[DML] Re: Die-Hard DMC-12 Enthusiast Seeking Your Support!
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[DML] Re: Die-Hard DMC-12 Enthusiast Seeking Your Support!



Mark - I'm not sure exactly what you're seeking in your original post.
You mention $15+ K is not an amount you're comfortable with spending
on a D. You then say "I've been searching in vain offering to take a
DeLorean (even a project car) off of someone's hands". Are you saying
you are able and willing to pay less than $15K for a car, even if it's
a project, or when you say "...take a DeLorean off of someone's hands"
are you seeking someone to to just donate one to you? If it's the
former, Kevin is 110% correct. Read this and see why:
http://www.dmcnews.com/Techsection/restoration.htm
What you will read there applies to any classic car, not just the
DeLorean. If you cannot swing a min of $15K for a D right now, then
you certainly can't afford to spend $25K+ to turn a $10 car into a
$15K car. Only buy a project car if you have a VERY large budget for
it, the know how, experience, ability, tools, space, desire, patience
and time to undertake such a monumental effort. If you do not have
those things, in no time will the mess bring stress into your life and
probably your marriage too. Trust me, the desire to own one of these
cars can be strong, but until you get there, you have no idea what the
stresses of ownership can be like as well, especially if your income
is limited. The grass is always greener on the other side, right?

Now, in your original post, if you were actually seeking someone to
just simply donate one to you, as in "free", well, I think that's
asking, or expecting a bit much. Even a junker is worth something in
parts to it's owner. I doubt anyone is simply going to give their car
away, no matter what the condition. James can correct me if I'm wrong,
but I think even DMCH will give an owner around $10K for a "project
car" that has the potential to be refurbished by them at some point,
and if DMCH turned it down due to condition, no money anyone could put
into would make it worth saving, even if free. So why would someone
give you something to "fix up" on a limited budget when they might get
around $10K for it, and that car will most likely end up being 100%
resurrected and  properly restored by pros, putting it back in
circulation in the best possible way?

I understand your desire. I certainly was there, and not that long
ago. My advice. If this is something you REALY want in your life, turn
the dream into a goal, and properly map out a realistic way to achieve
it, even if it means taking years to get there. In the mean time,
learn as much as you can about the car. Get involved in the DeLorean
community as an enthusiast. Meet and join your local DeLorean club.
Most are open to non owner members. Attend the events, involve the
family. You do not have to own a D to take part. You already have what
you need - The passion. Good luck!

Dan W.
VIN 16192
AZ-D


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Kevin Abato <delorean@...> wrote:
>
> Mark:  You do realize that a project car can cost you 20-30$K of more to
> restore based on its condition!   So in the long run, spending 15-20
will
> get you a car you can drive day 1.   Taking on a project car might
mean you
> will not be able to have it on the road reliably for 3-4 years and after
> spending a considerable amount of money.
>  
> Kevin Abato
> Vin# 16680








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