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I have been searching for a1969 Orange SS Camaro. Seem to have found one. Yet I am reading a lot of member posts on avoiding dealers. I would welcome any input on this 69’. In Pennsylvania at a dealer called Hanksters. Here’s the link.
I would super appreciate any advice. They are asking $49,900. Thank you members.
 

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I have been searching for a1969 Orange SS Camaro. Seem to have found one. Yet I am reading a lot of member posts on avoiding dealers. I would welcome any input on this 69’. In Pennsylvania at a dealer called Hanksters. Here’s the link.
I would super appreciate any advice. They are asking $49,900. Thank you members.
Looks nice but never saw under hood or undercarriage pics. Dealer. No matter what you pay too much.
 

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Do the math. In this hobby its real easy to get upside down on the value vs money sunk into our cars. Take the initial cost of the car, add in whatever improvements...engine, trans, paint, interior, whatever. It all ads up. Assuming you are looking at a straight shooting dealer that dealer has to add the cost of doing business into the cost of the car. Before you drop 50 k into a dealers lap you owe it to yourself to see what it gets you in the private market. Btw, based on the pics, i wouldnt touch that car at that money.
 

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Looks nice but never saw under hood or undercarriage pics. Dealer. No matter what you pay too much.
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thanks and on their site shows 92 pics and video
Perhaps you can look. Hanksters hot rods In Pennsylvania. Appreciate your help
 

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Do the math. In this hobby its real easy to get upside down on the value vs money sunk into our cars. Take the initial cost of the car, add in whatever improvements...engine, trans, paint, interior, whatever. It all ads up. Assuming you are looking at a straight shooting dealer that dealer has to add the cost of doing business into the cost of the car. Before you drop 50 k into a dealers lap you owe it to yourself to see what it gets you in the private market. Btw, based on the pics, i wouldnt touch that car at that money.
Thank you. Does the pics show something I don’t see as a novice? Also what’s best way to find private sellers ?
 

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Hanksters is close to bottom of the barrel. Right down there with Smokies Mountain Trader. If you want to spend $10k-$15k more than the car is worth go for it.
 

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You didn't post your location. There may be someone close to you who will help you out.

Unless you are very familiar with old cars, don't go it alone.

That car is horribly overpriced. Any time a 69 has a replacement grill where the SKIPPED painting the surround part of the grill, you know they cut corners. That takes about an extra hour to paint when doing the rest of the car (max). If they cut that corner, what else was skipped? That is just one red flag from looking at the first pic.

Be patient. Wait on the right car at a decent price. Also, BEFORE you shop in earnest, decide whether you care about "numbers". Nothing wrong with wanting a "numbers matching" car; but then there is nothing wrong with wanting a good driver, regardless of whether the original engine is in it. Decide what is important to you, decide on your price range, and go from there.
 

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Also what’s best way to find private sellers ?

Craigslist, Facebook, Ebay, in that order.

Don't rule out a car that is a few hundred miles away; just be prepared to have someone check it out.
 

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You didn't post your location. There may be someone close to you who will help you out.

Unless you are very familiar with old cars, don't go it alone.

That car is horribly overpriced. Any time a 69 has a replacement grill where the SKIPPED painting the surround part of the grill, you know they cut corners. That takes about an extra hour to paint when doing the rest of the car (max). If they cut that corner, what else was skipped? That is just one red flag from looking at the first pic.

Be patient. Wait on the right car at a decent price. Also, BEFORE you shop in earnest, decide whether you care about "numbers". Nothing wrong with wanting a "numbers matching" car; but then there is nothing wrong with wanting a good driver, regardless of whether the original engine is in it. Decide what is important to you, decide on your price range, and go from there.
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Be patient. Wait on the right car at a decent price. Also, BEFORE you shop in earnest, decide whether you care about "numbers".
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OP. Listen to these guys. I was 19 and the internet did not exist. These guys are giving good advice about being patient They know their stuff!
 

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Welcome to the club. Good luck with the search.
As said, watch out, and ask as there is a lot of talent here.
 

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Just a few days ago there was a guy that posted about a car he had just bought (from a dealer) with an engine that had 1 mile on it. Not long after he bought it, it started running bad. His car was at a service shop and they were telling him the valves had bent and damaged the pistons. Hopefully, your journey won't include a regretful situation.
First rule; Take your time. Since you are looking for a car and not a project, someone else did the work, and at this point in the process, you have no clue if the work that was done was done right or done wrong. This will drastically change the amount of money you will spend on it after you buy it.
Don't even look at a car once you discover it is being offered from a dealer. With private party cars, get them on a lift, and ask for receipts.You will get a lot of help from members on this site. They will go look at it if the prospect is far from you. Good luck on your journey!
Brett....
 

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Hanksters is close to bottom of the barrel. Right down there with Smokies Mountain Trader. If you want to spend $10k-$15k more than the car is worth go for it.
Appreciate the heads up. Not going there. Their reviews were poor too. On with the search...
 

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As someone who has recently learned what fender droop is, there is no better example than the grill level picture of this car.
 

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I would even be surprised if it was a factory SS. Reason no detail pix of undercarriage, interior, engine. As everyone has said, too much $$$. Keep looking. Does have to be an SS and orange?
 

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You didn't post your location. There may be someone close to you who will help you out.

Unless you are very familiar with old cars, don't go it alone.

That car is horribly overpriced. Any time a 69 has a replacement grill where the SKIPPED painting the surround part of the grill, you know they cut corners. That takes about an extra hour to paint when doing the rest of the car (max). If they cut that corner, what else was skipped? That is just one red flag from looking at the first pic.

Be patient. Wait on the right car at a decent price. Also, BEFORE you shop in earnest, decide whether you care about "numbers". Nothing wrong with wanting a "numbers matching" car; but then there is nothing wrong with wanting a good driver, regardless of whether the original engine is in it. Decide what is important to you, decide on your price range, and go from there.
Very helpful ! I am in Connecticut.
 

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I would even be surprised if it was a factory SS. Reason no detail pix of undercarriage, interior, engine. As everyone has said, too much $$$. Keep looking. Does have to be an SS and orange?
Not necessarily. But I do dig orange or even a copper metallic. I realize these colors are not original. However what matters the most is that the car is solid and done correctly. I queasy matching numbers is a positive, yet I don’t think it’s vital. Yet I am new at this. Obviously 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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Just a few days ago there was a guy that posted about a car he had just bought (from a dealer) with an engine that had 1 mile on it. Not long after he bought it, it started running bad. His car was at a service shop and they were telling him the valves had bent and damaged the pistons. Hopefully, your journey won't include a regretful situation.
First rule; Take your time. Since you are looking for a car and not a project, someone else did the work, and at this point in the process, you have no clue if the work that was done was done right or done wrong. This will drastically change the amount of money you will spend on it after you buy it.
Don't even look at a car once you discover it is being offered from a dealer. With private party cars, get them on a lift, and ask for receipts.You will get a lot of help from members on this site. They will go look at it if the prospect is far from you. Good luck on your journey!
Brett....
Brett thanks man !
 

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I realize this next 69’ is at a dealer. Yet if you guys can take a peak at it and help my Camaro educational process I’d appreciate that. To me it’s good looking and cool. Yet it’s a lot of money and just uncertain.
thanks again

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
 

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About $15k-$20k overpriced.

I stop in to a Street Side Classics showroom close to my Florida home. The cars are grossly misrepresented on there website and way overpriced. Out of the 100 or more they have in the showroom warehouse maybe a half a dozen are nice and those few are priced at double what they are worth. Talking to them most of their buyer buy sight unseen and the cars are shipped to them. IMHO if a buyer saw them in person he would never pay the price
 
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