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A guide to buying MGB classic cars

Whether you're looking to buy a vintage MG, an MG Midget, an MGB V8 or simply want a classic MGB sports car, there are several important points to consider and remember when viewing a vehicle. By bearing in mind the information and tips in this article, it may result in a smoother buying process and longer interest with MGB cars.

Condition

Body work

The most important factor when purchasing a classic MGB is its body work. Mechanical problems are relatively cheap and easy to fix. On initial appearance, the body of the MGB being viewed may appear in good condition and rust-free. However, it is important to determine when the vehicle was last painted. A bump or rusty section can easily be covered up by filling it and giving it a quick spray.

On-going costs

Insurance

Insurance costs are dependent on a few factors including age, storage, location, driving experience and expected use. You could expect a young, flat owner who parks his MGB on the roadside and drives it everyday to pay a higher insurance premium than a middle-aged owner who parks the car in the garage and only drives during weekends. Some insurance companies require the owners to be part of classic car club or more specifically, an MG club. Finally, it is important to determine from the insurance company the 'agreed value' cover. This will ensure a full market value payout in the event of total loss compared with an average value of the car without the agreement.
Spare parts and maintenance When shopping is done online, spare parts ordered one day may be shipped the next day. Generally, as it is a British Car, all MGB spare parts are easily obtained. Costs and quality may vary, but can often be cheaper than the equivalent modern day part. Garage costs can mount up. However, just because the vehicle is old does not necessarily mean that it will be unreliable. With the correct level of care, there is no reason why the car cannot be mostly maintained by oneself. To run a classic MGB successfully takes enthusiasts. There is a level of commitment that must be applied to have a properly maintained and operating vehicle. However, if this enthusiasm and commitment is applied, the rewards of driving a classic MGB far outweigh laborious maintenance issues.

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