WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING MEMORIES

OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE YOU A HAPPY CUSTOMER AND INVITE YOU A DEJAVU' TRIP BACK TO YOUR PAST WHEN TIMES WERE A LOT LESS STRESSFUL AND A LOT MORE FUN...

Do You Remember When.....?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, mat swept and gas pumped all for the price of a gallon of gas?

When it took 5 minutes to warm up the TV?

When no one ever asked where the car keys were... because they were in the ignition and the doors weren't locked?

When your Mom wore Nylons that came in two-pieces?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

When nearly everyone's Mom was home when they got home from school?

When ALL the girls had ugly Gym Uniforms?

Do you remember: Candy Cigarettes, Wax Coke Bottles with Colored Sugar Water inside, Black Jack, Clove and Teaberry Gum, Cartoons and Newsreels before each movie, Telephone Number's with a Word Prefix (Trinity 4-601), 45 rpm records, Reel-To-Reel Tape Recorders, Drive-In Movies, Catching Fireflies in a Mason Jar, and The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex- "Cooties"?

Classic Dreamcars will strive to make your acquisition a fun experience and the most pleasant purchase you ever made.

FINDING US:

TRAVEL BY LAND....SEA....AND AIR

BY AIR: (National or International);

Orlando Airport ( Just 43 min. N.W. of our Showroom)

From Orlando International Airport (MCO), exit to Semoran Blvd. (toll 528 west). Follow signs to the Florida Turnpike (also known as Ronald Reagan Turnpike or "The Greenstamp"). Take the Florida Turnpike North to exit "267A" which is Expressway "429", follow "429" North to it's completion at "Apopka" and S.R. 441 (Orange Blossom Highway). Turn left and head North on 441 about 12 miles to "Mount Dora". Turn left on Highland St., go past the traffic light one block, you'll find us on the right side between 2nd and 3rd Street. Address: 206 North Highland Street.

Heading back to Orlando International Airport take Highland Street to 441 South (bear right) head South for 12 miles. Turn right on the "429" Expressway and follow it to it's completion which blends into the Florida Turnpike. Take the Turnpike South to exit "254" Beeline Highway to East "528" (right). Take "528" to Semoran Blvd. Follow signs to your specific airline terminal or rental car drop.

ALSO BY AIR (Local): Try the new Sanford / Orlando, (Fla) Airport ! PanAm just started service ( just 20min. East)

Leesburg (small private) Airport (We are 15 minutes South)

Daytona Beach Airport ( we are 1 hour 15 minutes West)

BY LAND:

Driving From The South: Take the "Ronald Reagan" or " Florida Turnpike" North, exit near "Ocoee" at the new Expressway "429", follow 429 North to it's completion at "Apopka" and S.R. 441 (Orange Blossom Highway). Turn left and head North on 441 about 12 miles to "Mount Dora" . Turn left at first entrance to Mount Dora on Highland St., go past the first traffic light one block, you'll find us on the right side between 2nd and 3rd Street. Address: 206 North Highland Street

(About 2.5 hours North of West Palm Beach)

Driving From The Northwest: Take I-75 South toward Ocala. Exit at Rt. 44 towards Leesburg, pickup Rt. 441 and head South. Heading Southeast to "Tavares" pass under the overpass at route 19, continue South, turn right at State Road 44 (Donnelly Street) drive into Mount Dora (Careful 25mph: Police Radar Trap). Turn left at traffic light on the corner of Donnelly and 5th, head up to North Highland Street and turn right @ the light. Travel 2-3 blocks and Museum is on the left - @ 206 North Highland St.

Driving From The Northeast: Take I-95 South past Jacksonville and St. Augustine to Daytona Beach. Pick up I- 4 and head due West. Exit at "Sanford" State Road 46 and head West to Mount Dora. Go under overpass at 441 and continue into town. Turn right at the traffic light on Highland Street and go one block to 206 North Highland St.

Driving From Western Florida: Pick up I-75 and head North to State Road 304, or S.R. 44, to State Road 441 to Leesburg, South to Mount Dora.

Driving From The Western U.S.: ......Don't, Just Fly!

 

TIMING YOUR ARRIVAL

If your bringing your wife, the best time to travel to Mount Dora is when there are SPECIAL EVENTS on the calendar. The 'little lady' can be shopping while you spend the day with us looking at your prized Dreamcar. If you're planning a trip to Disney World ( FYI: we don't allow children under 14 years of age) then you can log in a 45 minute drive to get to the Disney complex ( depending on the time of day). Note: that Mount Dora is known throughout the South as the 'heart of Central FL.' for antique lovers with bargains galore on your favorite antiques/ crafts.


CALENDAR OF LARGEST EVENTS IN MOUNT DORA


 Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival is held - Mid- October

Mount Dora Downtown Street Craft Fair - Late October


Mount Dora Plant & Garden Show - Nov


BIG Antique Extravaganza @ Renningers -
 Nov


Christmas 'Lights Up' Mount Dora -
Nov


Christmas Walk -
Dec.


Mount Dora Christmas Parade & Boat Parade -
Dec


BIG Antique Extravaganza @ Renningers -
Jan.


Mount Dora Arts Festival -
Feb.


BIG Antique Extravaganza @ Renningers -
Feb.

Annual Antique Wooden Boat Festival - Last weekend March (moved to nearby Tavares '07)


Festival of Exotic Cars- Orlando Mid October

 

ACQUISITION

BUSINESS ACUMEN

SORRY... BUT, WE ALSO DON'T BELIEVE IN ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BUY OR SELL CARS AT THE AUCTIONS OR INTERNET AUCTIONS. FIRST OF ALL; YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET TO DRIVE IT BEFORE PURCHASE! 2ND: WHY GET CAUGHT UP IN THE EMOTION OF BIDDING AGAINST A POTENTIAL BUYER AND DRAMATICALLY OVERPAYING FOR YOUR TREASURED CLASSIC OR WORSE, SELLING YOUR CAR AND GIVING YOUR WELL DESERVED PROFIT TO THE AUCTION HOUSE. SHOP CAREFULLY AND BUY FROM A DEALER YOU CAN TRUST.
IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC CAR IN MIND...DON'T HESITATE TO CALL US AND ASK. WE KEEP A LOG BOOK OF [WANTS] CUSTOMERS AND SOMETIMES ALREADY HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF A SPECIFIC CAR THAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO BUY. WE JUST ASK YOU TO NOT BE TOO SPECIFIC, PICKING OUT EXACT COLORS, EQUIPMENT AS IT'S HARD ENOUGH FOR US TO JUST FIND A GREAT CAR...... LET ALONE 'ORDERING' A 25-50 YEAR OLD CAR LIKE YOU WERE ORDERING "A NEW CAR".

TYPICALLY, WE CAN TELL YOU UP-FRONT WHAT YOU COULD EXPECT TO PAY FOR THE CAR OF YOUR DREAMS( BASED ON CURRENT MARKET & PRICE EVALUATIONS AND HOW HOT THAT MODEL IS IN THE MARKETPLACE), THEN WE WILL CALL YOU IF WE LOCATE YOUR DREAM CAR . WE DO ASK YOU TO BE READY TO BUY BEFORE ASKING US TO SEARCH FOR YOUR DREAMCAR.

 

"CARDS ON THE TABLE"

AS THE MARKET DRIVES THESE CLASSICS TO BECOME WORTH MORE, AS EACH YEAR PASSES, WE NOW FEEL COMPELLED TO POST THIS NOTICE IN OUR SHOWROOM AND ON OUR SITE:

"DUE TO THE EVER INCREASING ABILITY AND SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE, IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO PROFESSIONALLY STAMP NEW TRIM TAGS, COMPLETE PERFECT INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR COLOR CHANGES, ALTER VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION PLATES (DESPITE THE LATER IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW) AND EVEN CHANGE ENGINE CASTING CODES.

AS LICENSED, PROFESSIONAL AUTO DEALERS, WE DO NOT CONDONE ANY SUCH ACTIONS. HOWEVER, SINCE EVEN THE EXPERTS CAN BE FOOLED, CLASSIC DREAMCARS OF MOUNT DORA, FL. CAN NO LONGER ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEE CARS AND TRUCK OFFERED TO BE TRUE "ORIGINAL, MATCHING NUMBER" VEHICLES. IF THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE PART OF YOUR DECISION....IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THIS BUYING DECISION BASED SOLELY ON YOUR OWN JUDGMENT CALL OR ON YOUR OWN CERTIFIED EXPERT'S SURVEY...ESPECIALLY, IF YOU ARE GOING TO BUY A VEHICLE OVER THE PHONE WITHOUT FLYING TO SURVEY IT FIRSTHAND. . ADDITIONALLY: SINCE MANY OF THESE VEHICLES ARE PURCHASED AND SOLD BASED ON "A STORY" (HISTORY / ORIGINALITY / RESTORATION, ETC.) BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER, CLASSIC DREAMCARS REALISTICALLY CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VALIDITY OF EACH AND EVERY FACT THAT WAS PASSED ALONG. VEHICLES OFFERED FOR SALE BY THIS ESTABLISHMENT ARE AUTHENTICATED 'TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY' BUT, ARE STRICTLY SOLD "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTY OFFERED TO AUTHENTICITY, ORIGINALITY OR CONDITION. THIS RULE APPLIES MOST ESPECIALLY TO VEHICLES PURCHASED "OVER THE PHONE" WITHOUT THE OWNER CHOOSING, BY HIS OWN VOLITION, TO SURVEY THE VEHICLE IN PERSON". ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE: WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CANCEL ANY WRITTEN OR VERBAL CONTRACT AND REFUND THE MONEY IF THE CUSTOMER IS DEEMED 'UNREASONABLE'. WE ARE NOT A 'CONSIGNMENT STORE' BUT, WILL CONSIDER A CAR OR TRUCK FOR CONSIGNMENT IF IT MEETS OUR CRITERIA. ANY VEHICLES OR ITEMS HAVE TO MATCH THE QUALITY OF THE REST OF OUR INVENTORY. PLEASE NOTE, ANY CONSIGNMENT ITEMS LEFT OR ABANDONED OVER ONE YEAR WILL BE DENIED REPLEVIN ACTION.

 

DEPOSITS

WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY DEFINES THE WORD "DEPOSIT" AS: "TO GIVE MONEY AS PARTIAL PAYMENT OR SECURITY"...."A PARTIAL OR INITIAL PAYMENT OF A COST ....".

THIS REALLY SAYS IT ALL! PLEASE DO NOT ASK US, AS PROFESSIONALS, TO REMOVE A CAR FROM THE MARKETPLACE, SIT AND HOLD IT FOR YOU , WHILE YOU ARRANGE YOUR FUNDING / FLIGHT, WITHOUT EXPECTING TO MAKE A FINANCIAL SACRIFICE.  BASICALLY, YOU ARE ASKING US TO POTENTIALLY SACRIFICE ANOTHER BUYER.   IF YOU "CHANGED YOUR MIND" OR "YOU'RE WIFE WON'T LET YOU HAVE IT".... OUR POSITION IS : YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE COMMITTING. WE WILL NOT TAKE A CAR 'OFF' THE MUSEUM OR SHOWROOM FLOOR FOR SURVEY OR PURCHASE WITHOUT A DEPOSIT. DON'T THINK US 'UNREASONABLE". AS WE OWN A 'ONE DOOR OPERATION'. IT'S A HUGE TASK TO PULL OUT, ALL THE CARS IN FRONT OF THE DOOR, JUST TO GET ONE CAR OUT. THERE ARE THOSE THAT JUST WANT TO TAKE " A TEST DRIVE". WE ARE NOT A "CAR LOT".

AT THE SAME TIME: DON'T BE ANGRY AT US IF YOU DECIDED NOT TO PUT DOWN A DEPOSIT, YOU BUY A TICKET, FLY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY AND THE CAR IS 'SOLD' WHEN YOU GET HERE. UNFORTUNATELY, WE CAN NO LONGER "HOLD" A CAR ON THE BUYER'S 'WORD'...IN 20+ YEARS, WE'VE BEEN BURNED TOO MANY TIMES. WE DO NOT REFUND DEPOSITS.

WE UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM BUYERS INCUR WITH DEALERS IN THE MARKETPLACE "OVERPUFFING" THEIR INVENTORY BUT, WE ALSO ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE BUILT A GREAT REPUTATION OF ALMOST 25 YEARS 'CALLING' A CAR WITH COMPLETE AND HONEST CANDOR ( PLEASE CHECK US OUT !). WE ONLY ASK , IN RETURN, TO BE REASONABLE AND NOT EXPECT A 25-50 YEAR OLD CLASSIC TO BE 'BETTER THAN IT WAS NEW'.....YOU ARE, AFTER ALL, BUYING AN ANTIQUE MECHANICAL OBJECT WITH 25-50 YEAR OLD TECHNOLOGY. LET'S NOT FORGET WHY YOU STARTED THE ACQUISITION OF THIS DREAM:  TO HAVE FUN AND ENJOY YOUR DEJAVU CLASSIC DREAM CAR!

 

PAYMENT

CLASSIC CAR FINANCING IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH WOODSIDECREDIT.COM AND OTHERS .  TYPICALLY YOUR LOCAL BANK, CREDIT UNION OR THESE COMPANIES WILL FINANCE 80% OF THE PURCHASE PRICE TO A STRONG CREDIT CUSTOMER. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER "CLASSIC CAR" FINANCE COMPANIES BUT, WE HAVE USED THEM AND DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM. SINCE OUR CARS ARE PRICED, FOR THE MOST PART, "BY THE MARKETPLACE AND THE BOOKS" ACQUISITION SHOULD BE EASY.  SOMETIMES THE MOST REASONABLE WAY TO FINANCE IS YOUR CREDIT UNION WHICH ARE AT ALL-TIME LOW RATES. IT'S SIMPLE.... THE MORE YOU 'PUT DOWN', THE BETTER THE RATE.  WE ARE NOT ABLE TO DIRECTLY FINANCE YOU AS WE CHOSE NOT TO BE LICENSED TO FINANCE CARS. WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS IF SUFFICIENT TIME IS ALLOWED TO CLEAR PAYMENT, OTHERWISE, PAYMENT IS APPRECIATED BY VERIFIABLE CASHIERS CHECK ( REMEMBER: BANKS CANNOT VERIFY FUNDS IF YOUR ARRIVING ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY !!). THE BEST METHOD FOR BOTH PARTIES IS A: BANK WIRE TRANSFER TO: OUR BANK .THIS WAY YOU CAN BE CONFIDENT THE FUNDS WON'T BE 'LOST' BY AN OVERNIGHT CARRIER AND IT GIVES BOTH OF US A 'FEDERAL' CONFIRMATION NUMBER OF THE TRANSACTION AND YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY.

WE WILL GIVE YOU OUR BANK WIRE INFORMATION ON THE FINAL CONTRACT.

 

EVALUATION

WE ARE PROFESSIONAL APPRAISERS AND EVALUATE MANY CARS EACH MONTH FOR MOST OF THE MAJOR INSURANCE COMPANIES. UNLIKE MOST APPRAISERS WE DO NOT RELY SOLELY ON OUR "OWN OPINION" OF YOUR CARS VALUE. WE USE 2 TO 3 NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EVALUATION GUIDES, AVERAGED WITH A RETAIL MAGAZINE TO ARRIVE AT THE VALUE ON YOUR VEHICLE. EACH CAR IS RATED "1-6" ON THE CLASSIC CAR SCALE OR "1-10" ON , WHAT WE HUMOROUSLY CALL, THE 'BO DEREK SCALE'. UNLIKE SOME SURVEYORS / APPRAISER'S WHO FEEL THAT "THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A #1 CAR ". WE FEEL THAT "#1" CARS DO EXIST AND CAN BE RATED IN THE MARKET PLACE. FOR THIS REASON ALONE: WHENEVER A PUBLISHER IS COMPILING HIS EVALUATION GUIDE FOR THE YEAR. HE IS USING PAST DEALERS REPORTED SALES, AUCTION REPORTS, AND PRIVATE SALES AS HIS BASIS. HE STARTS HIS RESEARCH EACH YEAR, LATE IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. BY THE TIME HE GOES TO PRESS, IT'S USUALLY SEPT. OF THE CURRENT YEAR. BY THE TIME YOU PICK THE BOOK OFF THE SHELF AT A BOOK STORE LIKE, BARNES AND NOBLE OR BOOKS A MILLION , IT'S ALMOST A YEAR OLD. SO, (ONLY) IN THE CASE OF MAINSTREAM CLASSIC'S, IN THIS HOT MARKETPLACE, THAT RATING IS DOWN ALREADY ONE NOTCH. WE ARE PROFESSIONAL'S, WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CAR'S ARE SELLING FOR BECAUSE WE ( OR OUR PROFESSIONAL BUYERS) ATTEND EVERY MAJOR CAR SHOW IN THE STATES
( NOT OVER-PUFFED, SCHILLED OUT AUCTIONS). NOT TO MENTION, THE COST OF RESTORATION IS SKYROCKETING.

YOU CAN BET THAT EVALUATION GUIDES WILL START LISTING MORE "OPTIONS" AS "ADDED VALUE ITEMS" IN FUTURE PUBLICATIONS, AS A FULLY OPTIONED CAR, ADDS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO THE VALUE OVER A STRIPPED DOWN VERSION. MORE AND MORE WAYS WILL BE FOUND TO DISSECT A CARS VALUE. WHEN PRICES CROSS THE BRIDGE OF $30,000-$40,000 ( THE AVERAGE COST OF JUST THE RESTORATION) MOST CUSTOMERS EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO CRITIQUE / ANALYZE A CAR'S WORTH.
OUR EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT US THAT A CAR (OR TRUCK'S) VALUE SHOULD BE, AT LEAST INITIALLY, PREDICATED ON:


RARITY: "TRULY" RARE. (AN OVER USED WORD: PLEASE NOTE A KAISER 'BUFFALO' IS "RARE" ....BUT, IN VERY LITTLE DEMAND).
NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT OPTIONS: ( MOTOR SIZE, MULTIPLE CARBURETION, FUEL INJECTION, 4-SPEED OR LESS DESIRABLE AUTOMATIC ( A 2 SPD. IS LESS DESIRABLE THAN A 3-SPEED AUTOMATIC) OPTIONAL NOT AFTERMARKET WHEELS, WHETHER IT'S A CONVT. OR HARDTOP, DELUXE COVERED HEADLIGHT MODEL, RAM AIR /SHAKER OR BULGE HOODS, POSITRACTION, SIDE-PIPES OR SPLITTER EXHAUST, CHROME DRESS KIT, DELUXE INTERIOR, HIDDEN HEADLIGHTS, TWO-TOPS (IF APPL.), AIR CONDITIONING, AND EVEN ORIG. RADIO.,TEAK STEERING WHEEL, ETC....JUST TO NAME A FEW.
NUMBERS MATCHING AND CORRECTNESS / ORIGINALITY OF RESTORATION: WE COULD WRITE A BOOK ON THIS ONE...
QUALITY AND AGE OF RESTORATION
: YOU'LL FIND A MYRIAD OF DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF A "FRAME-OFF RESTORATION"
WHERE THE CAR WAS ACQUIRED FROM: ( SHIPPING CAN GET EXPENSIVE NORTHWEST TO EAST)
DOCUMENTATION -THIS ADDS ABOUT (20-40%) $3500- $25,000 TO A #1 OR #2 CAR. NOTE: PROVEN HERITAGE WILL BECOME 'KEY' IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO A CARS VALUE. AND WE FEEL "ORIGINALITY" WILL BECOME SUPER IMPORTANT

IT'S ONLY ORIGINAL ONCE !!


AND FINALLY , REMEMBER: ABOVE ALL......
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ....

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