Mopar Muscle Cars for Sale: How to Get the Best Deal on a Mopar

March 28, 2012

Learn what to look for in mopar muscle cars for sale, where to find them, and how to shop for mopar muscle car parts.

Mopar Muscle Car Detail

If you're shopping for Mopar muscle cars, you should try to get the best deal possible on that old Chrysler, Dodge or Plymouth roadster. Although a Mopar muscle car can be an excellent investment, you never want to pay too much. Here are some questions to ask to make sure you're getting the best deal possible.

How Many Previous Owners?

You should always ask the seller how many owners the vehicle has had. An old muscle car is usually only as good as its owner. Some car owners are meticulous about how they maintain their vehicles, while others simply put gasoline in the vehicle and drive it like there's no tomorrow.

If the vehicle owner is not aware of how many previous owners the car had, you may want to consider finding another vehicle. Not only will you not know who owned the vehicle before the seller, you won't know what the vehicle has been through. Serious muscle car collectors know the complete history of their vehicles.

Is That the Actual Mileage?

Always ask the seller of a muscle car if the mileage shown on the odometer is the actual mileage on the vehicle or not. Never just assume that the mileage shown on the odometer is a true indication of the number of miles that the vehicle has been driven.

High muscle car mileage affects the dependability and reliability of the vehicle's engine as much as it does with any other vehicle. If the car does have high mileage, make sure the seller adjusts the price accordingly. If the vehicle's odometer shows very low mileage, make sure that you get a statement, in writing, from the seller stating that the mileage is accurate.

Is This a Clean Title?

Before negotiating a final selling price for a muscle car, always ask the seller about the title of the vehicle. Ask if the muscle car has a clean title or if the vehicle is been involved in a serious accident or had flood damage.

If the vehicle was involved in a major accident, and the insurance company felt that the vehicle was not worth repairing, it may have a salvaged title which will make it worth much less than other similar muscle cars. It is probably best to walk away from muscle cars with salvage titles. If you do purchase one, make sure that it's no more than half the price of comparable vehicles that have a clean title.

Has the Engine Been Rebuilt?

A rebuilt engine is not necessarily a bad thing, and may actually save you some money in the long run. If the vehicle has more than 80,000 miles or so, then a rebuilt engine may be something you'll have to look into in the near future anyway.

If the vehicle has a high number of miles, and the seller cannot show you receipts or records for an engine overhaul, consider offering the seller a lesser amount for the vehicle. It probably won't be too long before you'll have to spend money on engine maintenance or repairs.

Mopar Muscle Car Advantages

Every Mopar muscle car has a good and bad side to it. Mopar is a short form for two words, Mo (motor) and Par (parts) and is the brand used and endorsed by Dodge and Chrysler.

A Great Display Car

One of the major benefits to owning a Mopar muscle car is that they are a lot of fun to own and are certainly wonderful trophy cars that everyone likes to show off.

Outstanding Performance

You can always expect outstanding performance from your Mopar muscle car. The credit goes to Chrysler Motors for providing very reliable parts for different muscle cars. These parts will prove to be perfect fits for worn out parts and will help retain your Mopar's performance at all times.

Iconic Cars

The original muscle cars were part of a special subculture in which car lovers each showed a special affinity for powerful engines encased in small car bodies. Furthermore, these iconic cars were produced in smaller numbers and so remain both rare and very. These cars have enough power to please even the most demanding muscle car enthusiast.

High Value

One advantage of owning a Mopar muscle car is that if it has been maintained well, or if it also has been restored properly, it can fetch you a lot more than it was originally worth and also more than what you have spent on restoring and maintaining it.

Mopar Muscle Car Advantages

At the same time, owning these cars requires having to do quite a lot of work to get them ready to show off at auto shows. As wonderful as these cars are, they are not always easy to find and if found, can be in rundown condition.

Need Finances

Another downside to owning a Mopar muscle car is that maintaining them require spending considerable amounts of money. Unless there are sufficient funds available, owning these cars may prove to be expensive. Also, finding the required parts can prove to be difficult.

Classic Car MPG

Today, car manufacturers pay a lot of attention to fuel economy. But, in the 60s and 70s, fuel economy was a minor concern. When you drive a classic car today, it will generally not give you good MPG. So, unless some modifications are made to a classic car, it will generally not return better than 10 MPG.

Rusting Parts

Like all older cars, Mopar muscle cars are prone to rusting in different areas. For example, the battery tray might rust easily and the same is the case with floor boards and rear wheel wells.

4 Mopar Muscle Cars

Muscle cars never really go out of style, as you can find great collectible models and ones to drive every day. As technology has improved so has the performance of the cars. You can find modern versions of the original muscle cars.

Dodge Challenger

The new model of this car provides all of the performance you could want in a muscle car. It also has many design features reminiscent of the original model released in the 70s. The inside was designed and inspired by race cars. It contains a standout power train, bold exterior, benchmark braking, GPS navigation and keyless go entry.

Dodge Charger

The Charger is a B body type muscle car. The original models could be customized for high performance. This car was originally nicknamed the electric shaver, due to the grille shape. It has a trunk divider so you can have additional cargo space or seat four people. Under the hood is a V8 engine. There were three transmission options of three speed manual, four speed manual and a three speed automatic.

Plymouth Barracuda

The Barracuda was one of the most popular during the birth of muscle cars in the 60s. This has a fastback A body, wraparound black glass and two doors. The more modern models are much different from the original. The first Barracudas were designed to be sporty and compact. When comparing them, the Barracuda is very similar to the Valiant, on which the car was based.

AAR 'Cuda

This car was only produced in 1970 and the AAR stands for All American Racer. It contains a 340 6-barrel engine, strobe stripe, hood scoop, duck tail and hood scoop. The engine is a V8 and can accelerate from zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds. It takes 14.4 seconds to go a quarter of a mile at 100 miles per hour.

Mopar Muscle Car Parts

Many Dodge and Chrysler owners swear by mopar muscle parts. When you are looking at a source for replacement parts, there are a few considerations you need to keep in mind: price, performance, originality and your original warranty.


Prices for Mopar parts compared to other brands differ greatly depending on the source. Mopar can sometimes actually be found for a lower price than comparable products, but not frequently. The price on Mopar parts is usually anywhere from 10 to 30 percent higher than other aftermarket parts.


Mopar parts are cast from the same molds used at the factory for Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles. Due to this, they are essentially guaranteed in terms of performance. Manufacturers keep the specifications for parts under strict patent, and so the aftermarket versions from other makers are not exact replications. While they may come close, that eighth of an inch difference, or even less, can result in the lower performance or even failure of the part.


Many muscle car owners want to use Mopar parts as this is the only brand of replacement part that maintains the originality and authenticity of the vehicle. This not only ensures top performance, but that any upgrades or restoration using Mopar parts will increase the value of the vehicle and get the most overall value on the restoration.


The warranty on a Dodge, Chrysler or Jeep vehicle states that the warranty will only be effective if genuine Mopar parts are used on the vehicle. Mopar parts are not to be confused with Mopar "performance parts." It is important to know that the performance labeled parts are not considered genuine Mopar replacement parts, but are considered similar to parts used in any custom modification. As such, if a failure is caused by the installation of that "performance" part, will not be covered under warranty. If the replacement parts are to be used on a muscle car, a warranty will not typically be a consideration as any warranty will have long since expired. However if there has been any restoration done (such as a rebuilt or replacement engine), the warranty factor may still be an issue.

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