possible, floor and structural components
  • Dashboard
  • Roof lining
  • Window and door seals

Electrical

  • Dash panel lights
  • Exterior lighting
  • Wipers
  • Horn
  • Heater controls
  • Auxilliary equipment
  • Battery condition and charging system

Engine Bay

  • Corrosion
  • Fluid leaks
  • Engine block / core plug
  • Oil / coolant leaks
  • Radiator
  • Pressure cap
  • Hoses
  • Brake / engine cold start
  • Abnormal engine noise

Underside

  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Tyres
  • Brakes
  • Corrosion
  • Exhaust
  • Fuel system

Road Test

  • Engine performance
  • Clutch
  • Gearbox
  • Auto kickdown
  • Noise
  • Handling / road holding
  • Steering alignment
  • Overheating
  • Footbrake efficiency
  • Parking brake efficiency
  • Noise / vibration
  • Engineer's general overall opinion based on vehicle type, age and mileage


What we do

We provide one of the most comprehensive checklists available in the UK, covering up to 196 major checks on your vehicle with our Comprehensive Service.

Comprehensive Checklists