Wheeler Dealers hosts unveils big mistake made by classic car owners

Wheeler Dealers hosts Mike Brewer and Marc Priestley have revealed one of the mistakes often made by classic car owners. 

The duo called out owners who refused to drive their historic vehicles after splashing out on a vintage model. 

Many owners instead opt to store them away in garages to keep them safe but the TV hosts have suggested this was not a good idea.

Mr Priestley, nicknamed Elvis, said it was the “worst thing in the world” and warned buying vehicles as collector pieces was part of the issue. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Priestley said: “Don’t necessarily just look for the trends. Don’t think about buying a classic car purely to make money.

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“Buy something you love, buy something you’re interested in because when you love the car you’re much more likely to be willing to spend time on it, to look after it, to drive it. 

“These classic cars love being driven. It’s the worst thing in the world to buy something classic and just tuck it away where no one ever gets to see it and it never turns a wheel. 

“Buy the car that you’re interested in way before thinking about what’s going to make you the most money, what’s the most popular.

“By doing that, by buying something you’re emotionally invested in you’re much more likely to keep that car alive, to preserve it, to look after it and get it out there on the road where it absolutely should be.”

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The Driving the Future survey found that a staggering 30 percent of classic car owners saw them primarily as an investment. 

However, a separate poll from classic car specialists Footman James found this was not the case. 

Their report published last year found just three percent of respondents said that owning a classic car was an investment. 

Meanwhile, a massive 64 percent said they considered it to be a hobby with 20 percent claiming nostalgia was another motivator.

Wheeler Dealers host Mike Brewer has also pushed owners to get behind the wheel of their classics.

He told Express.co.uk: “The saddest thing in the world is the person who dies with the lowest mileage Porsche.

“They are there to be driven. I know that first hand because I’ve got a collection.”

Wheeler Dealers is shown on Quest every Monday at 9pm with episodes streaming on Discovery+.

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