Founded in 2007, ClassicCars.com is the largest online car buying site for classic and collector cars and trucks. It is based in Phoenix, Arizona and owned by The Car Collector Network, which also offers a publication and runs events.

The site helps to connect buyers and sellers and has a large inventory of about 40,000 vehicles listed for sale at any given time. Users can create a free account, save favorites, and browse through popular categories like muscle cars, motorcycles, antique and pre-war cars, future classics, cars under $5,000, and rare models listed for $250,0000+.

This is truly a website devoted to collectors and antique car lovers. The sheer number of listings in popular categories like Willys, Triumphs, Datsun, Austin-Healy. Aston Marton, and Alfa Romeo is impressive.

Listings come from private sellers, classic car dealers, and auction houses.

Keep reading our ClassicCars.com review for pros and cons of buying and selling through this marketplace.

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The Good

  • Largest Site for Collector Cars
  • Distinctive Listings
  • Influential Blog

Largest Site for Collector Cars

This website has a large, niche audience reach with car enthusiasts that are better at knowing a collector car’s worth than a regular site like Autotrader or eBay. It gets 3 million visits per month and more than 100,000 visits to the marketplace daily. This is definitely helpful if you are trying to sell a vintage car to someone who knows how to appreciate it.

In addition, the site has almost double the listings that competitor Hemmings offers.

Distinctive Listings

This site breaks up car sources into different sections, labeled with different colors. Users can easily see if a car is listed by a dealer, private seller, or an auction house. The site doesn’t directly facilitate auctions the way that Bringatrailer does, but it connects users with cars and auctions available in current or upcoming auctions housed on different sites.

ClassicCars listings are comparable to the $99 listings with Autotrader Classic and Hemmings, but you get more features; each listing can have up to 100 photos

Listings stay until vehicles are sold. Hemmings only lists for three to six months.

We like that the Premium Vehicle Listings are intended only for private parties and that any classic car dealerships must open a specific dealer account. Many shoppers, especially practiced car buyers, have a preference for the type of seller they deal with.

Additionally, sellers get to see stats about their listing on an online dashboard and how they compare to peers.

Influential Blog

Cars.com’s blog, The Journal, was named the second most influential automotive blog in the world by NFC Performance in 2016. In addition, the site offers a daily newsletter if users want to read more about new listings and content pieces.

The Bad

  • Listing Price
  • 60-Days Rule
  • Shipping
  • Mobile App

Listing Price

At $99.99, it costs more to list a car on ClassicCars.com than it does on other sites; however, you will likely get more views on this site if you are trying to sell a niche car. While Hemmings and AutoTrader Classic also offer listing options at a similar price, they don’t offer all of the same benefits.

60-Days Rule

On ClassicCars, your listing has a one-time fee of $99.99 and it is listed until it sells. However, the Listing Agreement states that for a listing to remain active, you need to log in to your account and edit the listing once every 60 days and/or respond to an automated email request from the site.

ClassicCars.com reserves the right to cancel your listing if you haven’t checked up on your listing or responded to email requests in more than 60 days. 

Shipping

While Classic doesn’t facilitate shipment directly the way that Carvana or Vroom do, it does offer to connect users with several different auto transport companies to help ship vintage cars after purchase.

Mobile App

ClassicCars.com doesn’t have a mobile app for sellers or shoppers, while Hemmings does.

If you want information about car events, keep in mind that ClassicCars.com collaborated with SEMA to make a MOTORin' app.

The Bottom Line

ClassicCars.com offers a wide variety of classic cars to shop. It has more classic cars listed than competitor Hemmings, and unlike the latter, its listings can stay until someone buys your car, as long as you stay up-to-date on your correspondence. 

Have you bought your dream car through ClassicCars? What was your experience like? Additionally, have you ever sold through this collector marketplace? How long did it take, and how was your experience? Leave a ClassicCars.com review below.

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