Does it speak to you? This is purely emotional. Is the make and model of the car something that makes your heart go pitty-pat? Does it bring back memories, or long buried hopes or desires? Can you see yourself proudly driving it work? Or taking it out for a weekend cruise? Or showing it off at classic car events? If the answer to most of these is no, explore getting rid of it to someone who will appreciate it – or at least some other kid needing a project. And the sooner it’s gone, the happier you and your spouse will be.

Start with the hardest tasks of getting the dents out and filling the rust spots. Once this is complete you can move on to the lighter tasks. Once your Barons auction house auction is finished to 36 or 40 grit paper, it is time to spread the final body coat until it is just above level. Before it is completely dry you will take 80 grit paper along those spots. Once this is complete you can glaze the car. After glazing has dried the first layer of primer can be applied. The priming process will determine how smooth your car looks in the end so it is vital to do it right the first time around.

Most auction rules require 3 independent bids on the car, and then it is up to the lending institution that repossessed the car to determine if they will let the car go at the highest asking bid.

So you should weigh the good against the bad. Most shops that practice high quality restoration work don’t have a lot of customers that are saying bad things about them. But we are still human beings and accidents will happen, but no shop should charge you for an accident.

December 4 & 5, 2009 – The North Carolina State Fairgrounds located in Raleigh shares the Baron’s auction at the Graham Building and Exposition Center. The Raleigh Classic will have four private collections offering car auctions for over 250 vintage and classic automobiles. You can view the automobiles before the car auctions on Friday December 7 (8 a.m. – noon). This automobile auction begins on Friday from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m..

When making your own auctions price the same, don’t undercut. Here’s why: When you undercut you start price wars with other people selling the same thing and it just drives the price of your ‘cash cow’ in to the ground. You definitely don’t want that. If you see people undercutting the primary competition DON’T follow suit and start undercutting the undercutter. You’ll definitely sell your stuff faster, but you’ll have a much harder time using anything as a sustainable income if you drive the price of everything down. Don’t worry, your stuff will sell if you just price it the same as everyone else.

During the evaluation period, you will evaluate what needs to be done. Most classic cars will need the floorboards, trunk floors, trunk extensions that attach to the trunk floors changed out, and in most cases there will also be rust holes and dents. Take a sharpie marker and mark all the spots that need to be repaired or replaced. This process will determine whether your car is a beauty or whether it is a pile of metal. Take your time to ensure you have found all the problem spots. Once the car is painted you can not go back.

Tip 5 – If you know the prices of any particular niche, “heavy leather” for example, and you see some of these items posted at a really low price, then buy them up. All of them. Then resell those items a few stacks at a time (don’t flood the market.) This applies to any niche. I just bought a blue weapon worth 20 gold for only 80 silver today. I’m reselling it for a nice profit.

Nevertheless, there is still a need for you to be cautious. Attending a classic car auction can be very beneficial indeed but you have to make sure that you will really get a very good bargain.