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How much is your clunker worth?

You know that old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure?" Well, when it comes to classic cars, it's very often true. Our auto expert, Steve Strope, has some advice on finding a buyer for that clunker sitting in your garage.

"Just go to any car show and you'll find classic car restoration is a huge hobby across the country. And if you have an older American car, regardless of its condition, there's a good chance a car restorer near you would be very interested in purchasing it," says Steve.

None of the cars at a show started out looking like they do. Whether it's an antique automobile, hot rod or tricked-out low-rider, every car show car is the result of hundreds if not thousands of hours of restoration work. Take it from someone who makes his living restoring cars.

"At the top of my most-wanted list is the 1968 Dodge Charger, considered by many to be the best-looking muscle car of the 1960's. Its stylish 'Coke Bottle' design caught the eye of lots of buyers. Dodge sold about 16,000 chargers  in 1967. but sold more than 96,000 of the re-designed '68 model," says Steve. "Next on my list is only part car. The other part is truck. It's the 1965 El Camino. And while the department of motor vehicles calls it a truck, at most car shows, it's classified as a muscle car."

Last but not least? The 1968 Mercury Cougar.

"The Cougar was originally based on the Mustang, but had a three-inch-longer wheelbase and more of a European flavor than its first cousin," says Steve. "I never know where I'm going to find these cars. In fact, one of the strangest places I found a car is up a dirt road by an abandoned dairy farm!"

Whether your vintage car is in the garage or has been sitting in the backyard for years, you want to determine its current value. Steve suggests visiting some of the web sites that specialize in classic auto sales.

"So if you or Grandma has an older American car, even if it's trashed and hasn't run for years, you owe it to yourself to find out how much someone might be willing to pay for it," adds Steve.

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