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Classic Corvette Buying Tips

by Guest Contributor on May 24, 2012

Classic Corvette Buying Tips

So you’ve finally decided to enter the elite club of Corvette drivers, like many other big purchases in life, it involves a lot of due diligence and research but by the time you get your hands on that wheel, it is absolutely worth it.

The key behind buying any used car is due diligence and research, if you rush into buying a used Corvette or don’t look into it’s background then you are leaving yourself wide open to being ripped off or scammed.

Straight Axle Models (’53 to ’62)

If you’re in the market for a Straight-Axle Corvette then it’s more than likely that you won’t be driving it around everyday and realistically it will be more a show piece which you drive occasionally.

You really want to focus your attention on original parts and their working status, because the difference between having a Corvette with an original engine in working condition is anywhere from 20% to 30% in value.

Also remember that Straight-Axle models were produced from 1953 to 1962, so these Corvettes are no spring chickens. Just because it looks in good condition, it doesn’t mean it runs like it’s in good condition.

Whilst 99% of used cars salesman are honest enough not to sell you a basket case as a great runner, there will always be some who will try to sell you a used Corvette that will run for a few days after sale then completely pack in.

Bottom line is, either do the research yourself by reading technical guides for the model you’re interested in or hire a mechanic with extensive knowledge of Corvettes or the specific model you’re looking to buy – otherwise you might, and probably will, get duped.

Mid Year Corvettes (’63 to ’67)

The most popular Corvettes were produced during this period and it’s no wonder why they’re so highly sought after, they look great and drive beautifully but they can be hiding some major faults if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Corvettes from this period are known for being fairly hit and miss with their brake system, so look at the brakes and see how well they’re working, as trying to repair a faulty system is a very frustrating process that will cost a lot.

These models can also suffer from serious rusting problems. Check the metal frame around the passenger compartment, which is prone to rusting if moisture gets in through any faulty weather stripping.

Also take a close look at the body mounts and trailing arms, as they are areas that if heavily affected by rusting can cost a lot in restoration bills.

Those are some simple buying tips that cover the first two generation of Corvettes. Check back as we’ll deliver more tips for C3 and C4 Corvette buyers.


This article was contributed by Matt from 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com – the best auto insurance quotes website.


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