Top Vintage Exclusive Car Dealerships
Vintage cars are a true passion. They are nothing short. Which is why when it is time to buy another vintage or collector’s car you are going to want to make darn sure you buy from someone trustworthy. We’ve looked far and wide for the top vintage and exclusive car dealerships in South Africa.
“Serious buyers, no time wasters or tyre kickers” reads an ad of a classically beautiful 1960s VW Karmann Ghia on Gumtree. Classic car owners are waking up to the fact that they can cut out the middle man and advertise for free on Gumtree and other online classified sites to reach interested buyers, but for the sellers this can be quite an uphill battle of entertaining ‘time wasters’ and ‘tyre kickers’. As such, if you are a serious buyer, you can negotiate with your seller for the best price, and possibly pick up a few diamonds in the rough.
Classic Car Market and MyClassics
Unlike Gumtree, these websites specialise specifically in Classic cars, allowing you to filter out all of the noise, even though they are not as user-friendly as Gumtree. They also allow you to sign up to their community bulletins or follow fellow enthusiasts on Pinterest and other social media sites.
Classic car dealers in the Western Cape
The western cape is widely considered to be a home away from home for classic car enthusiasts, offering everything from coffee, cake and boutique shops built around the appreciation of classic cars, to dedicated dealerships in beautiful garden route towns. Sedgefield classics is one of these dealerships that also knows how to harness the power of web with a useful search function and image-rich car listings.
Club 9 (and Dapper Coffee Co), on the other hand, is one of those dealerships that offer the entire experience rather than only the sale. Opened a few months back in Cape Town city centre, they offer a special house roast and food menu allowing you time to browse their collection at your leisure. While they specialise in Porsches, they feature all the other usual suspects, with one rule only; the cars must stay on local shores, so passionate is the owner about classic car ownership in South Africa. Included in the service experience is the option for classic car detailing (cleaning, restoring and finishing).
Beware the fraudsters
Just like with buying a secondhand vehicle, dealers offer the assurance of honesty and quality, while online classic car sites may hide some inexpensive gems between the overpriced numbers. Be warned, fraud is rife when it comes to buying and selling classic cars, so NEVER pay a deposit before seeing the vehicle with your own eyes, or having a trusted friend or family member test out the car. Fraudsters will offer to ship the vehicle then run off with your hard-earned cash in tow before you can say Mercedes S class.
Once you have added another classic car to your collection, make sure you opt for the specialist car insurance that is tailored to your needs.