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Vintage Classic BMW – Sell or Keep?

Written by maryp posted on Saturday, June 19th, 2010

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In the last 6 weeks, we have had 4 customers with older, classic BMW’s as the 1974 2002 or 2002tii. These 1970 era BMW’s are cute, mpg friendly, and fun to drive. Driving a BMW that is 36 years old has it’s upsides, but it’s not for everyone.

The downside is that one has to make a serious decision. Am I going to keep this BMW baby goin or not? And how much do I want to invest to enjoy just drive my classic BMW? Do I want to perhaps bring it up to a level that is close to perfection, (as in 90-98 pts) and do an all out full restoration? Yeah, that would be fun to drive to shows around town such as BMW CCA events, the Palo Alto Concours or just to turn heads. Sweet! So in that situation, it may be time to call the body shop for some serious numbers as restorations usually go. Mmmm….maybe not so sweet. Does it have some great memories or sentimental value that cannot be measured in dollars? OK. There ya go!

Every situation is unique and it’s a good idea to let your BMW professional know what your intentions are. If you don’t know what your intentions are, maybe park the BMW for a while and think about it. Mentally examine your budget, your lifestyle, (or whatever the case may be). If you do decide to park it, remember that when you do take it in for repair work, the registration should be current so the technician can test drive it on the street without the concern of getting a ticket. Most attentive shops will not take your BMW on the road without current registration. (A ticket is the last thing a technician needs, as it can definitely affect his/her working situation negatively).

Whether you are driving your 1974 BMW every day, or once a week, your situation is unique and we know your classic BMW is special whatever condition it is in. Turn up the Jimi Hendrix real loud, and enjoy those 1970 era BMW’s while they are still with us!

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