Who wouldn’t want to own a Porsche 550 ‘James Dean’ Spyder, one of 4 Ferrari 330 P4’s, or a Jag C-type that recently sold at auction for close to $9 million?  Anyone with extra garage space, significant discretionary income and outstanding timing can buy one.  For the rest of us, there are replica cars to give us a taste of what it is like to own one of these ultra-rare cars.

Everyone has a story of how they bought a classic car. Some are of them are entertaining, "So I met a one-eye shifty guy behind an abandoned steel mill in the middle of Indiana…" Other stories are mundane, "I went to the dealer, paid him, and drove it home." Most people like a good story, but everyone wants an excellent deal.

You found a great classic car for sale online. Before you drive out for a test drive, or worse, get in a plane and fly across the country to kick the tires, do an in-depth phone call with the seller to figure out if it is worth your time for an in-person visit.

A teenage boy walks a Friday night car show. He comes across two Chevy Chevelles. They are identical in all aspects; 396 engine, cranberry red exterior, 4 speed manual trans, black interior, and in cream puff condition. The boy sizes up each car as the owner of both cars says, "which one is worth more?"

Classic cars are expensive. The ones that look actually good and run well cost even more. Not every has tens of thousands of dollars in their mattress for their classic, but there is financing available for those who need their classic car.

This is part of a three part series on buying your next classic car. This article focuses on dealer transactions. Check out the prior article on buying a car from a private party and auction house here.

With summer over, it is time to put your toy away for winter. Many people think that you just park the car in the fall and return in the spring to start it up as if it had been parked for a long weekend. If only life were that easy. Cars are meant to be driven and classics are no different than any other car, so winter storage requires some special attention. We are going talk you through the steps to winterize your car.

"Do I hear $25 grand?", "I see 25, what about 30?" There are multiple bidders raising paddles while assistants jostle the room for more action at the auction. As the price increases, bidders drop out. A new bidder steps into the picture.

You see the shiny, pristine classic cars crossing the auction block selling at multiples of what the car cost when it was new and you say to yourself, "I wish I would have bought a couple of those when I had the chance." Seems like another good hindsight plan that worked out perfectly…

Some people have more fun looking for their classic car than actually driving it.  Most casual lookers hit on the big sites found on page 1 of Google, but they stop there.  If you’re serious about buying a classic car, consider looking at the smaller sites too.