Buying Or Selling A Model T?
The Model T is forever in vogue
The Ford Model T is one brand of car that is still revered by vintage car enthusiasts. While a lot of people cherish this car because of the sentimental memories attached to it, others simply want to be a part of history. However, before you buy or sell a Model T, there are some things you must know.
To start with, there are three categories of Model T: the “brass cars”; the “steel cars” and the “improved cars”. The first type was the first brand built between 1908 and 1916; the second category was a modified version, built between 1917 and 1925; while the third category was built between 1926 and 1927.
In what will seem an irony considering how cars are priced these days, the earlier versions of the Model T actually cost more than the later versions. While a “steel car” costs between $5000 and $13,000, a “brass car” costs about $17,000 and above.
You must also know that the differences between these cars are mostly in their external outlook and not their capacities. In terms of machine power, only little upgrades were made each time. Thus, you can just get the brand most pleasing to you, physically.
There are lots of benefits to buying the Model T and the major one is that it needs little visits to the mechanic. Most of the servicing the car requires can be done by owners. There is also large access to support from the internet, especially from the myriad of clubs, groups and forums created in support of Model T owners and enthusiasts.
Now, before you buy your Model T, here are a few things to note:
One, you need to ensure that the car is in good working condition. Start the engine, check the brakes, turn the wheels, and so on.
Two, you also need to check whether the car had been in an accident or not. This is important as Model Ts have been around for a very long time.
Three, know the conditions of the parts. This includes the upholstery, paint job, and other random parts of the car. You don’t want rusted wheels on your hand.
Four, ask for the last time the car was driven. Recently driven/used cars tend to be in better conditions than cars that have been abandoned for a while.
Knowing all of these and more will help you while negotiating the price. If you are not mechanically-inclined, go with someone who is. Make sure to get a good deal.
On the other hand, if you are the seller and not the buyer, there are also some things you must know before selling that Model T your grandfather or your great aunt gave you. Some of the things to know are:
Know how much the car is worth before inviting a buyer;
Present the car nicely;
Provide necessary details;
Advertise in as many places as possible and make yourself available to potential buyers.