Why Buying a DeLorean Makes Perfect Sense!
Not that I have to justify it....
decided that I was going to get a D in about 1988 or 89. I
felt that I needed a goal to strive for. Picking such a goal is
not a trivial task. It must be neither too easy nor too hard. If it's
too easy, you realize your dream too quickly, and then you're right
back where you started, looking for another goal. If the goal is too
difficult, you just get discouraged and give up.
Getting a DeLorean fell right in the middle. They
are available, as a glance at the links on the DeLoreans
for Sale page will show, but they won't show up on your Pontiac
dealer's used car lot. The prices are affordable (see the Prices
page) but not cheap. When I started seriously looking, an Autoweek article put
the prices in the low teens, but I think they were mistaken, even
then. I could have set my sights on a Duesenberg, but their
prices place them in the "You'd better hit the lottery really
Parts are available! The warehouse full of new parts (now owned by The DeLorean Motor Company) that was left when
the company went bankrupt is a godsend. I estimate that the prices are
about twice what I would have paid for the equivalent part on my
wife's old Volvo. They have an online
store, so you can check out the prices.
Service is not TOO much
of a problem. Well, here it's a bit of a stretch. For serious repairs
or a tune-up, I take the car up to PJ Grady.
He is about a 2-3 hour drive, or a 3-4 hour train ride (schedules
never match!) away. Minor stuff I can take care of myself. ( See
my Service History! ) Even
if you decide to let a local mechanic do the work, get both the Shop
Manual and the Parts Catalog! The Shop Manual gives the standard
instructions for removing parts and re-assembling them, and the Part
Catalog gives nice exploded views of everything. Both are
One of the strongest points in the DeLorean's favor
is the DMC Newslist!
D owners are active, and quite happy to share info. There are plenty
of DeLorean websites, too.