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sedated
01-26-2014, 08:06 PM
Hello!

I'm brand new to DMCToday. I came here after a disheartening attempt on Craigslist to buy a Delorean. Here's my situation:

I have girlfriend approval. I have secured a loan offer which is good for two months if I remember correctly. I am limited in my ability to travel to obtain a Delorean. I found one someone posted on Craigslist in Richmond, not far from where I live in Newport News, Virginia. It turns out that the poster simply placed it there, the car isn't even in Virginia. It's in New York.

I'd like to be able to drive my Delorean as my usual transportation within reason.

Does anyone have any recommendations, or have one within a reasonable distance of where I am in Virginia? I am willing to make a reasonable drive to see/purchase.

Thanks in advance,

Travis

Duplicate Account
01-27-2014, 10:37 AM
Hello!

I'm brand new to DMCToday. I came here after a disheartening attempt on Craigslist to buy a Delorean. Here's my situation:

I have girlfriend approval. I have secured a loan offer which is good for two months if I remember correctly. I am limited in my ability to travel to obtain a Delorean. I found one someone posted on Craigslist in Richmond, not far from where I live in Newport News, Virginia. It turns out that the poster simply placed it there, the car isn't even in Virginia. It's in New York.

I'd like to be able to drive my Delorean as my usual transportation within reason.

Does anyone have any recommendations, or have one within a reasonable distance of where I am in Virginia? I am willing to make a reasonable drive to see/purchase.

Thanks in advance,

Travis

Yes.

thirdmanj in Norfolk has voiced an interest in perhaps letting his go for the right price, and it is a very nice car. http://deloreanwiki.wikidot.com/wiki:1258

This is not a $15K car, though. To get a D in near perfect shape, you will pay accordingly. And if you don't, you most likely will not be using a Delorean for "usual transportation." The prospect of getting stuck in the Hampton Roads bridge tunnel is not very enticing anyway, so buy the best car you can. 1258 is a good one. If you give me your email address, I can send it along.

Good luck in your search.

NightFlyer
01-27-2014, 02:24 PM
I'm going to be frank here. I'm not trying to be mean or derogatory - only honest.


I have secured a loan offer which is good for two months if I remember correctly.

Not a good idea. Save up and pay cash.


I am limited in my ability to travel to obtain a Delorean.

Not a good idea. The DeLorean is a classic/collector/specialty car. A 'car guy's' car. If you can't travel to obtain one, then it tells me that you're not much of a 'car guy,' or at least not a dedicated one, and DeLorean ownership requires dedication.


I'd like to be able to drive my Delorean as my usual transportation within reason.

If purchased, would the DeLorean be your only/primary means of transportation? Would you plan on driving it in snowy/salty winters?

If you answer 'yes' to either or both of the above - not a good idea.

If purchased, do you have a decent set of tools and the ability to perform preventative maintenance, diagnostic troubleshooting, and repairs when necessary?

If you answer 'no' to this question - not a good idea.

That said, and if you're still determined, here's the cars that I could find within 600 miles of your location:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/cto/4296836832.html
http://nashville.craigslist.org/cto/4297022372.html
http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/4285160822.html
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/4269435521.html
http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4277431432.html

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=23601&endYear=2015&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=500&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=362504867&listingIndex=1&Log=0

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=23601&endYear=2015&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=500&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=360650904&listingIndex=2&Log=0

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=23601&endYear=2015&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=500&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=342939708&listingIndex=3&Log=0

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=23601&endYear=2015&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=500&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=343616854&listingIndex=4&Log=0

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?zip=23601&endYear=2015&showcaseOwnerId=0&startYear=1981&makeCode1=DELOREAN&searchRadius=500&mmt=[DELOREAN[][]]&listingId=361533688&listingIndex=5&Log=0

http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/delorean/unspecified/1605273.html

http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/delorean/unspecified/1531169.html

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DeLorean-DMC-12-DELOREAN-DMC-12-LOW-MILES-GULL-WING-RESTORED-TOTALLY-BRAND-NEW-MINT-/380827418331?forcerrptr=true&hash=item58ab153edb&item=380827418331&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DeLorean-standard-1981-delorean-dmc-12-project-car-good-deal-for-right-buyer-no-reserve-/201024848600?forcerrptr=true&hash=item2ece03c2d8&item=201024848600&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

http://www.carsforsale.com/used_cars_for_sale/1981_delorean_dmc+12_223076465_2

http://www.oldcaronline.com/1981-Delorean-DMC12-Triangle-Virginia-for-sale-ID591784.htm

http://www.2buycars.net/Listing.asp?Listing=61371

http://www.webstreetcars.com/anticcar_details.php?RID=1756

http://www.webstreetcars.com/anticcar_details.php?RID=1162

sedated
01-27-2014, 02:58 PM
NightFlyer,

I appreciate your advice. Financially speaking, I have chosen to do it this way for personal reasons.

I can't travel too far to obtain one because of my job. I am leading several projects at work and can't be out of pocket too long for any time in the foreseeable future. The Delorean would be the car I drive the most to get to work, but not my only car. Snow isn't too common here, but when it is snowy/icy I work from my home office or would use my other car. I have a large garage and the Delorean would live in it when I'm not enjoying it.

For the tools, I have a decent set, and my brother and father both have better toolkits than anyone else I've ever seen. I have done my homework about what to watch for with these cars, and plan on having a good maintenance regimen in place. I'm sure you've come across many people who say they want a Delorean but don't understand what it really means to own and care for one. When I say I appreciate your advice, I really mean it.

That said, I believe I have found an excellent candidate for my first Delorean. If it works out, I'd love to remain here as a member of dmctoday and share in the community. I registered at dmctalk, and never even got my registration approved so I appreciate the accessibility this site has. Thank you, NightFlyer, and you SamHill for your help. I appreciate it a lot.

Sed

Boo
01-27-2014, 05:31 PM
I saw one on ebay seems close to you, kinda.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DeLorean-standard-1981-delorean-dmc-12-project-car-good-deal-for-right-buyer-no-reserve-/201024848600?forcerrptr=true&hash=item2ece03c2d8&item=201024848600&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

I came across a good deal for mine, couldn't say no to a $5000 delorean. granted much money has gone in since and still more to go.

stevedmc
01-27-2014, 06:17 PM
It sounds like sedated is in for some fun in the near future. Be careful taking advice from Nightflyer. Up until a few months ago he was still driving around on 30 year old tires.

I don't recommend a Delorean as one's only car but it sounds like you have some sort of backup transportation available. Some people do get by with their Delorean as their only car. Drew G (Drewlorean) is a prime example. I don't know how he does it and stays sane, but he does. If he ever gets married, his wife is going to have a super patient man.

Back on topic, Nightflyer is also going to insist that there is no need to upgrade the plastic coolant tank in a Delorean. Thats about as silly as driving on 30 year old tires. Take my advice and change that coolant tank.

End of rant. Hopefully I managed to stir up some drama.

Welcome to the forum and I hope it all works out with your purchase. You are going to find there are some really helpful people in the Delorean community, whether it be on this forum or one of the others.

Boo
01-27-2014, 07:09 PM
Sedated said,
" I'd love to remain here as a member of dmctoday and share in the community. I registered at dmctalk, and never even got my registration approved so I appreciate the accessibility this site has. Thank you, NightFlyer, and you SamHill for your help. I appreciate it a lot."

I'm sure you'll find you are always welcome here on dmctoday.com
The dmctalk.org site has a lot of info but can be overwhelming.
I think it may just take some time, but your registration will be approved there too.
Many , many great people here on dmctoday.com (and talk as well) ... People are just a little more humble and realistic here.
Please don't hesitate to shout out for any advice or help.
Good luck and watch out for that K-Jet !

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
01-27-2014, 07:24 PM
... within a reasonable distance of where I am in Virginia? ....

99.9% of the time you have to go where the DeLorean is. Unlike an F-150, there just aren't enough of them out there to put all reasonable prospects within easy reach. But that's still not a deal breaker. U-Haul rents tow dollies for $50 per day with no mileage limit (you do have to lie to U Haul and tell them you're towing something else. Any 1981 AMC works). Contrary to community lore, DeLoreans can be dollied. I've dollied both of my cars, one of them all the way from New Jersey. Automatics need to have their drive axles removed of course, but manuals you just throw into neutral then hit the road.

Bill Robertson
#5939

tom kish vin.4357
01-27-2014, 07:26 PM
It sounds like sedated is in for some fun in the near future. Be careful taking advice from Nightflyer. Up until a few months ago he was still driving around on 30 year old tires.

I don't recommend a Delorean as one's only car but it sounds like you have some sort of backup transportation available. Some people do get by with their Delorean as their only car. Drew G (Drewlorean) is a prime example. I don't know how he does it and stays sane, but he does. If he ever gets married, his wife is going to have a super patient man.

Back on topic, Nightflyer is also going to insist that there is no need to upgrade the plastic coolant tank in a Delorean. Thats about as silly as driving on 30 year old tires. Take my advice and change that coolant tank.

End of rant. Hopefully I managed to stir up some drama.

Welcome to the forum and I hope it all works out with your purchase. You are going to find there are some really helpful people in the Delorean community, whether it be on this forum or one of the others.

Steve!!! shame on you!! stop picking on Nightflyer!,Everyone here runs 30 year old tires, and cheap plastic bottles and, and,and----------I can't type this i'm laughing to hard!!

Duplicate Account
01-27-2014, 07:34 PM
And keep in mind that all D's are poop. Some are just more well-formed poop than others.

Boo
01-27-2014, 07:42 PM
99.9% of the time you have to go where the DeLorean is. Unlike an F-150, there just aren't enough of them out there to put all reasonable prospects within easy reach. But that's still not a deal breaker. U-Haul rents tow dollies for $50 per day with no mileage limit (you do have to lie to U Haul and tell them you're towing something else. Any 1981 AMC works). Contrary to community lore, DeLoreans can be dollied. I've dollied both of my cars, one of them all the way from New Jersey. Automatics need to have their drive axles removed of course, but manuals you just throw into neutral then hit the road.

Bill Robertson
#5939

AWESOME , IM IN THE .1% !

My Boo was around the corner from where I live. Under a tree in someone's yard for 15 years, until I bought her and brought her back to life, with the help of the great Bill Robertson. Haven't looked back since ! (Except at the k-Jetters cursing in my stinky carb fumes as I pass them roaring down the street.)
I towed my Fiero "Blue" from jersey on a car towing trailer (whole car goes up on, not just two wheels like a tow dolly- just for clarification)

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
01-27-2014, 07:55 PM
Trailers can be woggley for someone not used to pulling them (myself included -- I only pull a trailer every couple of years). Tow dollies are virtually impossible to lose control of. They're also lighter than trailers (though U Haul's dollies are surprisingly beefy), which puts them within reach of baby pickups, SUV's, etc. And you don't need a trailer brake sending unit.

U Haul does charge more for one way rentals than local returns, so I used to just pull the dolly behind me light, even interstate. Last week I finally bought my own, so rentals now will be a thing of the past:

1200

Bill Robertson
#5939

Boo
01-27-2014, 08:06 PM
Well, I opted for the whole car goes on trailer because like the delorean, the drive axles should be removed to tow dolly it home. And besides whenever I hear "Dolly" I imagine a big woman with big boobs singing to me. LOL
I sat in NJ/NYC/LI traffic the entire way back so it went nice and slow. I got home nice and safe and everything went very well.

Greasy DeLorean Mechanic
01-27-2014, 08:12 PM
You only need to pull the drive axles off if it's an automatic. Treat them like an old fashioned drive shaft.

Bill Robertson
#5939

Boo
01-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Oh well, it was only like $ 10-15 more for the full car trailer. And as for what Sam said, Mine's poopy too, but I love my Boo.

NightFlyer
01-27-2014, 10:31 PM
All of the love that I receive from my fellow Today'ers can admittedly be overwhelming at times, but I wouldn't have it any other way - this is home :)

Remember, a DeLorean is not a DeLorean without 30+ year old tires, a plastic header/coolant bottle, 30+ year old belts, 30+ year old plastic fuel lines, 30+ year old coolant hoses, a 30+ year old radiator with plastic side tanks, 30+ year old door struts, and a 30+ year old French magnetic revolving device! Of course, all of this is just the bare minimum required for a DeLorean to qualify as real/true DeLorean.

Steve will be happy to know that for DCS, the 30+ year old tires will make a return to my car, in addition to the 30+ year old Bougicord spark plug wires ;)

@sedated - Glad you didn't take anything from me personally. Sounds like you've found a promising candidate for ownership. If you have any questions or would like us to provide you with an assessment/appraisal of the car you're considering, just give us a link or post some pics on the forum. Best of luck, welcome to the forum, and good to have you with us!

stevedmc
01-27-2014, 11:25 PM
Steve will be happy to know that for DCS, the 30+ year old tires will make a return to my car, in addition to the 30+ year old Bougicord spark plug wires ;)

Steve will also be riding (and praying) with NighFlyer all the way to DCS.

Dracula
01-28-2014, 12:27 AM
If you'd be willing to fly to Milwaukee, I have a lovely Stage II car for sale; asking $29,999.

Here's a link to the For Sale thread:

http://www.dmctoday.com/showthread.php?181-FS-My-DeLorean&p=7402&posted=1#post7402

Please be sure to read the last two posts.

You will not find a better DeLorean for the price.

sedated
01-28-2014, 10:37 AM
Thanks for the encouragement :). Deloreans have been my dream car since I knew what one was. As a little kid, I saw one while walking in to the grocery store with my dad. I asked him why that car had no paint on it, and he said "It's stainless steel, you don't have to paint it". I remember thinking "Wow, all cars should come that way then..." and knowing that I wanted one. This is going to be fun, I'm sure of it.

sedated
01-28-2014, 10:47 AM
Dracula, I will consider your Delorean if the one I've found doesn't work out. I have family in Chicago, I could always just pay them a visit and take a hike over. I know I might be in for a challenge when it comes to driving it every day, but I really love the idea of people getting to see one out and about. Like my post above, in my area you just do not see any. I recently turned 31. That car I saw when I was 4 years old was the only one I've ever seen outside of a car show. I'd like to change that for others ;). I'm so happy I came to this forum. You've all provided me a wealth of knowledge already. I hope I can help out as a member of the community in the future. My career field is IT... so maybe we can come up with some nifty things for the dmctoday community :D.

Boo
01-28-2014, 11:30 AM
Thanks for the encouragement :). Deloreans have been my dream car since I knew what one was. As a little kid, I saw one while walking in to the grocery store with my dad. I asked him why that car had no paint on it, and he said "It's stainless steel, you don't have to paint it". I remember thinking "Wow, all cars should come that way then..." and knowing that I wanted one. This is going to be fun, I'm sure of it.

Frustrating at times but fun .... OH YEAH !

Dracula
01-28-2014, 12:47 PM
I've been using mine as a daily driver every summer since 2008; the car had 1,500 miles when I bought it in 2007 and now has about 30,500. It's entirely possible to use one as a daily driver and can be an excellent experience, provided someone has put in the necessary work on the car.

Boo
01-28-2014, 03:51 PM
I could drive Boo everyday if I wanted to. She's carbed and completely reliable. My wife just won't let me pick up my kids in it, granted if I did it would have to be either one kid at a time or throw the three year old in the bonnet. Then my wife would really bitch! ... Kidding, I wouldn't throw my kids in the bonnet!!