Why should you use a broker when selling classic cars?
Vintage Car Importers has been in the business of selling classic cars for over seven years. Having the wisdom and the experience to know where the best place is to sell your classic car and when to sell it; are two equally important considerations. What most people don’t realize is that the general car markets values tend to fluctuate sporadically over the course of year due to: the time of year; market demand for the vintage car or collectable; and car market saturation levels that can either drive classic car prices up or down. When we evaluate your classic collectable we will always begin with the provenance and conduction of the car. The critical factor is whether the car had a short or limited production run, which ultimately determines its value to serious collectors.
To a lesser extent cars owned by celebrities, or pivotal historic figures, and cars popularised in movies or TV may sometimes demand higher selling prices based on the demand for a specific car. Yet more often than not collectors will settle for the same make and model that inspired their classic car dream in the first place. Film and TV have produced some iconic cars that inspired collectors tastes and who can forget James Bond’s 1963 Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger; or Sonny Crockett’s 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder in Miami Vice; or Bandit’s 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit; or Magnum’s 1977 Ferrari 308 GTS in Magnum P.I. Every classic car has a story whether it’s an iconic one or even just a footnote in motoring history.
Motoring culture is driven by collectors wanting to tap into those stories, call it nostalgia or childhood dreams, we are living it daily at VCI as we connect sellers with collectors to make unforgettable car stories of our own. At Vintage Car Importers we like to think of vintage cars as pieces of mechanical art that not only transport us from point A to B but also back in time to when motoring was purer and simpler. We believe in driving for the sheer pleasure of it, classic cars are a means of escaping your everyday life, a way of tapping into the illusive motoring nostalgia of times gone by, which should always be accompanied by your perfect soundtrack for the road. #MyOctane
#VCI’S consignment process
When selling classic cars we analyse the market’s current view of what your classic car model marque is worth
Our evaluations are based on the honest condition of your classic car, thus determining it’s actual current market value.
We use Hagerty and NADAguides classic car evaluation tools for our vehicle appraisals
Please ensure your classic car is mechanically sound before submitting it for consignment
Complete any necessary cosmetic work to increase the asking price for your car
Have your classic car detailed both inside and out, before consigning it with VCI
Gather up any spare parts you have for your car, they are of great value to the next owner
Provide car papers and maintenance records as well maintained cars demand higher prices
Take all of the required lisiting photographs before submitting your car for consignment
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Fill in the consigment form below to complete your VCI classic car showroom submission
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How do you determine a classic cars true value?
Does your classic look original? Has it been stored a long time? Does it have exceptionally good original condition or exceptionally low mileage? In the classic car market “all original” cars always generate the most interest from car collectors when selling classic cars. It is important to understand that the valuing and pricing of your vintage car, although related are not the same, they are subject to the economic forces at play within the car marketplace (i.e. its always a case of supply versus demand). Do you need to sell your classic quickly or are you a shrewd collector that can wait till the market demand and prices are more favourable? Once you submit your classic for consignment we will analyse the market’s view of what a similar model is worth. Pricing your car requires that we take into account the values of what similar examples have sold for and that we additionally study the classic car market to assess whether the demand for your specific car, is rising, holding or sinking.
Is it a current must have collectable or does it fail to resonate with the buyers and collectors of today? We have to determine the popularity of the car you are looking to sell. We always base our evaluations on the honest condition of your car so we can determine its actual current market value. When VCI evaluates your car we will assess it’s overall condition, so please ensure that your car has been detailed by professional detailer to address any small defects that may affect the evaluation and value of your appraisal. We use Hagerty and NADAguides classic car evaluation tools to help us perform accurate assessments and help ensure fair vehicle trading practices when selling classic cars.
How to prepare your car for showroom consignment ?
Does your car need maintenance?
In order for your classic car to be sold for a good price it may need the services of a classic car restoration expert so it’s original appeal and beauty can be restored. While the cost of restoration may prove costly you should recover this restorative investment when you sell your car.
Does your car need cosmetic work?
What are the significant dents and scratches, is there evidence of corrosion? Look at the bodywork, paintwork, trims and moldings. After finishing touches to body repairs, the paint job should be handled by a professional spray painter and always refit the original trim and moldings.
Detailing your car inside and out
It’s time for detailing, after a good wash of the engine bay, door jambs and undercarriage. Make sure you polish the paint, chrome and brightwork, cleaning the windows, vacuuming and deodorising the interior, then it’s paint touch-ups and spraying tyre shine onto your classic wheels.
Gather all spare car parts
Some parts may be rare or hard to find, so any spare parts you have collected during your maintence of your classic car collectable can increase the value of the overall sale and equip the next owner with everything they need to keep her well maintained.
Collect your paperwork and records
Did you have classic car serviced regularly and keep all of the documentation regarding repairs and maintenance? In a private sale, it shows prospective buyers that your cars servicing and overall maintenance have been taken care of at the right intervals.
Take photos of your classic car
It’s time for some car glamour photos. Make sure you take pictures of her on the road, a great landscape setting never hurts. Take shots from every angle, with close-up photos of the odometer reading, the radio, the door trims, the roof lining, the tail lights, etc.
How to photograph and prepare a classic car for sale?
Capturing the essence of your classic is so important and here’s a thought for you to ponder. This is going to be the last time you going get to make her look pristine and these will probably be the photo’s of her you will cherish the most. So why not get creative and capture your car story by finding a beautiful stretch of road to photograph her on. So lets run through the essential pictures we will be need to complete your #VCI showroom consignment submission:
The right front three-quarter view, focal point is the right, front and partial top side
The left front three-quarter view, focal point is the left, front and partial top side
The right three-quarter view, focal point is the right, rear and top partial side
The left rear three-quarter view, focal point is the left, rear and partial top side
Close-ups of fenders, gaps, bumpers, and the top
The front, back, right and left sides of the car
The engine and engine bay as well as all serial numbers
Interior dashboard, guage clusters, steering wheel and all consoles
The front and rear seats, door panels and any wood components
Finally be sure to photograph the headliner, carpets, inside the trunk, fender wells, rockers, floors (both inside and underneath), the frame rails underneath, the door jams and the wheels.
#VCI’S photography tips
Clean and detail your classic car
Make sure windows are free of water spots
Photograph your classic car on a scenic road, whether it’s tarmac, concrete, dirt or gravel!
Use a proper digital camera for the shoot
Ideally use a 35mm lens, as a good lense is an essential for a great photograph
When you choose #VCI to act as your classic car broker you are granting us exclusive right to sell your car. Your classic car will be featured as part of our online showroom inventory and extensively marketed to prospective buyers from all across the globe. Vintage Car Importers has the ability to extend high value cars within our inventory (i.e. high value cars) to Classic Driver the leading international market and magazine for classic and collector cars and the sophisticated lifestyle when selling classic cars.
Follows the steps laid out below to submit your classic car for the Vintage Car Importers showroom consignment program. We provide global shipping services so we can find you the right buyer even if they on the other side of the planet for those of you selling classic cars. If you have any questions please complete the inquiry form in the next section of this page. We love the history of classic cars so please feel free to share your knowledge with everyone as you make another collectors dream come true!
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Create an account profile to unlock your consignment menu hidden below.
Add the year of you classic car e.g. 1968.
Add the model of your classic car e.g. 280SL Pagoda.
Add the vehicle history for your classic car, and always be sure to share all your specialized knowledge of you classic car’s marquee!
Drag and drop your classic car images into the gallery images area. Then click finish and your pictures will begin uploading successfully. The grey bar on each picture will fill up and you should then be re-directed to our classic car showroom submission review page. If you have pictures that are larger than 1mb a piece, then we advise that complete the contact form below instead or alternatively you can e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can facilitate your large image transfer using either Wetransfer or Dropbox.
Add the title of your listing e.g. 1968 Mercedes 280SL Pagoda (RHD).
Add the make of your classic car e.g. Mercedes.
Select the various feature options that apply to you classic car consignment listing e.g. power steering; when you are done just click next!
Use the map location feature to scroll and find your location on the world map, zoom in or out and right click to pin your location on the map for your listing.
If you encounter and error message at the end of the submission process please do not be alarmed! The submission has been submitted, we are currently addressing the issue and our front end module will be working flawlessly in due course. All classic car consignment submissions are reviewed before the listing is added to our virtual showroom floor. VCI will advise you when your classic car was successfully consigned!