If you’re searching for a pre-war vehicle, The Vault experts are here for you. Specializing in selling, buying, trading, consigning, servicing, restoring, and repairing specialty vehicles is what we do best. The Vault welcomes all to come!!! From cars to collectibles, there’s a lot to see & the looking is FREE!
If you’re in the market for a pre war vehicle for sale, The Vault pros are here for you. Specializing in selling, buying, trading, consigning, servicing, restoring, and repairing specialty vehicles is what we do best. That includes unique pre war vehicle collections that we accrue just for car aficionados like yourself. From cars to collectibles, at The Vault, there’s a lot to see & the looking is FREE!
So you’re ready to start on this new endeavor, but what do you buy? Start at The Vault, where we buy and sell pre war vehicles, providing us with a high volume of vehicles to choose from. When browsing our collector cars for sale, vintage car sales, and antique cars for sale, you may find yourself with questions about older car classifications. After all, if you buy a specialty car, you want to know what you’re getting, right?
The first thing you need to know is that old car categorizations may differ based upon who is providing the definition. For example, different countries classify older cars in their own way, insurance agencies may utilize their own definitions when determining insurance rates, state DMVs have various classifications, classic car clubs may define car-eras differently, and that makes it confusing!
In general, there are many overlaps in the time frames of car classifications. In the US, classic cars are usually considered vehicles over 20 years old, while antique cars are over 45 years old, and vintage cars are built between 1919 and 1930 (some end these in 1925). Then there are also brass era cars, from 1896-1915, which are defined by the use of brass fittings. For the most part, pre war vehicles are considered those which were manufactured up to the start of the war.
The best chance of avoiding a quick end to your prewar pride and joy is to start with a trip to the best pre war car mechanic. You’re not going to be able to just take your gem to any old modern mechanic. Many of the vehicle’s systems are going to require specialty parts for replacement and any mechanic who works on pre war vehicles needs to have a high level of understanding of how pre war vehicles are built.
Prewar vehicle experts such as those at The Vault can ensure your car is in prime condition to handle more driving miles. Perhaps replace a part, change the oil, inspect the brakes; a few minor preventive measures can make the difference between the drive of your dreams versus a nightmare!
The key elements your mechanic will most likely want to check out include:
Oil and oil bath filter clean/change.
Check the sparks, and look for any suspicious carbon or oil deposits on the plugs which may indicate a bigger problem.
Assessing for clogged air filters and problems with the fuel system.
Brake inspection to top off fluid levels in the braking system and checking the master cylinder for clogs or other issues. They should also be checking the parking brake, brake drums, brake pedal, and brake lights.
Cooling system check. This is a vital element, as overheating can occur quickly and often! A fantastic mechanic will inspect the fins, hoses, and belts, and flush out any clogs. They may fully flush out the system and refill with new coolant, as well as test the thermostat and radiator cap.
Examine the frame and chassis to check for rust, loose, bent, or missing parts.
Wheel and tire inspection to evaluate tread, cracks, breaks, cuts, and inflation. Make sure you have a good-quality spare!
Overall check for proper functioning of lights, hoses, electrical, mirrors, battery, and all connections.
A solid overall check by a qualified nearby pre war vehicle mechanic such as those at The Vault will be the best choice you’ve made, apart from the purchase itself!