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Classic car trade in Ireland.

  • 15-02-2018 10:55pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭ shawnee


    Is there any new buyers in the trade in Ireland ? Everyone seems to be trying to sell a car before they buy. Lots of cars for sale out there, is the trade at a standstill.


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,017 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III


    There's tiny volume and therefore next to no market.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,800 ✭✭✭ liam7831


    Overpriced scrap is hard to sell at the best of times. Good cars with history will sell easily


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,732 ✭✭✭ Arthur Daley


    I am starting to wonder about the medium term future of the classic car. With this two pronged assault on the internal combustion engine which has ramped up massively in the last year. If new petrol or diesel cars are 'banned' from 2030 as proposed around the EU how will the average classic fare. The huge media push of 'driverless' cars may end up being the final nail in the coffin for many affordable classics. As insurance treatments may end the practice of driving for most people.

    The extremely wealthy will ensure there is always a high end market for classic Ferrari, Bugatti etc. but I do just wonder if we need to make the most of it over the next decade now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭✭ jimjom


    Well I'm selling 3 classics at the moment and its horrible.
    All are priced reasonably with detailed work, fsh etc.

    It seems all thats out there are the 'best price' losers.
    I've had old cars for years and never ever had issues selling...that is until 6 months ago.
    Nothing but clowns with no money and no intention of buying.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    The extremely wealthy will ensure there is always a high end market for classic Ferrari, Bugatti etc. but I do just wonder if we need to make the most of it over the next decade now.
    I'm not sure where your pessimism comes from. There's always been allowances for classics and there's no sign of that changing. The NCT rules are even changing to the benefit of classics in May.

    Driverless cars are as inevitable as flying cars, but we all know how long we've been waiting for them. And until the average joe can afford one (long after 2030!) the streets will still host a mix of cars.

    What might change is the demographic of classic cars. 90s cars and onwards are so laden with electronics they'll be a nightmare to maintain for a home mechanic. What remains over the next few decades remains to be seen.
    jimjom wrote: »
    Well I'm selling 3 classics at the moment and its horrible.
    All are priced reasonably with detailed work, fsh etc.

    It seems all thats out there are the 'best price' losers.
    I've had old cars for years and never ever had issues selling...that is until 6 months ago.
    Nothing but clowns with no money and no intention of buying.
    February probably a bad time to sell? Cold and foggy windows!


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,831 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Dades wrote: »
    February probably a bad time to sell?

    +1

    I'm going to sell my Mercedes W201 but I'll wait until the weather gets warmer, I can give it a good clean and I'll take some pictures in the sun!

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,238 ✭✭✭ 80sDiesel


    Not many folks have the space to park a classic these days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,053 ✭✭✭ Working class heroes


    jimjom wrote: »
    Well I'm selling 3 classics at the moment and its horrible.
    All are priced reasonably with detailed work, fsh etc.

    It seems all thats out there are the 'best price' losers.
    I've had old cars for years and never ever had issues selling...that is until 6 months ago.
    Nothing but clowns with no money and no intention of buying.
    What ya selling? have I linked one already?:)

    A man who knows he knows nothing knows more than a man who thinks he knows everything.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,156 ✭✭✭ w124man


    unkel wrote: »
    +1

    I'm going to sell my Mercedes W201 but I'll wait until the weather gets warmer, I can give it a good clean and I'll take some pictures in the sun!


    If its a 190D I know a chap who is looking for one


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭ shawnee


    Dades wrote: »
    I'm not sure where your pessimism comes from. There's always been allowances for classics and there's no sign of that changing. The NCT rules are even changing to the benefit of classics in May.

    Driverless cars are as inevitable as flying cars, but we all know how long we've been waiting for them. And until the average joe can afford one (long after 2030!) the streets will still host a mix of cars.

    What might change is the demographic of classic cars. 90s cars and onwards are so laden with electronics they'll be a nightmare to maintain for a home mechanic. What remains over the next few decades remains to be seen.

    February probably a bad time to sell? Cold and foggy windows!

    Spring not too far away... but anyone I know who has advertised classics recently has found the trade slow. I would imagine you will see an overall drop in the price of useable classics compared to a few years back. They may then entice some new owners into the field. Some are still buying their cars in England and paying costs of shipping them home. That points to the fact that many are cheaper in England where the trade has also slowed.


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  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators, Regional North East Moderators Posts: 10,826 Mod ✭✭✭✭ PauloMN


    shawnee wrote: »
    Spring not too far away... but anyone I know who has advertised classics recently has found the trade slow. I would imagine you will see an overall drop in the price of useable classics compared to a few years back. They may then entice some new owners into the field. Some are still buying their cars in England and paying costs of shipping them home. That points to the fact that many are cheaper in England where the trade has also slowed.

    I don't think people travel to the UK to save money when it comes to classics. I know in my case it was an issue of choice purely, just could not find what I was after here. Shipping costs were minimal anyway with Ryanair flight and ferry home.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 58,831 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    w124man wrote: »
    If its a 190D I know a chap who is looking for one

    I don't do diesel :D

    It's a 2.6 straight 6 petrol auto. The most desirable of all W201 imho (except of course the Cosworth versions which at this stage are beyond the reach of most classic car owners)

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭ Peew


    Dades wrote: »
    I'm not sure where your pessimism comes from. There's always been allowances for classics and there's no sign of that changing. The NCT rules are even changing to the benefit of classics in May

    What's the benefits in NCT prey tell:)


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    Peew wrote: »
    Dades wrote: »
    I'm not sure where your pessimism comes from. There's always been allowances for classics and there's no sign of that changing. The NCT rules are even changing to the benefit of classics in May

    What's the benefits in NCT prey tell:)
    All you need is here!


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