How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Gary Your Own Question
Gary, Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 14902
Experience:  GM master tech for 15 years/ASE master tech for 20 years
Type Your Car Question Here...
Gary is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Im a Canadian considering buying a 72 Chev c-10 truck, swb,

Resolved Question:

I'm a Canadian considering buying a 72 Chev c-10 truck, swb, highly customized, frame off / perfect body work, combination of yellow and white. Very unique, has a 94 LT1 & 4L60E trans., custom leather interior, gas filler frenched into marker light, chrome everywhere under the hood, etc. The owner paid to have the truck done over in 2008 and he claims he spent inexcess of $ 60,000.00 on the rebuild. There been an article write up on the bebuild in Classic Trucks June 2009 edition. He has put 2000 miles on since the rebuilt. We negotiated a price of $ 42,500.00 + + + $ 46,000.00 by time delivered. We are 2750 miles apart and i've arranged to see the truck in late November. I realize that I'm probably over paying especially if I had to resell in a short period of time. I understand theres a cost for enjoyement. My questions are: Am I over paying? By how much approx.? Thanks your time and expertize. Lorne AuCoin
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Gary replied 3 years ago.
wow beautiful truck i might have to say right off the a few factors come into play.are you planning on keeping this for a very long time?is this an investment ? or a fun toy to go to car shows ect... ? im sorry for the 20 questions but i want to be sure to give you the correct answer
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Sorry for being slow to get back to you but I was out for a few hours.


My time horizon to keep the truck is probably 10 years. I plan to use it as much as possible on fine weather days, probably not in excess of 5,000 miles / year. I also plan to show the truck within a 300 mile radius of my home in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, B1L 1C1.



I have a heated garage at home to keep the truck in. Once I retire I do plan to take the truck to Florida, 38 driving hours each way, from November through to May. In Florida our double wide has a carport to keep the sun off the truck. If the 38 hour truck ride is not that comfortable I will probably just leave it in one of the two locations.


I assume when It comes time to sell the truck it will probably go back to the US where there is 10 times the population and more interest in antique vehicles than in Canada. So realistically I should haver a much better chance to get a higher price in the US ?


I would like to recover as much of my orginal investment as possible. If I keep the truck 10 years the restoration of the truck will be 14 years old and maybe have 50,000 additional miles on it when it comes time to sell it. It will no doubt be ready to be freshened. Whether I sell as is or refresh just before selling I'll probably be netting the same $, what do you think?


Sorry for all the ramblings. I'm all over the map with the discussions above but I wanted to describe how I plan to use and store the truck for the next 10 years. Hopefully the above makes sense.


Lorne AuCoin









Expert:  Gary replied 3 years ago.
its going to boil down to a few things.1st you never know what the market will be in 10 years its almost like the stock market the desire may be there to drive the price up or like comic books right now a dime a dozen and they are not worth much at all right now.2nd as for the price of that truck i do not think you are over paying much any project like that will have 60K or more invested in it as you are picking it up for @ 46K even though he invested over 60K in it.i have restored a few cars '/ trucks myself and you never get your money back or even close in restoring a vehicle.the only that may come close or be able to make money are either a very desirable car / truck that is all numbers matching ect.. to me that's boring to me.this truck is far from stock or numbers matching but it is definetly a unique piece and 46K is not to bad at all for this truck.3rd if you upkeep this truck it will always leek and be fresh and i bet within the 10 year span at a show one day a few times you will get cash offers for this truck.again like i said the market is soft right now 10 years ago he would have been getting 50K + for this truck. 4th treat it like a comic book or the stock market supply and demand all 3 boil down to the right time to sell it when the market is right and right now its soft it will turn around in that 10 year span and when it does the worse you will do is break even and you used and enjoyed that truck for 10 years for free if you can break even in 10 years that's very good.if the market is way up you may be able to make a few bucks.but it really boils down to how much you like this truck if you love it and its your dream truck i really do not think you can go wrong.if a little bit of you doesn't like the truck and you are settling for this do NOT buy it.but in a nut shell it boils down to is this the truck for you ?
Gary, Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 14902
Experience: GM master tech for 15 years/ASE master tech for 20 years
Gary and 8 other Car Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
< Previous | Next >
  • I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry. Stephanie P Elm City, NC
  • used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future. David L. Richmond, TX
  • 9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much. Phil Marysville, CA
  • Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible. Charles Walnut Creek, CA
  • As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
    Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!
    Sue Charleston, WV
  • Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, do indeed know your stuff. Jim Castleberry, FL
  • Excellent reply, and also very quick. Really sounds like the Expert knows what he is talking about. I will be back to use your service when I need more help with my RV. Dutch USA

Meet The Experts:

  • Chris (aka-Moose)

    Chris (aka-Moose)


    Satisfied Customers:

    16 years of experience
< Last | Next >
  • Chris (aka-Moose)'s Avatar

    Chris (aka-Moose)


    Satisfied Customers:

    16 years of experience
  • Ted G.'s Avatar

    Ted G.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    20 years auto repair experience, ASE Master Tech, Mechanical Failure consultant, Expert Witness
  • George H.'s Avatar

    George H.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    ASE Master Tech 15+ yrs, AAS Automotive Technology, Factory trained Asian specialist
  • GM Tech (Cam)'s Avatar

    GM Tech (Cam)

    Auto Service Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 14 years experience.
  • Amedee's Avatar


    Former ASE Master Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    ASE certified tech advanced level specialist. Wisconsin certified emissions state inspector
  • Jerry's Avatar


    Master Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    ASE master, 30+ years. All makes and models. Trouble shooter, shop forman, service manager
  • Richard's Avatar


    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12 years Ford Lincoln/Mercury Jaguar dealership as a technician and shop foreman reparing all makes