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2CV Buyer's Guide (Part 3)
Where to find the car you want.
Main Dealer Showroom
As the last new 2CV was produced in the
early 1990s, it is very unlikely that you will find any 2CVs
for sale in a dealer showroom. However, the odd 2CV may
be taken in part exchange, or as an MOT Failure, so it
may be worth asking. If you're lucky, a member of
showroom staff might be an enthusiast, and give you some
buying advice. While you're in there, have a look at the
Ironically, you're more likely to find a
2CV at a non-Citroen showroom. Beware of paying a high
price for a shiny car with a rotten chassis! The chances
are you're being sold the car by someone who doesn't
really understand it. Take someone who does with you.
2CVs are often picked up cheaply at auction, or even
"thrown in" with another car, having been taken
in part exchange. You may pay a lot more for a good
polish and 12 months MOT.
If you have trade contacts, or feel
brave, you may find the odd 2CV at a car, or, better, a
"classic car" auction. These are often "trade"
affairs, but if you know what you're doing, it's worth a
try. Have a good look at the car first, and decide on (and
stick to!) a maximim. As with private buying, cars are
sold "as seen", so buyer beware!
One of the best places for finding cars
from private sellers. Browse through free local
newspapers, or, for a wider choice, publications such as
"Free Ads", "Autotrader" or "Exchange
and Mart". Always check whether the seller is
private, or trade, look at the car, and if you don't find
the car you want, there will be another free paper next
Have a look at some online classifieds, such as Autotrader Online.
An independant specialist will often have
a range of good used and restored cars, and may even be
able to "build" or restore a car to your exact
specification. "Restored" cars will often have
been fitted with a replacement chassis as a matter of
course. Find out about specialists in your area, and talk
to people who have used them. Don't expect to pick up a
good car for next to nothing, but find a solid, well
Joining a club is highly recommended.
Clubs, such as 2CVGB,
are run by a team of dedicated voulnteers, and provide an
opportunity to exchange information and help, as well as
to buy and sell cars. Most car clubs will run a
classified ads service, but, of course, buyer beware!
Remember though, that such clubs are not provided as a
free public service. Join up, and discover what it has to
Specialist publications, such as classic
car magazines, or Planet 2CV/Citropolis magazine will
also provide buying advice, and an advertising service.
Remember that these are often national, or international
publications. You'll have a world of opportunity, but you
may have the world to travel.