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Volo Auto Museum Hosting Fast & Furious Stunt Car

Fast & Furious 7 Land Rover On Display At Volo Auto Museum

We are proud to be friends with the increasingly popular Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL, and we want to share with you some of the fabulous cars they will be featuring as attractions in their collection!

This month, Volo is playing host to the 1982 Land Rover that was used on screen in Fast & Furious 7. The Land Rover was put through the ringer in the film. Used as a stunt car, it was “scorched and charred’ to make it look as though it had been through an explosion. While this car may not be as shiny as other ones the museum has had in the past (including the green Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Dodge Charger R/T, the Yenko Camaro, the Hemi Dodge Challenger, and the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 – all from the film series), this one certainly has a good story to accompany it. Volo is also still hosting the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker driven Dodge Charger from Fast & Furious (the 4th movie in the series).

The Land Rover will be shown at the museum, along with a tribute to the late Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious films. Next to this exhibit is another tribute to the late Heath Ledger, who played the Joker in The Dark Knight, displaying the tractor trailer that was used in several scenes in that film.

If you would like to visit the museum, ticket prices and information are available at volocars.com. If you are lucky enough to purchase a car that has celebrity status, get a free, instant collector car insurance quote from Classic Auto Insurance, and let us help you protect your car with the best policies on the market!
 

About the Author

 is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 4/30/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


What Can Damage Your Classic Car?

What Can Cause Damage To A Classic Car Collection?


Fox News just released a story titled the Five Things That Will Kill Your Classic Car. In this article, they highlighted several things that cause damage or disrepair to the cars you hold so dear in your collections. We want to share this list with you because we think it is important for fellow car collectors as well as expand on it by adding more of our own thoughts.

  1. The first thing they listed as a “killer” is non-use. If your car just sits in a garage, parts fall into disrepair, rust becomes a real threat, batteries corrode, seals leak, and tires wear thin spots from sitting too long. If you want to keep your car in ideal shape, it is actually best to take it out once in a while and drive it for small amounts of time, just to keep the proverbial juices flowing.

  2. Next, they list improper storage and rodents as real threats to your classic car. If you forget to, or improperly drain fluids, it leads to fairly rapid deterioration in your classic. If you are leaving your car in a place where rodents have ready access, you can expect to find chewed spots, and damage caused by them.

  3. They cover road salts as the next real threat. Neglecting to wash your car thoroughly after taking it out for a weather-encountering spin will result in oxidation of your paint job. It cost enough to paint that car the first time; don’t make yourself have to do it again.

  4. Old tires take the number four spot, with infrequent driving causing tires to look deceptively safe. Tires can dry-rot without any visible signs, and they can also develop serious weak spots, causing them to bust very easily. Not only is a blown tire an unnecessary expense for you to repair, it can also damage the underbelly or side panels of your car when it happens.

  5. The last classic car killer they list is the bad driving habits of individual owners. If you have a habit of redlining your car, starting it up and taking off while it’s still cold, or generally being too rough on your classic, you may be doing more extensive damage to the engine than you realize.


For the full details of each of the “killers” Fox lists, check out their original article.

We would also add a few things to this list, including:

  • Non-original parts: While you may have to upgrade with some new parts when you are completing a restoration, there’s no quicker way to kill the value of a car than by replacing original parts with cheaper, less quality pieces. If you have to replace originals rather than restoring them, make sure to find parts as close to the originals as possible, even if that means paying more for those parts. This will help ensure resale value, and will also maintain better function and life of your car. You can’t replace with parts that were not original, and expect them to function in the same way.

  • Inadequate security: You can’t keep your classic car just sitting in your driveway, or unwatched at a show. There’s no quicker way to get your car stolen, or have it vandalized, or even damaged by weather. Cars should be kept secure, locked in a garage, or watched with a close eye. We always recommend security systems for your storage facility, but at the very minimum, keep your garage locked.

  • Improper insurance coverage: You wouldn’t believe how many people on the road are driving with inadequate insurance coverage, policies that do not meet the needs of their driving habits, or don’t cover the true value of their car. If you are unsure about the adequacy of your classic car insurance policy, give Classic Auto a call today at 888-901-1338. We can help you customize a policy for your car, provide you with agreed value, roadside assistance, and other various perks, as we also assist you in lowering your monthly costs, giving you more capital to spend directly on your collection.


About the Author

 is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 4/28/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Fast & Furious Ride at Universal Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood Adds Fast & Furious Movie Ride


Universal Studios Hollywood is adding a new attraction to the park, a high-definition, 3-D section to the Studio Tour tram ride, by the summer of 2015. The expansion will include a Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, a Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, and a Fast and Furious attraction which will take guests through a 50,000 square foot structure that houses a 360 screen. The guests will then be able to view a surround-show in full 3-D, in combination with hydraulic lifts, which will make you feel like you are actually in one of the Fast and Furious cars.

Not only will the ride be an immersive experience for travelers, but the president of Universal Creative, Mark Woodbury believes this “epic storytelling and technological breakthrough” is the hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.

We are excited about this addition to the park, and the tribute that will be paid to Paul Walker as a result. We thoroughly enjoy the Fast and Furious franchise, and we look forward to visiting Universal Studios Hollywood in the near future to enjoy the ride!

Are you a Fast and Furious fan?  We know plenty of car collectors who are fans of this series because they highlight so many classic and vintage cars. Do you have any cars in your collection similar to those in the movies? We’d love to see them! Leave us a comment or contact us and we could highlight your collector car on our blog!
 


About the Author

 is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 4/25/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Coverage and Claims: Answers from Rick Drewry

Vintage & Classic Car Insurance Claims Process & Coverage Questions

A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted some great tips from our Collector Car and Motorcycle Senior Specialist, Rick Drewry, on how to protect your classic car during show season. We’re back with more from our interview with Rick, sharing information with you on the types of coverage we offer, as well as what our claims process looks like.

Classic Auto Insurance not only offers customizable plans that are tailored to each car owner’s needs, but the coverage we offer is dependable and thorough. According to Rick, “if you’re in the paddock, you’re transporting your car in the trailer to and from the race track to home, you can get coverage for that…you can drive it all you want...we’re looking for people who treat their cars like true classic cars and want to baby them.” There is no place our coverage won’t take you, except for the racetrack, because of the extremely high risk involved with racing.

The claims process with Classic Auto is a bit different than with a typical car insurance company, strictly because we want the absolute best for our clients and their quality collections. When your classic car is in an accident, you can’t just run to the local body shop and have them fix it right up; most body shops aren’t equipped to deal with older parts, and most mechanics and technicians are not trained to handle older cars. We want you heavily involved with all the choices for the repairs being made to your car. In fact, we want you to choose the body shop you are most comfortable with handling the repairs, no matter what the cost difference may be. Our coverage guarantees you will get the repairs you want, even if it takes longer or you have to travel further.

According to Rick, people “sometimes drive one hundred miles or more to take their car...because they know it’s going to be fixed the way they want it fixed.” That is our goal, to give you the quality repair job that you had when you originally built or restored the car.

As a result of the thorough repairs and quality process we offer, making a claim is not always a speedy process. Sometimes it involves lengthy part searches, and sometimes it involves the transport of a car, or a highly detailed and time consuming repair. No matter what type of repair your car needs, Classic Auto will be with you and will be a liaison for you through the entire process. Occasionally, we even have clients who want to make the repairs themselves, and we welcome that ingenuity and attention to detail! Rick told us, “If I have a claim, I’m going to repair it myself. I’ve built all my cars, so you need to pay me, at least compensate me for all the time and effort I’m going to put in.” Classic Auto will actually work with individual clients to work out labor rates and repair costs for anyone who wants to make the repairs themselves.

If you have more questions about our claims process, we have dedicated customer service representatives who would be thrilled to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Call us today at 888-901-1338 to get an instant classic car insurance quote on any vintage car, or to talk directly with someone who can answer your questions.
 


About the Author

 is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 4/23/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


220 Antique Cars Discovered in Oklahoma Salvage Yard

 



A car collection of epic proportions is about to go up on the auction block at the VanDerBrink auction house, a collection which has not seen the light of day in decades.

The discovery of this collection was made after Oliver Jordan and his widow both passed away (Oliver in 2004 and Ruby in 2013), and the city of Enid, Oklahoma was able to access the salvage yard Jordan had closed off decades earlier. According to city officials, Jordan had locked up the salvage yard in 1953, surrounded it with huge fences and barbed wire, and rarely let anyone in to see just what he had inside the fences.

Now that the collection is unveiled, we find out he was housing over 50 classic Fords, 20 classic Chevrolets, and just as many Oldsmobiles and a number of other highly collectible, extremely rare marques. The auction will be held on June 7th and will feature over 220 cars, as well as several rare parts. Collectors will be able to bid on antique Cords, an all-aluminum Lincoln, Cadillac V12’s, Maxwells, Devauxs, and Rollins, as well as many, many others.

For more information on the auction, you can visit VanDerBrink’s website. If you are thinking about bidding on one of these fabulous cars and handling the restoration, give Classic Auto a call for a free, instant collector car insurance quote on any model!


About the Author

 is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

Posted: 4/21/2014 9:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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