Building a car collection: tips for beginners and enthusiasts

  • Are you planning to build a car collection or have already started one?
  • Then you will need to know a few tips
  • These tips can help you build a nice car collection and save you a lot of headache

Published on Jun 17, 2024 at 3:14 PM (UTC+4)
by Nalin Rawat

Last updated on Jun 17, 2024 at 6:07 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

So, you are a motorhead or an automobile enthusiast who is planning to — or has already started building – a car collection? You might need to know a few tips for building your car collection, especially if you are a beginner.

There are several things you should know if you plan to build a collection of great motor cars. 

Here are a few tips to get started.

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Tips for building a car collection

Learn the basics of car maintenance

If you plan on building a car collection you must understand how a car works.

Most cars are similar so you won’t have to learn about every car separately.

However, if you plan on buying something exquisite, like a concept or a vintage car, you might need a manual for that particular model.

Learning how to check and change your car’s oil, air filter, and other basic maintenance tasks will help keep your car running smoothly.

Plus, it will also save you money on repairs.

We also have a separate guide on maintaining and preserving your car collection if you want to check that out.

Setting a budget for your car collection

Be realistic about your financial situation and prioritize what you can afford.

Of course, building a car collection is not cheap, ask Asia’s richest man.

He can probably afford some more, though!

Each vehicle also comes with maintenance costs, insurance premiums, storage fees, and any potential restoration expenses.

Obviously, if you plan to sell your car collection in the future, they will be a great investment.

We have already seen many luxury and vintage cars selling for large sums on our auction platform — SBX Cars.

Researching different types of cars to collect

When building a car collection one should research different kinds of cars and their unique features.

Learning about these things can also help you find the type of car that best suits your needs and interests.

Do you want vintage classics, modern luxury vehicles, sports cars, or perhaps unique limited edition models?

Knowing what type of vehicle you want will help you select the most suitable cars to collect.

Conduct thorough market research and look into a car’s history, rarity, condition, and potential investment value before adding it to your collection.

Looking into market trends and values of different types of cars can help you make informed decisions.

Think about where to store your car collection

Most garages only have space for one or two cars so you might need a bigger place if you want to store a bigger car collection.

You will also have to protect your cars from moisture, dust, and extreme temperatures.

So make sure the storage space is dry and without moisture.

Just take a look at this underground garage that even has an aircraft elevator that’s capable of carrying up to 250,000 lbs (over 110t).

Obviously, you don’t need something as grand as that.

You can make do with a brick garage or a concrete unit with enough airflow to store your car collection.

Pro-tip for beginner car collectors

Join a car club or online community — to meet fellow car collectors and learn from their experiences.

Half the fun of collecting cars is meeting other people who have similar interests.

So check out what other people in your area are collecting.

This will help you build a network that can provide you with technical advice and leads for where to find rare or discontinued parts.

And that’s all the tips for building a car collection for beginners and enthusiasts.


Nalin Rawat

Nalin started his career by working with various national newspapers in India. He has also worked as a writer/editor for many popular websites, while still pursuing his journalism and mass communication degree. Working as a digital nomad has allowed him to inform and educate through his work. When he is not writing, you can find him playing video games or travelling the mountains on his bike.