Cheap Cars Under $1000 – All Star Profiles – VW Beetle

When looking for a car under $1000 bucks a lot of classics that are great to build, restore, and drive are always available.

One of the more common great classic cars that you can buy cheap and drive is still the Volkswagen Beetle. The VW bug has always been a symbol of cheap and reliable transportation and even though many are becoming more valuable, you can still find plenty at for under $1000 dollars. Its becoming tougher to find a clean example that can be driven for under $1000 dollars but you can always find a start to a great project car.

What I like best about these VW’s (other than the fact it was my first car a ’72) is that you can do so many different things with them from perfect resto’s, custom resto’s,custom drag cars,road racers, off road toys, kit cars, and the list goes on. Depending on what you have in mind for yours this can affect how you may want to make your purchase.

Most cars of this age and VW’s are no different have a fair amount of rust thats needs to be checked for and addressed. Floor pans and heater channels tend to be problem areas especially where the battery is located. Floor pans are not a tough fix but heater channels if they get bad may require bracing of the car and a lot of labor. So if your planning on doing a baja bug for example rust on the fenders etc. may not be of concern but structural areas will affect it’s ability to take abuse on the trails.

Quick stats in-case you did not know are the car comes with one of two motor types dual port and single port, two rear suspension types swing axles and IRS,and two trim models standard and super. Super Beetles have Macphearson struts in the front and a shorter stubbier front nose. Its seems the super’s have less overall value as collectables so they tend to be cheaper. The mix of parts you get will simply depend on the year; VW always made changes but maintained the overall same design.

The reason these cars are All-Stars is that not only are they very simple to and easy to work on (pull the engine in 30 minutes), but they are reliable can usually handle all types of weather and parts are fairly cheap still. These classic’s can let you have the classic car experience with a more modern reliability standard. So if you can find one for cheap buy it and have fun!

Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Cars for Your Event

Your wedding is probably the most important event in your life and so naturally you want things to be perfect. One of the most important elements of a wedding ceremony is the car. However, when it comes to renting a wedding car there are probably hundreds of cars to choose from which can make things very confusing. If you are on a limited budget probably choosing something cheap may be your best bet. But if you want to find the best car and your budget is flexible then the following tips should help you find something that will make a great impression.

Car types

The market for wedding cars is huge and you’ll get a good idea of the sheer number of luxury cars available by visiting any wedding cars rental service. Since, your wedding is a special occasion a luxury car should be your first consideration. However, you have to choose between two categories i.e. a vintage luxury car or a modern one. The number of modern luxury cars available ranging from BMWs to Mercedes and Jaguar are staggering. But you’ll need to do a bit of searching around if you want to find a vintage car.

For instance, if you want to make a big statement you can chose a classic Rolls Royce or even a Bentley complete with a well dressed uniform wearing chauffeur. The other option you have is a limousine made from exotic cars. But with a limo you will have to make sure that there is ample parking space available.

Distance considerations

When looking through all the wedding cars available you also need to consider the distance you are going to travel i.e. from the hotel to the church, the reception and then back to the hotel. At times couples may also chose to travel to their wedding photo shoots prior to going over to the reception which may be a rather lengthy detour. So, the rental you chose should be able to cover the distance with ease. It should also be comfortable to ride in.

Comfort level of the car

Your wedding day as much as it is joyful it is also stressful both for you and your bride. This is why it is important to choose a car which delivers a smooth experience. Even though luxury cars are supposed to be comfortable some of these cars are more comfortable than others. Your task would be to choose the most comfortable of the cars available so that you and your bride has some time to unwind when on the road. The car should also be large enough to allow your bride to easily step into and out of the vehicle without trouble. That being said you need to consider this bearing in mind the size of the wedding gown your bride will be wearing.

The number of businesses offering wedding cars on rent are a dime a dozen. However, keeping the above in mind and the limited time you have to find a vehicle it pays to only stick with reputed wedding car dealers. This will ensure that you find the best car in the shortest time period.

Classic Cars: Original, Restored, Restored and Modified

Not all owners of classic cars think in the same way. Some prefer to keep them original (patina and minor issues), some completely restore them and some restore them and also do modifications. All three require the love and attention to detail of a classic car collector. No matter his preference the commitment, effort and knowledge associated with this very involved hobby is admirable.

Original Vehicles

An original vehicle is one that has been maintained so well that it has all of its original factory specified parts. Their parts have been mostly fixed rather than replaced and if they had been replaced at one time it will have been with the original part intended for the model from the exact year of its introduction. To determine the originality of a classic, enthusiasts look for “matching numbers”, serial numbers that are stamped on parts throughout the car that match each other and the number originally associated with the car in its year.

Pros and Cons

Original vehicles are extremely hard to come by. To produce one takes the most time and money because the original parts are as rare as or more rare than the car itself. Because of the lack of availability of models and their parts, many car owner’s claiming “original” are actually restored. A true original and a restored vehicle should look the same and nearly operate the same, but because of the difference in original parts vs. re-manufactured parts, the prestige and value of a true original is significantly higher. The value of the three types of vehicles fluctuates based on the changing demand of collectors just like many consumables, but original vehicles, even in their shabbiest appearances can sell for 35% more than their perfectly restored opponent, a reason why you’ll find a lot of speculation on which route to take.

Restored Vehicles

Restored vehicles are made to look and drive like they did the day they were introduced to consumers. Their owners however, choose to replace parts with factory refurbished remakes of original parts. Using the original as inspiration, a car restorer will match the interior, parts and paint as closely to its glory days as possible.

Pros and Cons

Because restoration parts are easier to obtain and the restoration route creates more of its kind, this vehicle is less rare and often less valuable than an original. This is also the reason a collector can achieve results faster and perhaps joyride in his car sooner and for longer, a pro that’s hard to argue if you’re familiar with the work required of an original. As previously stated, the monetary value of a restored is less than an original in many cases, but there is value in having the most fun in your car and if that’s a high priority for an owner than this is a fine choice!

Resto-mod Vehicles

Resto-mod is short for restored and modified. These vehicles are the furthest from originals. They are restored and often “modernfied” if you will. Some owners choose to enhance the engine, make it more fuel efficient, or add modern luxuries like a preferred sound system or safety features.

Pros and Cons

The sky is the limit for an owner with the freedom of modifications. He can build his dream car! Resell for these cars is difficult though and the return could be even less than was put in it so this is the biggest pit fall. The reward is grand and the risk too, is grand, but for many this is the perfect fit for them. The value of a restored and modified vehicle is very unpredictable because the vehicle has been tailored to its owner’s specific tastes and he’d have to find a similar buyer, something to consider when choosing this method and while choosing each modification as well, if reselling is an area of importance at all.

The debate and judgment of this sector of cars will always be, keeping this art form alive and well, but one thing is certain; classic car owners love their cars and that’s worthy of respect. After considerable research you’ll find that each collector has to make their car collecting decisions based on his own lifestyle and what he plans to do with it, re-sell or enjoy. Judge a collector not by the category of his car, but how well it’s been done and cared for.