How to Find a Classic Volkswagen Beetle

Everyone loves a classic VW Beetle, but finding an affordable one for a project can be quite challenging. Once you have found your ideal car, the work will only just have begun because everything from the bodywork to the automotive wiring looms will have to be restored or customised to your design.

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The VW Beetle has been used all over the world for many years, with production running from 1938 to 2003. In Mexico, they were used as taxis until 2012 and, according to the BBC, some are now being given a new lease of life for racing. Whatever you plan to do with your Beetle once the work is completed, here are a few points to look out for when buying this classic car.

Be Prepared

Buying a project can mean anything from buying a car that just needs a new engine to ending up with a heap of rust. Decide beforehand how much work you are willing to take on, and how much you are prepared to spend. Take a small screwdriver to help you identify bad areas of rust – just poke anything that looks bad, and see if it goes through. If it does, you will need to do some welding. A fairly weak magnet will help you to find any areas of thick body filler and take a small torch so you can see under the car and into the engine compartment.

Checking for Rust

The areas to check for rust include the lower edges of the door seals, the heater channels, beside the rear side windows and the floors, particularly under the battery. Under the rear parcel shelf and in the well under the spare tyre are other places rust is commonly found.

The Engine and Wiring

The engine may or may not start. Some people may like to take a battery with them and attempt to start it, but at least do a visual check to make sure that all the components are present, unless you have decided to replace the engine. Rewiring a VW Beetle is quite complicated, but fortunately you can easily buy a new wiring harness from companies such as

If you are unsure of what you are looking for, pay a reliable mechanic or restorer to advise you whether a car is worth buying as a project.

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