Thursday, July 31, 2008

Make Money With Your Classic Car, Old Truck Or Hot Rod

Classic Trucks in the movies and starring in TV Commercials!
Owners of old trucks would never deny permission for somebody to take a picture of their vehicle. Do you want to take a picture of my truck? Go ahead. Next time don't even ask.

Let's suppose somebody came up to you and asked for permission to take a picture of your classic truck to publish in a magazine or a website. Would you refuse? Of course not. You're proud of your truck and you want the whole world to see it.

But there are people who don't want to have their classic trucks photographed or filmed. They spend a lot of time fixing their trucks, they go to car shows to show off what they have and yet they refuse to have their trucks filmed or photographed. It doesn't make sense and it's not very smart either. Maybe they don't need the money.

Now let's suppose you had a chance of having your truck filmed for a TV commercial or, better yet, for a movie! How great would that be?
Let's also suppose that some TV producer decided to create a new series based on the 1940's, 1950's or 1960's. Wouldn't he(she) need a lot of cars from those eras? And if the series became a hit the vehicles would be used again and again.

Yeah. It it possible and it's not even too hard. You just have to promote your vehicle in the right places. There are companies out there looking for vehicles exactly like yours. Many companies in fact. They look for classic trucks for sale and they buy them. They look for classic cars of all types and they pay rent to the car owners in order to film the cars. There are companies that go after owners of vintage trucks in order to list these vehicles in large databases.

Advertising agencies put ads in the papers when they need an old car or pickup truck for a TV commercial. Keep your eyes open because your big chance may come from that direction. If you have a good set of pictures of your little jewel you're one step closer to fame and fortune. Well, may be not fortune but fame is possible...

A movie production company may need classic trucks just like yours. They might need your truck to spend, say, three days in Hollywood and a week on location in New York. They would make the arrangements to have the vehicle transported to both places and might even be willing to pay for your expenses to go along. You would see how a movie is made and you could even end up meeting a couple of famous movie stars just because you own an antique truck.

The producer of a movie or a TV commercial may be looking for a beautifully restored old car, one that looks like it came out of the showroom a couple of days ago. But directors want their films to look real. Therefore they may need a regular classic vehicle, one that shows it's been used. And they might even need a real wreck, a rust bucket so to speak. Your chances are real no matter what condition your truck is in. Don't be ashamed of it. Go ahead and try.

And how does this thing work? First you have to find an agent, a company that has the contacts and knows where to go with your truck pictures. Get listed on their databases and be patient. You might get a call the following morning but it could also take a couple of years.

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If you're really committed to the idea of having your vehicle on a movie or a TV commercial you may do what actors do. Have a professional photographer take a series of shots of the vehicle and send them to advertising agencies or talent agencies. Even wedding planners may be interested in your old truck or classic car.

And here's another very important thing to keep in mind: don't hide your prized possession in your garage. Take it to shows, go to swap meets and take your chances at show prizes. You may win a simple trophy and you may also get some prize money. But make sure your truck is in show condition before you do that.

All of this is true all over the world. Movies are made everywhere these days and so are TV commercials. Classic car and old truck shows are common in almost every country and you can take advantage of that to make money with your truck.

Money? With classic trucks? Yep. It's possible mainly because nobody is making trucks like yours anymore.

Joseph A. Ceschin is a journalist with a long experience in the auto world. He publishes the website for people who love old trucks. And he owns a beautiful 1954 Chevy truck.

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