To Buy or Not to Buy a Basket Case
You are surfing the internet and there it is, the car you’ve always dreamed of owning. The price looks good. You have the money. True, it needs a little work. OK, it’s a total basket case and it needs a lot of work.
You can see it finished in the exact color and how good it will look as you cruise the boulevard. Your mind starts rationalizing how much time it will take to complete, how much it will cost, and how you can really do this. You’re starting to feel a little excited about the prospect of driving a cool classic. You’re justifying the amount of work it needs by how much money you are going to save and because you’ll get to build it the way you want it.
It could be the deal of a lifetime or the automotive nightmare of your life. Get out of your fantasy and think clearly about the car. A lot of experience is required to turn a basket cases into world-class restoration. Never buy a car sight-unseen or just by photos. No matter how good the deal sounds or how good the photos look, you must put eyes on it (or send someone you trust).