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Used cars - oldtimers and youngtimers - noble scrap metal

Beate Jeske
Used cars - oldtimers and youngtimers
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It is often the cars from childhood and youth that trigger a serious infection with the classic car virus. Be it an old family car like the VW Beetle and Ford Taunus or the unreachable sports car Porsche 911. Many dreams can be realized, because there are usable classics for less than 10,000 euros. True to the motto: Opel Kadett C instead of Jaguar E-Type.

But the purchase price alone is not enough. Even if many a piece of jewelery that is in the showroom of relevant dealers promises a carefree time - repairs must always be expected on a historic car. A financial cushion of at least ten percent of the purchase price is essential in the savings account. And this amount is only enough if it is really a copy in good condition. If restoration work is pending, a lot more must be expected. Old cars are particularly hard hit by rust.

If you don't want to experience any nasty surprises, it is better to find out about repair and spare parts costs before buying. In addition to specialist magazines such as auto motor und sport sister magazine Motor Klassik , internet forums and brand clubs are a good source. They also give valuable tips later.

It is not uncommon for the former dream car to suddenly move out of focus for purely rational reasons after intensive research. Even the market prices can spoil the buying mood. They usually have more to do with emotions and trends than with a real value. Need an example? At the Meilenwerk in Stuttgart, for example, you can get a beautiful Fiat 500 or a significantly larger and more comfortable, but no less well-maintained Mercedes 200/8 for 10,000 euros. But the little one is trendy. For Markus Leutenegger, Sales Manager at Stoll-Classic, the Italian is a must in the showroom: “You can actually sell one every month.”

W er buys at the dealer, usually pays more anyway. Often in good faith that you are buying a better car with more security. But be careful: sales on behalf of customers are common, and there is no liability for material defects or guarantees. It remains to be seen whether the additional costs are worthwhile. If you want to exclude the possibility of acquiring a wreck, you should have a used car check (from 50 euros) at an expert organization such as TÜV orDekra or, in the case of more expensive models, invest in a classic car report (from around 200 euros). When in doubt, the better car is always preferable to the cheaper one. This also keeps losses in the event of a sale within limits, because good specimens remain in demand.

The sensible one: Mercedes Stroke Eight

When it was introduced in 1968 (hence the Designation dash eight) it was simply the little Mercedes. The predecessor of the E-Class soon made a career as a sensible car: not cheap, but legendarily reliable. Even by today's standards, it is suitable for everyday use and the supply of spare parts is assured. From 6000 euros you can find presentable copies. For well-kept models like the one shown, you pay at least 10,000 euros.

The sporty one: Mini

The best-selling British car with 5.4 million units was already one during its construction Legend. After all, the front-wheel drive didn't just win the Monte Carlo Rally. The fan base is correspondingly large. Eight generations from MK I to VIII are available. The MK V (1984 to 1992) with twelve-inch wheels and disc brakes at the front is the ideal entry-level model. Even the small motor (from 34 HP) ensures driving pleasure. From 3000 euros you can find everyday models with minor defects. Those who value more sportiness have to dig deeper into their pockets for a Cooper (from 55 PS). A very neat Cooper S costs up to 30,000 euros.

The endurance runner: VW Beetle

Just 20 years ago, the Beetle was a typical sight on school parking lots because there were plenty of used cars and repairing them wasn't too difficult. But even then, well-kept specimens were not cheap, especially not the convertible. Anyone who wants to fulfill their childhood dream of the open Beetle today has to invest at least 15,000 euros. Even the sedans cost 3,000 euros in good condition, including practically only permanent construction sites. After all: the technology is manageable, the supply of spare parts is exemplary, and there are probably only a few classic cars that are more popular.

The Italian smooch: Fiat Nuova 500

What the German his Beetle is to the Italian is the Fiat 500. As a cheap everyday car, little was given to it. Regular maintenance was often a foreign concept and tuning was the order of the day. Finding a well-kept 500 in its original condition today is therefore not an easy task. It starts at 6,000 euros for decent copies. If it is a sports model with a 22 hp two-cylinder engine or even a model with a folding roof, prices quickly rise to over 10,000 euros. After all, the maintenance costs are pleasantly low thanks to the good spare parts supply and simple technology.


And the maintenance?
René Olma on the financial consequences ofClassics.

The good news right at the start: The maintenance of an everyday classic car rarely devours huge sums of money. The vehicle tax for models with an H license plate is a uniform 192 euros, regardless of engine size or exhaust emissions. Special oldtimer insurance offers fully comprehensive policies for as little as 200 to 300 euros a year. An annual check in the workshop including valve clearance adjustment cups the household budget by another 250 to 500 euros. It gets really expensive - as with new cars - especially when it comes to repairs. The range is enormous: an engine overhaul can cost between 1,000 euros for a Citroën 2 CV up to 15,000 euros for a Porsche 911, but it is usually 2,500 to 5,000 euros. Good for those who put the classic car through its paces before buying it.

What else is there:

  • Ford Mustang: 'Bullit' made it Original version of the cult. Price: from 20,000 euros
  • Jaguar XJ: Lord Movement at a small car price, but with high maintenance costs
  • Mercedes W 123 : The successor to the Stroke Eight is still available at low prices from 4000 euros
  • Opel Kadett C: You can find decent copies from 2000 euros
  • Porsche 911 3.2: The G-model (1984 to 1989) is currently increasing in value
  • Triumph TR 6: Sporty roadster with good everyday suitability. From 10,000 euros


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