The thought of owning a classic car can be exciting. Just imagine yourself in something like this ‘67 Chevy Nova.

Wouldn’t that be amazing? Yes, it would; but before you go out and buy a seemingly good antique car on impulse, it’s important that you inspect it as thoroughly as possible.

Used car shopping is something of an art. If you’re new to it, or you’re just looking for some quick points that will help shield you from questionable deals, then you’ve come to the right place. Follow these 3 inspection tips while searching for the car of your dreams.

1. Check for Rust

Rust is not easy to cure. While you may be able to swap panels out here and there, in most cases, you’ll still end up with a rusty car regardless of what you do. Check for brown rust stains under the car, around the car, and on the inner side of the car’s doors. A well-kept door should have a smooth lip. If you open the door and find Bondo or creases in the lip, then that’s an indication of rust.

2.  Look for the Original Motor (And Don’t Forget to Test it!)

When you’re conducting your inspection, remember that you want to see OEM parts, not aftermarket parts. Unlike newer used cars, classic car parts are not as easy to come by. While not every part needs to be factory-original, the key components, like the motor, should be. To check the motor, pop the hood and look for it in the engine bay.  

If it has the original motor, great; now it’s time to check if the motor is in good shape. Start the car and rev the engine. You should be listening for a smooth humming sound. If you hear any kind of knocking, then you could be looking at trouble.

3. Watch for Leaks

You don’t have to be an expert to look for leaks. Just check underneath the vehicle. If you see puddles or obvious liquid stains, there could be an issue.

4. Use a Magnet to Look for Filler

Ideally, you want your classic car to be at least 90% steel. The magnet test will tell you if there is any filler, like Bondo. Gently comb the doors with a magnet. If the magnet doesn’t stick, that area is made of filler material.  

Need Your Classic Car Professionally Inspected? Call Innovative Restorations

What better way to ensure that your antique car is in good condition before you sign on the dotted line? If you’re serious about purchasing a classic car, then let us inspect it for you.