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If you’ve ever been an owner of classic cars, you’ll know how much joy they can bring. They’re like moving, working pieces of history. Beautiful museums on wheels that you get to call your own. But while owning a classic car can be a dream come true, it can also be a burden.

If you’re considering buying your very own classic, regardless of the model, we recommend you consider a few key factors before taking the plunge into the world of classic car ownership.

The negatives, though there are few, are big ones and definitely need to be contemplated before heading to an auction. The first of these is the financial burden. As with any car, upkeep and maintenance is costly. Throw rare parts and discontinued lines into the mix and you’ve got yourself a fair hole in your pocket.

Next up is those creature comforts that, these days, we’ve all become so used to. Purchase a classic and you can wave goodbye to all your mod cons. Air-con, electric windows, power steering sat nav and blutooth connectivity… All the things of the future will quickly become things of the past.

Finally, that term of phrase, ‘old reliable’… Well, it’s not necessarily accurate. Old unpredictable’ might be closer to the truth. Don’t get us wrong, in mint condition and with continued TLC, your old classic can really stand the test of time. The problem is, when you buy an old car, you’re also buying its history and that can result in a flurry of unwanted surprises like rust and replacement parts.

On the brighter side? Classic cars brings with them a sense of style and class that can only come with a vintage model. When you drive a classic, you are arguably driving a real car and therefore getting the real driving experience. Sure, power steering and air-con is great, but there’s something to be said about the smells and sounds of an old beast. A roaring engine, a shifting gear box – they really make driving less of an obligatory commute and for of an enjoyable ride.

While finances can be a negative, if you look for the silver lining, you’ll eventually see it. In this case it’s in a classic car’s increase in value rather than its instant depreciation. Buy a brand spanker and you pretty much lose money as soon as it’s off the lot. Buy a sought after, classic beauty and look after it – and you have much higher chance of a return on investment.

Whichever way you decide to go; classic or not, the team at Andrew’s High Tech Automotive has the technology and know-how to ensure your pride and joy will run at its very best. From our Hub Dyno – which offers the benefits of repeatability, no slippage, no tyre shredding, no vehicle damage and of course, high performance tuning – to our huge range of APR Performance parts, we’ve got you covered. To find out more about any or all of the above, contact Andrew’s High Tech Automotive, today!