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I hate rust
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Posted by Ari [Email] (more from Ari) on Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:25:39 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Creampuff vs. Rust Bucket/Beater, -993-, Sun, 18 Jan 2009 20:22:31
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I'll take the car that needs mechanical work over body work. Ever priced a good paint job? It's more than a fresh factory engine. And once a car starts rusting, unless you do a 'frame up restoration (which is harder to do on newer cars with no frames), you'll be chasing the Tin Worm forever.

The 'bad' news is that the creampuff is usually more expensive. Having sold a few cars, I'd rather sell a car that looks good but runs poorly than a car that runs great but looks poorly. A good looking car will bring more attention, and supply & demand will make it more expensive. That's a general observation - each sale is an individual.

That said, my preference is to buy a car in good shape, mechanically and cosmetically. Keeping a car in good shape is much, much cheaper than getting a car into shape. If you're doing it for fun or a hobby, that's different. If a car is mechancially in poor shape, you can be pretty sure that there are a lot more problems just under the waterline than the ones you see. Now, I've bought cars where there was one minor problem that the PO didn't see. I've also seen lots of cars in poor shape mechanically, and passed - yes, I could fix them, but they got into poor shape because the PO neglected them - you can't fix a life of abuse.

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