The value of classic cars, especially rare ones, generally increases with time, which can make it hard for sellers and buyers to arrive at an agreement. In addition, other factors such as availability of parts, and compliance with emission norms and other regulations also play a key role in deciding the value of classic cars. While you can always rely on AutoBidMaster’s classic car auctions to bring home your favorite classic at an affordable price, knowing how much to spend on a particular model can be a tricky affair. To help you land a just deal at our auctions, in this article, we present some useful classic car appraisal tips. Read on. 

Check the Classification

When thinking of buying a classic car, the first thing you should do is check its classification. Broadly, classic cars are classified into five categories:

  • Parts Car: A car that can no longer be restored and has no functional value. Such cars are purchased so that their parts can be used to repair other cars. 
  • Restorable: Restorable cars are generally not in a working condition but can be restored with a reasonable investment of time and resources. 
  • Good: These cars do not require any major repairs and can be used on the road in ”as is” condition, but they often lack in terms of cosmetics and minor functions. 
  • Fine: These classic cars are completely restored, but during the process of restoration, may have had to part ways with some of the original components. 
  • Excellent: Cars in this category are in top shape and usually have quite a few of their original parts. These classic cars generally go for high prices. 

Also Read: 3 Classic Cars that Will Increase in Value

Use Online Appraisal Tools

There are many online car appraisal tools that you can use to get an idea about the value of a classic car. Having said that, these tools work on the basis of historic pricing data of different classic car models, which may not be able to give a completely accurate value of a car in the present. These tools, however, can be a good starting point for the valuation of salvage classic cars

Check the Available Inventory

This is probably the surest way to arrive at the estimated value of classic cars. Leading online auto auction platforms such as AutoBidMaster give you access to a large inventory of clean and salvage classic cars. You can simply check the available inventory of the desired model to get an idea about its ongoing prices. In fact, we also have a dedicated team of experts to help you with all your questions and concerns. 

Wrap Up

In addition to the above, it is also extremely important to hire a professional to get the car inspected before you put your money down. If you are looking to buy a classic car at an affordable price, look no further than AutoBidMaster. Placed among the leading platforms hosting classic and muscle cars auctions in the USA, we give you access to the largest auto auction inventory in North America. Register with us today to bring home your dream machine without breaking the bank. If you have any questions, simply call: +1 (503) 298-4300, Monday through Friday, 4:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Pacific Time), or email at

AutoBidMaster Staff Writer

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