Re: [DML] Re: Values
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Re: [DML] Re: Values

On 1/18/06, Dan <djdanwilson@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Actually, that is not correct. "Classics" that sit in garages and
> figuratively gather dust are "useful" and used as dedicated
> show/concours cars, trailer queens, garage ornaments, and
> museum/collection pieces. They would no longer be "useful" in those
> roles if you upgrade them with new and improved after market parts to
> make them reliable and drivable, two things such cars need not be.
> Getting you from point A to point B and back again reliably is not
> their purpose. "Useful" is not necessarily defined as reliably drivable.

Heh. At the risk of offending some people: It's a car, one designed
for high production numbers, designed to be driven. I know there are
many people who buy cars for purposes other than driving them, but at
that point they're not really cars anymore, just trophies. And that's
OK, but let's just be honest about it.

> If you want an all original "trailer queen", then that's what you buy.
> If you want a "driver", then buy a "driver". You don't buy one for the
> purpose of having the other. That's not cost effective.

Well, I agree with you here. My argument was simply in regards to the
value. Claiming a car is low book simply because it's driven often is
ridiculous. It really depends on the market for that particular car.

It appears to me that more DeLoreans are driven on a regular basis
than other classics, and more and more people getting into DeLoreans
are doing so for the purpose of driving them. Perhaps it's the
relatively low cost of entry for such an exotic vehicle, parts
availability, etc. I expect if, God forbid, I ever need to sell my
car, I'll be able to find a buyer at medium to high book value a lot
easier given it's "useful as a car" status.


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