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Lancaster Insurance helps customer towards target for USA charity road trip

Staff from classic car specialist Lancaster Insurance ‘clubbed together’ to raise £275 for customer, Les Durrant, from Chester, who is embarking on a charity road trip across America. The fundraising fun took place on the 27 June, at the Lancaster offices in St Ives, Cambridge, where activities included a Where’s Wally quiz, raffle, 1980’s fancy dress, a ‘bake off’ and Space Invaders and Pacman themed games.

TSSC TriumFest UK at Donington Park 25th-27th July 2014

Triumph Sports Six Club (TSSC) is gearing up for the most important weekend in its calendar, TriumFest UK 2014. Celebrating all things Triumph from the 26th-27th July, it is held at Donington Park, a location synonymous with motor sport heritage. Hundreds of cars will be displayed alongside thousands of products and services, providing a 'total Triumph experience'.

Great day out for Scottish Jaguar lovers

Classic car enthusiasts, dreaming about warm summer days surrounded by Jaguars and Daimlers, should look no further than Scottish Jaguar Day this Sunday 29th June. Organised by Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and held at The Scottish Antiques & Arts Centre in Doune, the event will be awash with beautiful cars, tempting food and the opportunity to win a series of fantastic prizes, including a £100 Lancaster Insurance policy voucher.

Tax For Classic Car Owners

We all remember that government campaign a few years ago claiming that tax doesn’t have to be taxing. Unfortunately, the reality for a lot of classic car owners is that calculating and settling the right amount of tax really can be quite taxing and, if nothing else, it’s a very time consuming process. Every classic car owner’s tax liability varies depending on their circumstances, but to get you started here’s a quick guide to the sort of taxes that commonly affect classic car owners.

Planning A Classic Car Restoration

For some in the classic car industry, the most important thing is ownership: driving, polishing and enjoying a vehicle is what it’s all about! For others, however, it’s about getting a little more hands on and taking on a project or restoration. Of course none of the restoration process is easy, but the first step is probably the hardest: planning your restoration. So, to help you make the most of your time, money and efforts go that little bit further, here’s our guide to planning a restoration.

Tips To Get The Right Cover At The Right Price

With the British economy slowly picking up it is still important to make sure we are still getting the most for our money, particularly when it comes to items such as insurance, which drivers simply cannot live without. Lancaster Insurance is on hand to offer some guidance to help classic and modern car owners save some cash on their insurance.

Financing Your Classic Car

There’s no question that classic car ownership is both an expensive and an addictive hobby! The cost of cars alone can be astronomical, but the running costs, factored in with the costs of classic car insurance can all add up. It is possible to attract finance in the classic car world, but without the ready-made availability of new car finance deals it can take a little bit of work and a little initiative.

Buying For Parts: Salvaging A Classic Car

One of the most challenging things about owning a classic is that even if you can identify a problem, you have a valid classic car insurance claim and you know exactly what you need to do to fix it, sometimes you just won’t be able to get the parts to repair your car.

Making Sense Of Classic Car Valuations

For whatever reason, it’s always useful to know how much your classic car is worth. Even if you have no intention of making a sale in the near future, an accurate valuation is the perfect tool for judging whether your classic car insurance policy is adequate and, if you’re an investor, whether your money is really working hard enough in the classic market. However, finding, judging and using a valuation isn’t as easy as picking up a single estimate. Shopping around and gathering different opinions are key to properly assessing and, ultimately, valuing your classic.

Buying A Classic At Auction

Though a lot of classic car sales go through privately, rare, unusual or difficult-to-sell classics are very often put under the hammer and the savvy classic collector can easily pick up a bargain at auction. If you know what you’re doing and you’ve researched your buys well, there’s no reason that buying at auction should be any more risky than buying privately, but under the pressure of the sale-room anything could happen! So to avoid coming out disappointed or, worse, out of pocket, here’s our guide to buying at auction.

Five Myths of Classic Car Investing

There have been some quite incredible stories in the news of late concerning the seemingly enormous returns that some investors are taking away from classic car buying. It’s been interesting to see, also, new money move into the classics market and the sort of cars that investors are picking up. If you’re thinking of entering the market, even if you have no plans to get anywhere close to the mileage limit on your classic car insurance, you should beware of five common misconceptions about classic cars...

Buying Bespoke Parts

If you’ve shopped around as much as you can, you’ve scoured the auction sites and posted on the forums for that one part you need, sometimes there’s just nothing for it but to go bespoke. There are still a number of specialist workshops in the UK that can make parts fresh or modify existing parts so they fit your classic flawlessly. Of course, this all comes for a price, but there are other considerations you should make if you’re going to buy bespoke...

Buying a Second Classic Car

While classics are, obviously, fantastic fun on their own, there is definitely something about purchasing a classic which draws you to wanting to buy another one almost immediately. For a lot of us, funds, time and space simply don’t allow that second or third classic and, as such, our first classic is usually the one we’ve dreamed of for longest. How should you choose, then, your second classic car, and how should it fit into your collection?