I would like to take a moment of your collective time to
share with the all of you an unbelievable experience that
your Business Development Manager in Houston, Texas created
from my 5 year old Grandson, Grayson Smith and myself on
August 10 while visiting your place of business.
Earlier in the day, my wife, daughter and two other grandsons (2 and 3 weeks) headed out for breakfast to celebrate Grayson’s 5th birthday. As a warmup present he received from my wife, Lee and myself, subscriptions and samples to Streetrodder and Classic Truck magazines. With that he asked, “Pop can we go look at some hotrods somewhere today?” Coincidentally I had seen your cars and coffee event on the local street calendar, made a call to your Houston office and inquired about coming out for a look. We were welcomed to come out.
Upon our arrival, Mr. James Stanley greeted us and welcomed Grayson and myself to take our time and look around. James asked Grayson about his interest and likes in hotrods and Grayson responded that he was there to look for a birthday outing. Mr. Stanley took it upon himself to essentially construct a “birthday bag” for Grayson full of classic car magazines, keychains, suckers, flashlights and decals. Needless to say Grayson and I both were thrilled, so much so, we borrowed a space in the middle of your showroom, sat down and went through each piece together. I have to tell you the magazines are most likely his favorites. Over the next 2 hours or so, we moved quickly from one car to the next and often back to a car visited earlier. Grayson knows his cars and was spot on with most until we got to the Volkswagens, about which he commented “Pop what is that?”. Clearly he was having fun.
We wound down the visit with the conclusion that Grayson should have a Dodge Charger for college and red would be his color choice.
Please understand we are not new to this. Today Grayson tinkers with me on my 34 Ford and now on my 52 Chieftain. I decided when he was born that he should have the opportunity to understand a bygone era and participate in the same if so inclined.
The amount of attention bestowed on us by Mr. Stanley and the greetings from others in your Houston operation is beyond welcoming and impressive. You have a tremendous individual in Mr. Stanley as part of your organization and I wanted to make sure that I both thank him and you all are made aware of his personable efforts.
As mentioned, I have a couple of classics but my next purchase and/or sale consultation will be through your organization. Based on our recent experience with Gateway there would be no reason to do otherwise.
My sincerest thanks to Mr. Stanley for making Grayson’s 5th birthday a hit. We read those magazines together constantly and talk about them when visiting by phone.
Very best regards,
David Menard | Financial Adviser*
"I recently bought a 1971 Dodge Charger from the Gateway Classic Cars Dealership in Milwaukee and was assisted by their representative Zach . I was an out of state buyer and their multi pictures and video of this car were outstanding and allowed me to make the decision to buy it sight unseen. I wanted to pass the word that for me it was a very pleasurable experience and I received a beautiful car. Thank you Zach and your team."
"I am not in the market for a car at the present time but I look at your website every day. It is unquestionably the best automotive site on the internet. It is just plain fun for a car person to look at. The quality of the cars you present seems to be at the top of the ladder.\r\nThe photography and commentary are unequaled. Someone is to be congratulated on doing a superb job of presentation. There is no way this site could be improved."
"I bought my Z from the Tampa showroom. I saw this car online and normally I'm pretty Leary about purchasing a vehicle online site unseen,but this time it was a great purchase from beginning to end. Jeff was great he made me confident and and insured the quality of the vehicle and he really went the extra mile to answer all my questions and get the deal done at a great price. He was very helpful and the car was GREAT!!! everything I expected and more!!! Definitely recommend to all looking to buy or sell a classic. I'm glad I stumbled across them."
Jamaahl of New York
"Thank you Craig, Adam, and Chelsea for making the purchasing of my 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby Tribute GT 350 Fastback an exciting experience. Setting up transport was easy as well. My wife says I acted like a 19 year old teenager when the car arrived last Saturday and by the end of the summer I will have lost my driver's license! No way. When I was 19, I was in the Army and before that year was out, I was in Vietnam. In a way, now, I will get some of that back."
Murray of Australia
"Greg, Just a note to say thank you for the professionalism in the way you run the business and for the patience in dealing with overseas buyers. Things take a bit longer when there are more people involved than the seller and buyer I'm finding out, yourself and Brendan were courteous and polite and easy to deal with and I would definitely recommend you guys to anyone."
Michael of Kansas
"I would like to thank Gateway Classic Cars and their team at the Indianapolis showroom for making the whole process of purchasing our 1932 Chevy Confederate Sedan fun and exciting. Since I was a little boy playing with my hot wheels, I always dreamed about having a hot rod of my very own. When my wife and I were first dating we had also talked about one day have a car that we could enjoy with our family and friends. I would often go on the Internet and search for the ideal classic car. I found a few cars that were interesting, but nothing really stood out as the perfect car for us. After years of looking, we finally found the perfect car at Gateway Classic Cars. The next morning I called Gateway and spoke with a sales rep by the name of Bobby Huber. Since my wife and I were new to the whole process, I had plenty of questions. Bobby gave me a back round on Gateway Classic Cars and answered all my questions. My conversation with Bobby made me feel confident that I was working with the right people. Bobby was able to finalize the sale with me and even helped me find a reputable shipping company to deliver my 1932 Chevy to my door. My wife and I couldn't wait to see the car so we drove over 700 miles to see the car and meet the team. When we arrived at the Indianapolis Showroom they were ready and waiting for us. My wife could not stop taking pictures. The selection of cars there made my wife and I feel like we were at a car show. In the past month, we purchased two brand new 2013 cars. My wife had made a comment to me that buying the 32 Chevy was easier than the other two cars. The process could not have gone smoother. Once again, I would like to thank Gateway Classic Cars for letting that little 8 year old boy so many years ago know that sometimes dreams do come true. "
--Emilio & Elaine of East Hanover, NJ
"My name is Jeff and I recently purchased a vehicle from Gateway Classic Cars. I wanted to let you know how pleased my wife and I are with the Chevelle. We bought it sight unseen and had it shipped to Colorado. The car is even better than advertised, no disappointments. Your staff was pleasant to deal with and answered all my questions. The shipping was painless, the truck driver kept me up to date and was very professional. The full tank of gas the car arrived with was a pleasant surprise. It has been snowing here in Denver since receiving the car but I know summer will get here eventually. The car has gotten a lot of attention from friends who I have recommended checking out your website, hopefully it will bring you some new business. Thanks again "
--Jeff of Golden, CO
"Dennis, The car arrived this morning--nice couple driving the truck. It runs as nicely as predicted. It is exactly as expected, and we are most happy with it. It has been a pleasure dealing with you."
--James and Carol - Cedaredge, CO
"I just wanted to thank Gateway Classic Cars for your work on selling our 1977 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
I realized some of the benefits of putting it on consignment with Gateway when we first came to meet with you and saw your showroom and met the staff. However, not until after we consigned the automobile with you and not only did you help us in what it needed to make it more appealing to that limited market of who would be looking at buying an older Rolls, but you really were great in taking care of us through out the 'process' did I realize ALL of the benefits of having it in Gateway's hands.
With the economy what it is today, and the thought of trying to sell something like this on our own, well, I wouldn't want to think about what could have happened with people that are less than honorable looking to take advantage of others that maybe too trusting or just naive to what could happen in going thru the process. We didn't have to worry about if we could trust the person interested in buying it, especially if it would have limited us to the market right here in our area only.
And even then, I would have had to trust that they could drive an automobile that was right side drive without doing any damage during the 'interested' stage. But, then to think about if we had to trust someone thousands of miles away that would be offering to buy it and trying to make the arrangements on transporting it to them and hoping that their payment for the automobile was good.
Again, in today's world, unfortunately, there are less than scrupulous people that would have taken full advantage of us and in consigning the automobile with Gateway, we never had to worry about any of the obvious things that could possibly happen but those things alot of people may not realize could take place.
So, again, I want to thank you for taking not only the time and patience to work with us on selling what I termed 'the old girl'..but making it a process that was very trusting and enjoyable.
We know that in today's market and having a very specialized item, it was not going to be an easy or fast sale. However, I would recommend that anyone thinking about consigning their automobile instead of selling it on their own, contact Gateway Classic Cars.
Thanks Gateway and Staff! You all were fantastic!
--Will and Linda - St. Louis, MO
"Thanks for selling our 2002 T Bird and in such a short time. Great pictures and listing on your website. Joe and the staff involved are are the best! Thanks much to all of you."
--Ron & Charlotte Reynolds - Pawnee, IL
"Hi Joe, I am just writing to thank you and Gateway Classic Cars for the quality of the service I received from you. I took possession of the blue 81 Corvette yesterday. The vehicle was in better condition than I was expecting. It drives very nice on the road. I have recommended to all my friends and work colleges to check out your website as I am 100% happy with the purchase."
--Damian Spiken - Queensland, Australia
"Sal & Joe, Having a great time with our NEW CAR.
It runs great. Thank you both for your help and excellent service. We will highly recommend you."
--Bill and Jan Harberts, Grand Rapids, MI
"Joe, Well, I'm very pleased with the car. A few things to work on but wow, what a beautiful 65 Mustang... it has turned the heads. All my friends are jealous. It arrived Saturday. My wife and I were like two little kids amazed at how beautiful the car was as it was unloaded from the carrier. Thanks Joe for making it easy. You did a great job. "
--Appreciate your help, Mike. Houston, TX
"I did fly out to St. Louis from Delaware and visited your showroom twice. I bought the red '63 Galaxie earlier this week. I was very pleased with your professional sales staff, especially Joe and Brad. "
"Hi Brad, I got 1978 Lincoln Mark v. I am happy , I love it. This car is so beautiful and like new. I enjoy driving the car. I will tell my friends about Gateway Classic Cars!"
--Thank you very much!, Francis.
"Robert, I want to thank you again for all of the great service and professional attitude that you showed to my wife and myself. You are an asset to Gateway. Sales Manager, I want to tell you that Robert Owensby was a pleasure to work with. You have a very good salesman. Keep this young man as long as you can. He loves his work and it shows. Good luck to you in the future and Gateway Classic Cars."
"Hi Gateway, I received the title and everything is fine, car is registered and turned out to be better than expected. I was a bit apprehensive about buying without seeing the car in person or test driving, but was not disappointed at all, I'm very pleased."
--Regards, Mark Sullivan.
"Hey Brad, just wanted to pass along to you guys the car was all it said it was in the video. It ran great on the return trip to Alabama. Turned a few heads."
"Thank you folks at Gateway, the wait was well worth it. Thanks Brad for all the work. I felt like I was 19 again. By the way, I did get a lot of thumbs up and even pictures taken on my cruise back home. I'll take good care of Big Blue"
--Thanks again, Bob Woolwine Papawooly.
"Thanks guys! The car is beautiful. Delivery was great and the driver got the car here 2 days before it was supposed to be here. The process went smooth and great, wishing you a happy new year,lots of health and happiness."
--Your Friend, Al Romao, Elizabeth, NJ
"Hey Brad ! Thanks. I really do appreciate your effort. Good customer service is quickly becoming extinct in this day and age. I certainly will direct all my friends that dabble in vintage vehicles/hotrods/muscle cars to look you up!"
--Mike, Louisville, CO
"Bob, Just a note expressing my pleasure with dealing with you and your company. The 56 T-Bird I purchased from you was exactly how you described it. I have an extensive collection of cars, and I am reluctant to purchase anything over the phone but, reluctantly, I was unable to view the car prior to purchase. When the car arrived at my home, I was thrilled with the resemblance of the car to your verbal description. Thanks again for your excellent customer service and prompt follow up to my questions and needs."
--Robert, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"Brad, The Charger arrived yesterday and it was very nice, exactly as you told me. Thanks for the very nice car!"
"Just wanted to let you know I received my 2002 Camaro SS 35th Anniversary last Sunday. It is AWESOME!!! I want to thank you and all of the Gateway gang for working with me through the process, which I found to be incredibly easy. Naturally I had some reservations about buying the car sight-unseen other than via pix, even though it had such low miles. But my reservations were put at ease when I backed it off the transport truck - WOW!!! You might still be able to 'hear' me smiling from ear to ear! Thanks again for all your help!"
"Sal thank you for the wonderful experience at your gateway show room. Aaron was very professional. Your kindness stretched beyond the sale of the car."
--Clark Rinehart, Miami, FL
"We have received the car which we absolutely love and have been enjoying in the great week of weather we are having. Your description of it was completely accurate, it is in great shape and I know we will get many years of pleasure from it. Thank you for your assistance in making this acquisition possible and for being such an "honest broker" re the transaction, it gave me great confidence in acquiring a vehicle I did not get to see before it turned up "almost" on our doorstep and was exactly as described and anticipated."
--Sean Kelly, New York, NY
"I recently purchased a 1995 Chevy Station Wagon (mild custom) from Gateway Classic Cars in Charlotte, NC. I found the car to be correctly represented and everything they said it to be. What impressed me even more than the initial sale was the willingness of your staff to help me after the sale. The entire staff was eager to go the extra mile! If success is based on willingness and helpfulness they should do a bang-up business in Charlotte!"
--Reggie Baggott, Charleston, SC
"I would like to take this opportunity to commend Gateway Classic Cars on the professional manner in which my car was sold. It sold within the length of the contract. Your staff was professional and courteous. I highly recommend Gateway Classic Cars!"
--Dennis Bennett, Craigsville, WV
"I would like to thank you all for all the hard work in making the purchase of my car happen. I got the car and I'm very pleased. I have bought plenty of cars before and haven't been happy after the deal was over. Consider this I live in Washington state and you are located in North Carolina and I never seen the car (only in pictures). It is great to see there are people you can trust in this world. I'm from the South and you all are southern hospitality."
--Orlando Johnson, WA
"I received your check this afternoon and just want to say, Thank You for your help. In this time of a very hot classic car market and a lot of unscrupulous classic car dealers it is very refreshing and reassuring to deal with people like you and your fine company, Gateway Classic Cars. I am not a dealer nor a collector. I bought this Cadillac because I always wanted a 60's Cadillac Convertible. I am going to drive it and have fun with it. It was a pleasure doing business with your Company. If I ever get in the market for another classic car I will not hesitate for a minute to do business with you."
--Steve Hales, Redding, CA
"I received the car yesterday afternoon. I gotta say, it is awesome. Thank you so much for all your help. Also, Thank Bill, Gary and Sal as well. I am totally happy with the car."
"My thanks to Sal and the entire Gateway team for their work in locating, evaluating, completing a transaction and arranging the delivery of my 1954 Corvette. At every step in the process they were informative, responsive and consistently honest and objective in representing the car. Follow up after the sale for delivery and documentation was outstanding. This is a great organization, both in Fairmont City and Charlotte."
--John Zei, Chicago, IL
"Sal, THANK YOU THANK YOU, I was floored and delighted when Donna left a voice mail Saturday saying to bring my title, that you had sold my Cutlass. You got me MORE than I expected to get. This is our second transaction and I rarely deal with anyone with which I am more satisfied, truly a professional operation. It is a pleasure to refer all my car nut friends to you. Thanks again."
"...it is nice doing business with someone that is willing to give you the answers to make a major investment. Your staff:charlie and donna were great. I am very satisfied with my purchase and the follow up your people give. The best to you and your co."
"I have been very satisfied for that car, Mercury Marquis. Last week we had a Hot Wheels Show here in Finland and we got the 1st prize in Classic Car serie. The car is GREAT!!!! The car is 100% original like Sal said! I dont used an appraiser or inspector because I had a lot of pictures about this car and that was enough for me. The service was great. Everything was like we were agreed. Now I'll wait for the next car from Gateway Classic Car. I want something special and Sal is going to find it? Yes, I can say that everything was better than welldone! In my opinion You can trust for Gateway Classic Car Company!!!"
--Jori Rintam'ki, Finland
"I am such a connoisseur of the Lincoln Continental Mark III that upon seeing stock #2911 on Gateway Classic's website, I consummated a purchase via wire transfer of funds the very next day (without even waiting for a test drive). I booked a one-way flight there three days later, and admired the car for about 45 minutes in person while Charley prepared my paperwork, and the car, for the long drive from East St. Louis back to Washington, DC., my faith and trust in a car that performed even better than it looks may have surprised some, but not me. Thanks Guys on my being so blessed..."
"I just wanted to say thanks for all you have done, you were very helpful, and your dedication to your customers shows. Keep up the good work."
--Jim McMahon, Tillamook, OR
"I would like to express my experience in buying my first car from Sal at Gateway. I bought a Nice ElCamino and the very evening that I brought it home I had the trans. pump go out and it was several months before I could get it repaired, but Sal was good to his word he said he would work with me and when it was done He was there for me."
--Robert Matrisch, Springfield, IL
"...I'm having fun with this car. Thank you for the experience allowing me to come up and get it. Everyone who sees this car turns their heads. It's absolutely awesome...Every car has it's issues and that's just the way getting a classic 36 years old is. You were right and honest the whole time. A buyer has to weight the want vs. the output to decide and buy. I got what I wanted that was definitely not available anywhere in this area (El Paso Desert Southwest Area)."
"Everything received yesterday. I am quite pleased with the whole transaction. Everything you said and did was true. The Car is great and just as represented. Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year."
"Thanks Sal, for helping to make my dream come true of owning a 1955 Chevy. It is even more beautiful than you described. My grandkids think it is neat to have their MeMa pick them up from school in the coolest car in town. We are going to have such a good time with this car. Thanks and Have a Merry Christmas."
"I want to take a moment and thank you, Charlie and your entire staff for our recent classic car purchase (1968 Ford Mustang). Everyone was wonderful to work with and always made us feel like their most important customer. This was the first time I have ever taken a chance and buy something this valuable sight unseen. I can't articulate the words, but there is just something about Charlie I trusted, and decided to take a chance. He didn't disappoint me and lived up to the instinct I had, the 1968 Mustang has been a great addition to the family. We entered it in a local car show and received a 2nd place trophy. With a little TLC and work I am sure that it can become a 1st place."
"We purchased our 1972 Mustang convertible from you last year. I must admit we were skeptical to purchase over the net. However, we did some investigation first and found all parties had nothing but good to say about your organization. Your reputation is solid in the industry. So we decided to give you a shot. The car was delivered right to our home and the car was everything you said and more. The pictures didn't do it justice. My wife and I spent this summer as well as last at all the cruise nights and our car has been "the bell of the ball". Thank you for you honesty and solid business practice. We will be watching your website as we plan to purchase another classic soon and it will be through you. Thanks again for everything."
--Jeff and Susan Bowser
"I wanted to let you know the Galaxie is fantastic. There are no major disappointments, as the car was well represented with the pictures on your website and your descriptions. I also commend Chuck, a true professional. I could not believe how fast the car arrived!! I am truly your satisfied customer."
"Just wanted to say thank you. The Chrysler was delivered, and we are very happy with it. We had to do a complete tune-up on it, but it runs very very nice.We have also located all the parts we need to complete it. Thank you again for such fine service. Your sales staff is great."
--Keith & Peggy Carlin, Humboldt, Nebraska
"I purchased my '69 Chevrolet Malibu from Gateway Classic Cars. I take my hat off to Sal and Charlie. They took their time in showing me every little detail about the vehicle to ensure my satisfaction. I would recommend you gentlemen to everybody for your courtesy and professionalism. I thank you again."
"Bill & I really appreciate the way you handled the sale of our '49 Ford & our '33 Ford Roadster. We can't believe how quickly they sold & how very easy you are to do business with. Your website is very professional & it showed with the interest in our cars! Everything was handled so efficiently! And we were able to make what we wanted to on each sale! You were so very easy to work with, we will recommend you to anyone who asks, believe me! Thank you SO much for everything!"
--Bill & Judy Schrader
"I found my dream car on your WEB site. A 67 Mustang Fastback, Stock #1938. My Thanks to Sal and everyone at Gateway. A friendly group of people and extremely easy to deal with. Sal worked closely with me and was very candid concerning the physical condition of the vehicle. The car was delivered to my residence in Hamilton, Va and has been a real pleasure to own."
--Bob McCann, Hamilton, VA
"Thanks for the speedy sale of our 1966 Cutlass. Also, we were very pleased with the amount it sold for."
--Stanley & Janice Porter
"I just wanted to compliment Charlie, John, and Sal. I picked up my dream car today and was very pleased with the whole experience. All were a pleasure to deal with - very professional. I liked the fact that the sales team is not competing with each other. I also liked the attention to detail and patience Charlie showed when we went over the whole car. I am fairly busy and I don't have unlimited hours to search for cars. I think your approach is a great concept."
"I recently purchased a 1969 Corvette from Gateway Classic Cars and I am really pleased with my purchase. At the time I went to drive it home to Oklahoma and I had a small problem and after a call to Sal Akbani it was taken care of promptly. I would recommend to anyone I know who is looking to purchase a classic car to check out your choices first as you have a nice collection to choose from. I was treated fairly and am quite pleased with your prices and with the prompt way my problem was resolved."
"You guys are great! I have been looking quite a while for a car like this thta matched the one I had owned in the seventies. You have fulfilled my dreams. The transaction was smooth and professional. You exceeded my expectations. You described the car honestly and accurately. I appreciate the extra efforts you took to arrange prompt delivery."
"..I wanted to express my gratitude to you for all you have done. You truly made my lifelong dream of owning one of these cars, possible. We'll be watching the mail for all additional items the previous owners had included with this sale. Again thank you for everything.."
"I just recently purchased a '23 T-Bucket from Gateway Classic Cars. I am someone who has never spent more than thirty dollars on-line and was extremely skeptical about such a major purchase. After reading letters like this one and further investigation i trusted my instincts. My car arrived today. It was more than i had expected and much better than the pictures. I spent the entire day showing it off to everyone i knew and some i met along the way. This experience was painless and enjoyable. Thanks to Sal, Charlie, and everyone else at Gateway Classic Cars. My dream for the perfect car has come true."
--Jonathan Johnson, Silver Spring, MD
"Sal, Thank you for the great service regarding my purchase of the '69 GTO. I recieved the title as you promised and it has been easily transferred to my name. I am looking forward to a fun winter project. Plans are in place to do a ground up restoration. Again,thanks a lot!"
"Gateway Classic Cars sold my Porsche and shipped it to California. I was very pleased with their prompt service."
--Frank Bingham, St. Louis, MO
"We live in a small town in Missouri. We were not getting any serious interest in our area for our 1957 Bel Air convertible. We consigned the car to Gateway and they sold it to a Surgeon in Fort Meyers, FL."
--John and Elizabeth Finley, Patton, MO
"I have used Gateway Classic Cars to sell my collection of 61 cars. They have done a wonderful job. I recommend them to all my friends."
--Chuck Leeman, Marissa, IL
"I am a busy professional who does not have the time to sell cars. I use Gateway's service to sell my vehicles."
--Dr. Jim Helfering, Chesterfield, MO
"When my husband passed away, I was left with several cars I did not need. They helped me get the most for my late husband's cars."
--Susan Petrocelli, Effingham, IL
"I am a car collector and use their service frequently to both buy and sell cars. They are a great team to work with."
--Charles K. Butts, Indianapolis, IN
"Their approach to selling cars is very good. They sold our 1999 Corvette in less than a month."
--Jean and Jerold Blumfelder, Lake of the Ozarks, MO
"My late husband's 1958 Buick Roadmaster convertible was sold to a collector in Dallas, Texas. I could not have received the price in my area."
--Yvette Karnasiotis, Chicago, IL
"We live on a farm and did not feel safe selling our 1955 Thunderbird by newspaper advertising. My husband and I are elderly and did not want strangers coming around our property. Gateway Classic Cars sold our car to an attorney in San Diego. We could not have done it on our own."
--Thelma and Doug Fisher, Mattoon, IL
"I advertised my car for 7 months through the newspapers and the Internet. Finally, I was tired of all the real and cyber tire kickers that wanted my car but could not afford my 1999 Porsche Boxster. These guys sold my car to a buyer in Ballwin not too far from where I live. I will never sell my cars through newspaper again."
--John Shimmerman, Ellisville, MO
"The lease on my 1998 BMW was coming up and I was upside down. I was going to get stuck with $5,800 at the end of lease. Gateway sold my car and saved me a ton on return charges."
--Thomas Decker, Springfield, IL
"We were trying to trade in our 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII. The dealers were offering us very little while raising the price of their new Navigator. We sold our Mark VIII through Gateway and received nearly twice the amount dealers were willing to pay us and we negotiated a better price on the new SUV."
--Matthew and Amy Kinst, Belleville, IL
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