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Special Order Locating Service

Have you been looking for a while?

Picture rear of grey classic mustang fastbackLocating a collector quality vintage car, classic car, or muscle car that is priced fairly in today's market can be a challenge. Whether you're a seasoned investor, or considering your first purchase, due diligence is a requirement and a time consuming procedure. Our special order locating service takes the risk out of the process, and guarantees the quality and value of the cars we sell.

Notwithstanding the economic downturn, classic cars, vintage cars and muscle cars have shown significant appreciation over the last few years. Those in "excellent" condition are getting harder to find in a seller's market. Now that we are returning to seller's market, collector quality Ford, Mopar, GM, and European classic cars can still be purchased at reasonable prices. We know this market well, and have customers located around the world. Be sure and ask us for references.

What, exactly, do we do?

The majority of cars you see in our "For Sale" section are owned by individuals throughout the US and Canada. They have asked us to list their cars for them and handle inquiries.

While some people write or call to inquire about cars we have listed, others have a specific car in mind that may not be listed on our web site. We provide a "turn-key" locating, evaluation, inspection, appraisal, purchase, and delivery service for buyers of investment quality GM, Ford, and Mopar classics, as well as European exotics. Our clients are both domestic and international, and we can deliver cars anywhere in the world.

We do not stock cars so we are not trying to sell you one from a limited dealer inventory that we own. We don't tie up money in inventory and can consequently take a smaller profit on cars we locate. The benefit to our customers is a better deal on the classic car that they really want.

Most dealers purchase a vintage car and pay to have it shipped to their location. That cost is built into their price (an extra $600-$1,500). Typically the customer would pay for shipping a second time when it is transported from the dealer to your location. With our service, you save additional money because you don't pay to ship a car twice. We ship it directly from the seller to you via a licensed, bonded, and insured auto transporter.

Since we look at a broad variety of classics throughout the US and Canada, you have a much better chance of finding the right car at the right price. Unlike a traditional car dealer, we represent the buyer, not the seller.

Our most sought after and valued services are pre-purchase inspections. Our customers want reasonable assurance that the car they are purchasing is a quality vehicle. Our experience in dealing with classic cars and collector cars insures that due diligence is done properly, and that the classic car you buy is "as advertised". We also offer an optional drive train warranty on cars that qualify. In short, we provide the expertise and logistics necessary to purchase an investment quality Ford Mustang, Shelby Cobra, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Corvette, Dodge Charger and more!

Why do you need us?

Buying a 30+ year old collector car can be a risky venture. In the mid to late 60's, American manufacturers had no idea these cars would be around 30+ years later, and buying one that hasn't been properly maintained, or restored, can be an expensive lesson. You want one that will pass the kind of inspection you would expect of an investment quality vehicle. We make sure that happens, and that you are getting what you pay for. Through the Nevada Classics appraisal process, we make sure you are getting the very best deal possible from the seller.

Note: If you are looking for a "fixer upper", for less than $15,000 in fair market value, we probably can't help you, but there are many other on line resources to view that sell classic cars in various states of repair. Sorry, but we only deal in investment quality vehicles.

How do we do business?

From the customer's perspective, doing business with us is simple . . .

Complete our questionnaire.
Tell us what you want, send us a small deposit, and we will find a classic car, vintage car, collector car or late model muscle car to match your specifications. Searches can take from a few days to several weeks, depending on the type of car you're looking for and the extent of your requirements.

We shop the US and Canada to find cars at reasonable prices.
We represent you in the purchasing process and charge a 10% commission upon purchase of your car. Our minimum commission is $1,500. We will save you that much, or more, in the process of purchasing your car, and secure one with potential for appreciation, based on past performance.

We can provide an analysis.
Based on the CPI Value Guide we can determine the vehicles market value over the last five years. We graph how it has performed financially in the past ten years, and whether we feel the potential is there for continued appreciation based on those trends and the current supply and demand.

Sample CPI graph

Graph CPI Value 1965 Mustang Convertible

We evaluate each prospective purchase vehicle carefully and analyze a broad range of information and data. Here is a partial list of more than 150 inspection points:

  • VIN - Decoding Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and data plates to determine if numbers match, where the car was made, and what modifications have been made since manufacture.
  • Original Equipment - We evaluate build sheets, broadcast sheets, data plates, and manufacturer's documents which give us information about the original equipment on the vehicle (the next best thing to having the original window sticker).
  • Maintenance - We review all maintenance and repair records, as far back as possible.
  • Structural Integrity - A thorough inspection of the body and frame is completed.
  • Rust - The nemesis of classic cars is structural rust. We look at cowl vents, torque boxes, frame rails, and much more. Carpeting is removed from critical locations to inspect floor pans. Why do we do this? It is common for a heater hose to break in 30 years of driving, and if the car was not properly repaired, including removal, cleaning, and drying of the carpeting, floor pans are very susceptible to rust over 30+ years.
  • Car Body - We inspect body panels, seams, and do an electronic and visual test for body filler. We inspect the paint thoroughly for quality and condition.
  • Interior Soft Trim - The interior is inspected including headliner, upholstery, carpeting, seats, tracks, seat adjustments, parking brake, etc. Seats, tracks, seat adjustments, and parking brake are tested for proper working condition.
  • Electrical Components - All exterior lights and interior electrical components are tested (panel lights, interior lights, horn, gauges, cigarette lighter, ash tray, glove box light, console {if applicable} and shift selector light).
  • Under the Hood - Visual inspection of engine compartment including all fluids, belts, hoses, wiring, filters, and battery.
  • Rolling Gear - Remove wheels and inspect brakes, shoes, drums, calipers and pads, wheels, tires, and tread depth. We inspect for uneven tire wear which indicates an alignment problem or worn suspension parts.
  • Under the Car - The car is put on a rack and the under side is inspected for damage, worn bushings, worn drive shaft and universal joints, differential seal leaks, transmission leaks, engine leaks, proper rear end grease levels.
  • Road Test - The car is thoroughly road tested on both the highway and city streets. We look for how the car tracks down the highway, handles turns and winding streets. We check wind noises, vibration, smooth up and down shifting, acceleration and test the brakes.

We compile a complete ten page report on the vehicle.
This includes a set of digital photographs taken of the interior, exterior, engine compartment, undercarriage and trunk. We ask the seller for a disclosure statement telling us all he knows about the car, its strengths and any flaws.

We e-mail our report and pictures to you for your final OK.
We then negotiate with the seller in your behalf for the best price, which is your purchase price. We arrange shipping via a licensed and fully insured company at a significant discount over what you would expect to pay on your own.

We forward copies of all transportation and freight information.
Once your vehicle is in transit, we advise you of when you can expect delivery of your classic car.

Before we can begin the process of finding your car, we require a retainer of $500.00 US currency. These funds are retained for payment of a garage inspection using our format and check list (typically a $250-$300 expense). Before a car is inspected, we will evaluate a complete set of recent photographs and disclosure statement regarding condition. If we like what we see and hear from the seller, we recommend an inspection. It is your option to inspect the car, or pass and continue the search.

  1. The car is rejected because it is found to have hidden defects, or is in need of repair beyond acceptable limits. (Typically not the case.)
  2. The car is not in the condition we expected, but is acceptable with minor cosmetic or mechanical attention. You are informed and you make the call whether we should investigate further, or search elsewhere. If you decide you like the car and would consider buying it, we use the results of the inspection to negotiate with the seller for a better price. (This happens frequently.)
  3. The car is in "as advertised" condition and is accepted. (Note: We find problems with ALL cars we inspect). Usually they are only minor problems (bad grounds, inoperative fan blower, minor fluid seepage from seals and gaskets, typically caused by inactivity).

If the car is rejected, there is no additional cost to you. We hold the balance of the funds and locate another car for you. Any funds you pay to us which were not invested in pre-purchase inspections apply toward our fee of 10% of the selling price of the car.

Once we locate the classic vehicle you want, we arrange transportation through one of our preferred partners. Door to door, enclosed shipping ranges from $300 to $1,500, depending on location of the car and the destination.

International transportation via surface freight to Europe or Australia typically ranges from $995 to $2,500 depending on destination. This does not include any duty, tax, devanning, or port charges at the destination.

Our process of inspection, evaluation and appraisal is available for any investment caliber, collector car located anywhere in North America. Contact us for more details.

Entrust your next classic car purchase to Nevada Classics. We would be happy to provide references, a bank reference letter, and any additional information you may request.

To begin the process click here. It takes about 2 minutes to complete our customer questionnaire. After you complete it, we will evaluate it and call to answer any questions you may have. Thanks!

Take a look at the collector cars we have available right now.