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How to Buy a Corvette in 7 Easy Steps


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What Do You Want?
5 Generations of Corvette

The first step to buying a Corvette is to figure out what kind of Corvette you want. With almost 60 years of production to choose from, it's like a trip to the candy store.

Photo courtesy of General Motors

Buying a car is generally one of the biggest and most involved decisions that people have to make. Buying a Corvette is extra-important because chances are good that you're making a substantial cash investment, and a Corvette isn't just a grocery-getter. Your Corvette is a special purchase, and you want it to be a decision you can look back on with pride and joy.

So, how do you do that? How do you know you're making the right purchase decision?

The short answer is that you can never be absolutely certain, but there are things you can do to make sure you have the best possible shot at making a good decision. The best way to start the Corvette buying process is with research and reflection. Ultimately, you'll have to attend to practical matters but right now, just let your imagination run free. Get yourself a book about Corvettes or read the Corvette history pages here and around the Internet.

Chances are good that you've already got a good idea of your dream Corvette, or you will find that one era of 'Vette speaks to you more than the others. The point of the exercise is to narrow down your search to a range of several years and a body style - maybe with a list of desired features.

Ask yourself if you really want an automatic or manual transmission, do you want a car to modify and race, or just a classic cruiser? Perhaps most importantly, do you plan to do a lot of restoration work to make this Corvette truly your own creation, or do you want a turn-key "new car" experience?

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