Old vs. Classic: How to Know if Your Old Car Is Considered Classic

It is hard to say how old a car has to be to be considered a classic for auto insurance, but most people agree that classic cars are at least 20 years old. Auto insurance companies like Safeco say that cars should be at least 10 years old to be considered a classic, but states tend to include much older cars in their metrics. No matter how old your car is, the Internal Revenue Service will collect taxes if you sell it or allow you to deduct taxes if you give it to a charity.

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