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20 Drawbacks Of Owning Muscle Cars Drivers Often Overlook

Cameron EittreimMay 7, 2021

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5: Glass

Another thing that potential classic car owners fail to realize is that replacing the glass in a classic car can be costly. Finding replacement glass on an older vehicle is nearly impossible, and if the vehicle is a special-edition model, it’s even harder. Getting the glass to be custom-sized is also not an easy task and it can cost you. There are specialty glass companies that cater to classic car owners but again this is going to be costly.

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When it comes to buying a classic car the glass probably doesn’t come to mind. But if you’re going to be doing estoration the glass is going to be an important step. When you have 50-year-old glass in a vehicle, visibility can be almost impossible.

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4: Outdated Air Conditioning

The HVAC systems in our cars have changed significantly throughout the years by automakers. Using different types of Freon to limit the negative impact on the ozone. There is a good chance that you’ll have a car that hasn’t had the AC retrofitted yet. This means that doing a recharge or even getting the AC to work correctly can be downright impossible. To get these air conditioning systems into the current decade, you’ll potentially spend a fortune retrofitting.

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Most consumers don’t want to go through this type of trouble to get a car cooled the proper way. A lot of potential classic car owners don’t factor this into that stellar “barn find” because a car that has been sitting outside for years is going to need some type of AC work done.

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3: Buyer’s Remorse

Perhaps the worst thing about sinking a boatload of money into a classic car is the buyer’s remorse that you’ll have. It’s never fun to spend a great deal of money on something only to regret it down the line. But that happens a lot to people who bite the bullet and spend a chunk of money on one of these cars. You’ll be into it once you get it and the classic car market is tricky. Selling one of these things can go from very easy to very hard.

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You’ll have a lot of people who are trying to lowball for the best deal and it can be quite frustrating. The classic car market is made up of buyers and sellers who prey on each other every day. The entire process can be a tiring one to say the least.

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2: A Target For Law Enforcement

Perhaps one of the most obvious problems with owning a muscle car is the fact that you’ll have to spend a great deal of time avoiding cops. Muscle cars are the target of police because of their speed and the fact that they can write an easy ticket. Where you wouldn’t have trouble driving an ordinary car from point A to point B, the same cannot be said for a muscle car. You are going to be constantly barraged by tickets if you even go a little over the speed limit.

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There is no easy solution to this problem. Most people who own any type of sports car will tell you how frustrating it can be. You are constantly on the lookout for patrolmen and the radar detectors that you can buy don’t work well.

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1: You’ll Never Get What You Spent

You see people who try and sell a muscle car for hundreds of thousands. The goal here is to turn a quick profit, but that doesn’t generally happen. Most people are cheap and looking for a good deal. That means that your car could stay listed forever. So if you are going into the muscle car market to try and turn a profit, don’t. There are already hundreds of shops that do this and do it well. You aren’t going to be the next reality show star who is flipping classic muscle cars.

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We don’t mean to burst your bubble, but the market for these things is so inflated that most buyers don’t even realize what’s in front of them. The muscle car era has long past but the classic cars of yesteryear are more popular than ever.

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