SHUT UP AND DRIVE
Some of my favorite trolling sites for AMC cars for sale.
What is the current market for AMC cars?
AMC ONLINE PRICE GUIDE
a Second Price Guide
Please note the MONTHLY Shut Up & Drive Lists (100+ AMCs For Sale) was discontinued in 2009 after a 11 year run, as it got extremely time consuming to put the lists together.
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Common Sense Buying And How This Mess Started (from 2002)
you can join, and support a non profit national club like AMO, NAMDRA, or AMCRC. AMO
and AMCRC/Rambler club both have a MONTHLY AD FORM full of cars and parts for sale.
Many times, if you contact the chapters of these organizations, some of the members have
cars for sale, and would rather sell them to a fellow AMC fan, not some snotty nosed
minimum wage burger flipper who will drop a 350 Chevy in it. Type yourself up a nice
wanted letter, make copies, and send it to them, asking if they can put it in their next
scheduled newsletter, or read it at next scheduled meeting. There are also online places
you can copy this to, see my "message boards" section of this website!
The AMC Market.
AMC vehicles were marketed by AMC sort of what you see Saturn, Kia and Hyundai doing today. They knew they were not Cadillacs, Lexuses, SUVs and the like and they stayed in, and sold, a lot of cars in their niche, a lower end market. You could buy a new 70 Gremlin for $1998.00 for instance. FACT: AMC vehicles are not worth a lot of money 30+ years later, regardless of how many might remain. VERY FEW AMC'S REACH THAT PINNACLE AND SELL FOR WHAT THEY "SHOULD" BE WORTH, OR WHAT "WE" THINK THEY SHOULD BE WORTH. MYTH: The longer I hold onto my car, the more it will be worth. BS. If that is true, click on http://www.carsinbarns.com and tell me these cars are worth a lot of money, or hell, click on my own 'AMC PHOTOS/photo gallery' here and 80% of those 'collectible' AMCs have been crushed. Is it a shame? Yes. Can they all be saved? No, get real. It is a damned HOBBY folks, not Wall Street...have fun!!! AMC values have always lagged behind the Big 3 and will probably always do so. The lack of a "parent company" and a "parts crisis" don't help much either. Many AMC Muscle Cars sell way below the $25,000 mark, with more than 70% selling below the $20,000 mark, even restored to perfection. The cars deserve a better fate, believe me, but be realistic. If you wish for a "Investment" AMC, good luck, however, please keep in mind the parts situation, and you can easily frop $10k into a concourse paint job, and restoration costs are $75/cheap to $150/average per hour. If you want a price guide, go to your nearest large bookstore and pick up Old Cars Price Guide, which echoes my sentiments.
So how does this explain Ebay? Only a idiot would think ebay is a market barometer. "Oh, I saw a Rebel Machine sell for $35,000 on there, therefore all Rebel Machines are worth $35K". No, the car did not sell for $35K, the "buyer" walked away. Many cars are "shilled" on ebay, and it is out of control, and ebay rarely stops it, although it is illegal! You have Joe Blow put his AMX on ebay for sale, then he calls his friends and family, who then "bid up" the vehicle in a effort to draw a higher price. Auction houses do this too. But for ebay, here is a file I highly suggest everyone read before bidding:
Ebay Policy: Shill Bidding
Good News?? Lots of it. It is a great time to be a American Motors owner 20 years after the fall of AMC.
Good news is if you do indeed buy a AMC, you will find fellow AMC fans are the best and you will discover the vendors on my Planet Houston Vendors List will bend over backwards to find you the NOS, used, or reproduction parts to get your car looking, and running, great. Yes, there are a lot of reproduction parts on the market, and yes, there are also a lot of things that will sadly never be reproduced.
You will have a unique piece of American Automotive History, and something **different** than those sheep who drive Mustangs which look like Pacers, riceburners, SUVs and the like.
You will have stares, thumbs ups, smiles, waves, when you drive your AMC vehicle, and you can't put a price tag on that.
An AMERICAN car built by AMERICANS.
You will have a car that stands out at any car show or cruise night you attend. American Motors built some of the greatest automobiles on the planet, bar none, and it is a testimonial as just how well they were built that so many survive 10, 20, 30+ years later.
Many AMC & Rambler owners buy these cars for the sheer love of the marque, and you will not find another group of people more loyal to their vehicles.
You will also find like I have when you drive your AMC that it gathers a crowd with nice comments when you stop, whether to buy gas, stoplight, restaurant, or wherever your travels will take you, someone, no...EVERYONE, has a Rambler or AMC story they wish to share!
Please remember that many cars will never be "restored" to original, and should you decide to buy a AMC vehicle, keep that in perspective. It is not to say you can't build a great car, it is saying it might take a little longer, and cost more than your average brand x you can easily find parts for. I have no qualms about "altering" a AMC vehicle. I build them for my own personal tastes, and you should too. In other words, don't lose sight of what you wish to accomplish with the car, and most of all have fun with it. I have seen way too many people thru the years want to buy a "original" car. Remember this when considering a "original car". Just like our bodies, everything will wear out eventually. You will have to eventually go thru the engine, trans, brakes, suspension, interior, paint and body. So you pissed away $10K on a original AMC, suddenly you have pissed away $15K more fixing 30 year old shit that has given out, and you have a money pit on your hands..This goes for AMC, Chevy, Ford, Pontiac, and many more makes!
Lastly, please remember THIS LIST IS A FREE SERVICE FROM PLANET HOUSTON
*Please be courteous when calling numbers listed here!!!
*Note "posting date" of each list, the higher the SUAD number the fresher the leads!
*The WORST thing someone can tell you when calling is the car is sold. The BEST thing is that it is still for sale. Suggestion? When calling, say: "Hi, my name is Joe, and I am calling about a vehicle that was posted for sale on so and so date and was wondering if it is still for sale?" *Great Transportation services available from CDI TRANSPORTS OF HOUSTON, listed on my Planet Houston Vendor List, they have transported over 50+ cars for me thru the years, great rates and service, ask for Hugh for a FREE RATE QUOTE. *Most importantly: DO NOT IMPULSE BUY, TAKE YOUR TIME, DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON THESE CARS, KNOW YOUR CODES, RUST AREA, OPTIONS, PAINTS, ECT. People are still looking and wanting, the same things they wanted back when the market was hot for AMC in the late 1980s: no rust, low miles, unusual paint/trim/options, originality and so forth. *This list is intended to give people options when it comes to buying a AMC, and to let them know that AMC is STILL, and has been, of of the biggest bangs for the bucks when it comes to classics. Happy hunting and if you come across something and do not know what all to look for, give me a call with the numbers and I will tell you whether someone has something of interest, whether the car is priced right, overpriced, under priced, where to look for rust, engine codes, paint, trims,
options, and hopefully coach you thru what might become the best car you have ever owned and enjoyed! I've personally owned 326 of them, 14 currently, with more on the way.
*Feel Free to use the SUADS to determine insurance purposes, or market value of what similar cars were selling for at that point in time.
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