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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Here is one that meets your criteria other than mileage but at 38k that's like 1,000 miles a year! I seriously doubt that this car has been driven that frequently, most likely half of that was in the first 5 or 6 years and probably has several years here and there of being parked.
    That's a really good point Michael and I really should have mentioned it in my post.

    Even if a car has 38k or 44k miles on the odometer, it's obviously difficult to figure out if the car has been driven regularly. Most of the 38k or 44k miles could have been done in the first few years of ownership in the 80s. Who knows. You really have to speak to the owner, get a good understanding of its history and also find out if the necessary updates have been done to mitigate any issues that could arise from a sitter in disguise. The upside of Ryan's car is that it's driven regularly and has had all of the necessary updates done - so it's a great car from an owner that knows the car well and has cared for it. Definitely the kind of person you want to buy a used DeLorean from.

    I bought my car from Ben (Soundkillr) on DMCTalk. He was incredibly knowledgable, knew his car's history and had meticulously and obsessively cared for it over his near-20 years of ownership. He was honest about every last detail, even the imperfections and mechanical issues that needed addressed. You definitely want to find the right car, but most importantly you also want to find the right seller/previous owner.

    From Ryan's adů

    Be careful with any low mile or all original parts cars because they will need newer parts for safety and drivability. Upgrades can get very expensive and time consuming for a new Delorean owner.
    For me, this is one of the most important pieces of advice you could give to any buyer.

    G-luck with the search!
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    Manual transmission. Grooved hood. Grey interior. Rear antenna.
    Obsessive perfectionist and proud owner.

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    My car is a black interior automatic. Odo currently shows just shy of 24,000 miles and I got the car in 2007 with it showing just under 17,000 miles. So, 7,000 miles in just over ten years, right? Not quite. I estimate I have put on about 13,500 miles since I got it. Less in the first few years when it was a basketcase and more in the past few years since most issues have been resolved. My speedo angle drive system didn't work very well for a long time so that's where the missing miles went.

    Perhaps the car has more like 31,000 miles on it now. I would guess even higher, although not double or anything as whoever had it before me would have been having trouble with the speedo too. So, call it 40,000 miles as a guess. That's not "low miles" in collector terms, but like others mentioned, beware the one that is low miles. And actual low miles not just broken speedo pretend low miles.

    If I could go back in time (yuck yuck), I would be looking for a car that gets driven regularly, like say every Sunday the owner takes it out for a couple hours and puts on 50-100 miles or something. That'd be the best evidence of a car that has had most of the issues sorted out. Better than trusting some classic car dealership advertisement telling you about how great the car is, only to find out it really just sat for a long period of time and needs a bunch of work.

    The OP can have my car for that $45k USD he mentioned. My car is pretty in a lot of ways, like the interior and the engine bay is decent, but it does have some rusty fasteners still in spots here and there. Some frame rust where the epoxy has peeled back around the front frame extension and above the exhaust in the engine cradle too. Not perfect enough to satisfy your NZ entry requirements from what I read.

    Just to vouch for what a hassle free car is like, like the one Ryan is selling, it is a night and day different experience than owning one you constantly wonder what's going to go wrong next. My own car was full of hassles the first few years I had it and it can really do a number over on your nerves and well-being. I sometimes feel odd driving it now and in the past season or two because I don't really need to do anything to it. Just drive it. These cars make for bizarre ownership experiences. If you're after one as clean as possible, then good for you for choosing that and sticking with it until you find it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    My car is a black interior automatic. Odo currently shows just shy of 24,000 miles and I got the car in 2007 with it showing just under 17,000 miles. So, 7,000 miles in just over ten years, right? Not quite. I estimate I have put on about 13,500 miles since I got it. Less in the first few years when it was a basketcase and more in the past few years since most issues have been resolved. My speedo angle drive system didn't work very well for a long time so that's where the missing miles went.

    Perhaps the car has more like 31,000 miles on it now. I would guess even higher, although not double or anything as whoever had it before me would have been having trouble with the speedo too. So, call it 40,000 miles as a guess. That's not "low miles" in collector terms, but like others mentioned, beware the one that is low miles. And actual low miles not just broken speedo pretend low miles.

    If I could go back in time (yuck yuck), I would be looking for a car that gets driven regularly, like say every Sunday the owner takes it out for a couple hours and puts on 50-100 miles or something. That'd be the best evidence of a car that has had most of the issues sorted out. Better than trusting some classic car dealership advertisement telling you about how great the car is, only to find out it really just sat for a long period of time and needs a bunch of work.

    The OP can have my car for that $45k USD he mentioned. My car is pretty in a lot of ways, like the interior and the engine bay is decent, but it does have some rusty fasteners still in spots here and there. Some frame rust where the epoxy has peeled back around the front frame extension and above the exhaust in the engine cradle too. Not perfect enough to satisfy your NZ entry requirements from what I read.

    Just to vouch for what a hassle free car is like, like the one Ryan is selling, it is a night and day different experience than owning one you constantly wonder what's going to go wrong next. My own car was full of hassles the first few years I had it and it can really do a number over on your nerves and well-being. I sometimes feel odd driving it now and in the past season or two because I don't really need to do anything to it. Just drive it. These cars make for bizarre ownership experiences. If you're after one as clean as possible, then good for you for choosing that and sticking with it until you find it.
    I appreciate your comments and experience Jonathan, I did miss out on the one DMC Mid West had on behalf of a client with $20k work done, 10k miles for $43k. It is still showing on Hemmings website. Just need to find another like that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Bennett View Post
    That's a really good point Michael and I really should have mentioned it in my post.

    Even if a car has 38k or 44k miles on the odometer, it's obviously difficult to figure out if the car has been driven regularly. Most of the 38k or 44k miles could have been done in the first few years of ownership in the 80s. Who knows. You really have to speak to the owner, get a good understanding of its history and also find out if the necessary updates have been done to mitigate any issues that could arise from a sitter in disguise. The upside of Ryan's car is that it's driven regularly and has had all of the necessary updates done - so it's a great car from an owner that knows the car well and has cared for it. Definitely the kind of person you want to buy a used DeLorean from.

    I bought my car from Ben (Soundkillr) on DMCTalk. He was incredibly knowledgable, knew his car's history and had meticulously and obsessively cared for it over his near-20 years of ownership. He was honest about every last detail, even the imperfections and mechanical issues that needed addressed. You definitely want to find the right car, but most importantly you also want to find the right seller/previous owner.

    From Ryan's ad…



    For me, this is one of the most important pieces of advice you could give to any buyer.

    G-luck with the search!
    This is one of the best pieces of advice I have received, thank you. I have also been told to start with a good one so as not to throw good money at bad. Whatever I buy it will be going to DMC for a thorough going over before shipping to New Zealand unless they find one for me that I can afford.
    Last edited by Ron; 05-13-2018 at 10:25 AM. Reason: Quotation broke

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    Quote Originally Posted by peternikkiskinner View Post
    This is one of the best pieces of advice I have received, thank you. I have also been told to start with a good one so as not to throw good money at bad. Whatever I buy it will be going to DMC for a thorough going over before shipping to New Zealand unless they find one for me that I can afford.
    I have been looking for a bit now and seriously only recently. DMC will tell you straight up condition trumps everything, and mileage is really secondary. I used to be the same way wanting a car with super low miles, but I've realized in my search I'd be better off buying one that's been driven a bit and had all the bugs/updates sorted out already. I've also got DMC MW an hour from me, which is awesome. Ryan is a great guy from what I can tell, and I've spoken to him a several times through PM and phone. He's gone through a lot with his car getting things sorted and has spent a lot of time and money on her. If his car does not sell this weekend, I'm going out to California later this week and going for it, shipping costs be damned. Life's too short not to go for the things you really want. I've had a really tough week working in Chicago if you've been paying attention to the news.
    Last edited by Ron; 05-13-2018 at 10:25 AM. Reason: Quotation broke

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    I have now purchased VIN 4273. Thank you for the assistance and encouragement.

    Thank you, I have now purchased, this thread can be closed.

    Quote Originally Posted by peternikkiskinner View Post
    Hello everyone,
    i am looking to purchase a delorean, auto, prefer black interior, (will consider grey) ideally with under 10k miles. It would be great to find a delorean which has also been through a complete refurbishment from one of the respected delorean companies in the u.s.a. Or perhaps a member who has done this work themselves. Documentation and as much history of the car from new is a must. Most importantly the under carriage must be free of rust, corrosion and accident damage/repair. The condition of the chassis is vital as i will have serious issues importing into new zealand.

    I am happy to consider a delorean which needs refurbishment but will have to allow $10k - $25k depending on the work required. Trying to get this level of work done in new zealand would not be easy and having the experts in the u.s.a. Complete it before shipping would be advisable.

    Budget is under $45k, perhaps a tall order but i am willing to wait and be patient. I would like to enjoy my delorean going for a sunday drive and attending the odd charity event to raise funds for various needy causes. There is a small number of deloreans here in new zealand so catching up with these folk would be fun too. Any thoughts or leads would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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