One thing that has really changed over the years is interest in classic/collector cars around the world. This has driven up prices and a lot of cars have been shipped around the world. I look at online sites every day, and there are good buys on cars everywhere. Vintage trucks are all over the place out here, and are some of the best buys, to jump into the classic car/truck scene. Classic/collector cars are not going anywhere, especially on the custom side. As long as there are individual forms of transportation, you will have people who will want to personalize/customize those forms of transportation. That can even be done with restorations when it comes to wheels/tires, paint colors and interiors. The biggest thing a person can do to cut down the cost, is to learn how to do the work yourself. You can really do a lot of things with just basic tools. I bet if a thread was started that focused on a price range, say $8000-12,000 dollars. And people just posted links to cars/trucks for sale in that price range, you would see that there are some good buys out there, and a lot to chose from. A price range of 18,000-25,000 dollars, a person can step into just about every brand of car. It all comes down to a choice, if you are driving a 2011 whatever? that cost you 18-25k to buy. You made a choice to buy that. You can drive an old car every day, they were driven every day when they were new. It is a choice/lifestyle. I doubt you could find someone out here more devoted to classic cars, and trying to point out the problems with in the hobby/industry/trade then me. I have devoted most of my life to the cars, and in a strange way, I have paid a very large price for that. I will always have a vintage car of some kind, driving down the road is just better when you are behind the wheel of a vintage/classic/collector car.