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3 Tips When Shopping at a Vintage Auto Show January 3, 2019

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3 Tips When Shopping at a Vintage Auto Show, Charlotte, North Carolina

If you’re in the market for an iconic vehicle built with quality in mind, a vintage auto show is just the place to be. People who are new to the experience should do their homework before attending to ensure they can take swift action if they encounter the car of their dreams. In this case, the following advice will help you navigate a car show with as little stress as possible.

3 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Vintage Auto Show

1. Make a List Before You Go

Vintage Auto ShowAuto shows are usually large, and at some events, shoppers are faced with more than 1,000 prospective vehicles. Because the selection can be overwhelming, take some time to create a shopping list detailing your favorite makes and models. If you can, try to get a map of the layout from event planners for easier navigation.

2. Wear the Right Clothing

No matter how many cars are available, be prepared to do some walking. Comfortable shoes are a must in this case, especially if you want to cover a lot of ground in a single day. Be prepared for constantly getting in and out of vehicles all day. Make sure you’re clothing is flexible and not too tight fitting. Tight clothing restricts movement, which can become annoying while shopping for a vintage car.

3. Speak With Dealers

While making your dream list, take the time to jot down a few questions while at the car show. Questions can focus on maintenance costs, depreciation, where you can find replacement parts, as well as any other pertinent concerns. Be sure to block out enough time to look at cars, as well as to ask the owners any questions. The time this takes can vary, and you don’t want to feel rushed when making a decision.


In North Carolina, car buyers look forward to the amazing vintage auto show held by Charlotte AutoFair. This biannual event occurs in the spring and fall and features over 1,600 vintage vehicles, as well as parts for vehicles with hard-to-find components. The next show will be held in April, and plenty of vendor spots are still open. If you’d like to participate in Charlotte’s most beloved car show, visit their website. Call (704) 841-1990 for more information on location and rates.

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