1. ’63 Beetle - My favorite vintage car in the Philippines
I’m a Pinoy who always had a deep affection for vintage cars. From my perspective, “a vintage car represents an era, not an age.” Whenever I roamed the street, I was fed up with a sea of mediocre Vios, City, Wigo, EcoSport…, so I thirsted for a special model rather than what my mates are driving every day.
One day, I eventually hunted out a yellow 1963 Beetle on an auto classified website and I knew that I had been waiting too long for the day I brought it home. This Bug was so cute that it always made passers-by sidle up to and heads turn whenever I passed by. Honestly, it was great thing for me to be proud of. I drove it to anywhere I want to go in the town, despite the distance.
A 1963 Beetle is also in the list of many Pinoys who are interested in vintage cars
However, let alone its charming look, I gradually had a little vague about its ability (and inability as well) after a short period of time. More than one time, it died out on me when I rushed to my office. Worse still, the handbrake broke off from my tiny Bug and imagine, I was left holding a dangling one. That time, I seriously took its safety into account and my dad advised me not to drive it. “You should put it in a big glass box to clap eyes on everyday rather than parading it around town,” said he.
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2. Reasons people hunt for vintage cars in the Philippines
Then, I realized that most Filipinos buy a classic Volkswagen Beetle (as well as other vintage cars in the Philippines) for top wrong reasons: as a fun means of transport, as a gift for their children, as something for investment, or like me, as something to pursue my hobby and to show off.
Many Pinoys think that possessing an old-school car is fun since:
- It is one-off.
- It brings you interesting driving experience.
- You can join big car events for classic cars in the Philippines.
- Restoring vintage cars and caring for them are therapeutic.
You can join big car events for classic cars in the Philippines
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Frankly, I really love my car and some say that it’s a valid reason to buy an antique model. But it’s not for daily rides. I have been trying to get on well with my Bug, but it appeared that it did not want to team up with me when on the move.
3. Buying classic cars in the Philippines a bad idea?
Look at me and you might partially be aware of potential pitfalls of vintage car ownership.
3.1. It’s hard to estimate classic car prices
Firstly, where to buy classic cars in the Philippines?
It’s not a difficult question. From car auctions or from any car classified websites like Philkotse.com. However, searching for a good model is not easy-peasy. Antique cars for sale are rare, so it is hard to put a price on them. A rough idea of how much a special classic model is worth will always float in your mind. Therefore, it’s suggested that you set a ceiling price and discipline yourself to depend on it.
It is hard to put a price on a classic model
3.2. You are not conscious of maintenance and mechanics
Even professionals sometimes cannot look through a vintage model. So, it would be more challenging if you’re clueless about four-wheeled machines. Perhaps the only thing you can do is just bring it to local auto shop or a service center for inspection. Yes, I did so but as you know, everything was still incalculable.
Generally, when going for an old-school car in the Philippines, there is a high possibility that you’ll have to do lots of repair and maintenance work on it.
When going for an old-school car, there is a high possibility that you’ll have to do lots of repair and maintenance work on it
3.3. Spare parts availability is a troublesome problem
It may be easier to find spare parts of popular antique models, but what happens when you ended up purchasing a limited production run? The answer will be “not many” or “NONE.”
What happens when you ended up purchasing a limited production run?
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3.4. Where to store it?
Don’t say that you buy a classic vehicle and often park it on narrow streets in Metro Manila. The fact remains that 9 out of 10 vintage car owners preserve their “fortune” in a secure place. Hence, make sure you have somewhere to put your car in before deciding to make the purchase of it.
9 out of 10 vintage car owners preserve their “fortune” in a secure place
After looking through all these considerations for and considerations against buying vintage cars in the Philippines, I hope that Filipinos who have a liking for classic vehicles will have better insight about them.
By and large, the value of a classic model is in the heart of the owner. It would be worth its weight in gold if it’s valuable to you – its owner. Truth be told, vintage cars are not merely a means of transport. They are unlike the norm, which accidentally makes them unique. However, up to now, I have still been pondering over what I will do with my Bug.