Sadly, these days people are buying for investments, but you can't really tell what's a worthy investment, as one minute you lose a load of money and the next you might be lucky. But predominantly, if you ask any collector, they buy because they like them. This might sound crazy, but I never drive any of my cars until I’ve paid for them, because I like the excitement of being able to get in and drive it for the first time knowing I own it. I don't take them out for test drives – I’ll get somebody else to do it and I’ll get advice from other people. My biggest advice to anybody that's going into this sort of stuff is it can be a bit of a minefield and there are sadly a lot of sharks out there that will see you coming. Take advice from other car collectors and they’ll tell you where to look and where they service their cars. The car game isn’t that well regulated and you can get stung if you don't know what you're doing or looking for.
First up, set yourself a budget and stick to it because, like any auction, it's so easy to just keep going and going. Take that budget and take into consideration that it's going to cost you a little bit per year to run and maintain it. Look after it, but above all use it. Most of these cars will have a problem if they’re sat there doing nothing. Think about what you want to use it for – if you live in the middle of the countryside, do you want something that's really loud and really low? Are you going to take trips out with the family – and if so, does it need four seats? And whether the price goes up, down, left or right, or you try it for the first time and the oil spills out on the floor, it doesn’t matter if you still love it. That’s the nature of a classic car.