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Our years of experience in the collector car market has given us a wealth of contacts and knowledge. Whatever your goals, we likely have a solution that will meet your needs.

We prefer phone converations, so we can understand you and your needs through a conversation. Emails and texts are welcome as well. 

Some helpful basic information is provided through the links below. We look forward to helping meet your needs.

Vehicle & Collection Sales

Each client has their own unique needs. Below are services we regularly provide and can be tailored to your needs.
If your need is not identified below, contact us, and we will work to understand and solve that need too.

Collection Management

Buy, sell, trade, or hold?

All great questions and there are times for each. We frequently work with collectors to identify their goals and work together on their achievement. 

Call or email us to talk about your collector car dreams.

Individual Vehicle Sales

When you have a great classic vehicle to sell but hate the process of "selling" your vehicle, we are here to help. 


We frequently work as the consignor, finding the right home for your vehicle. You typically get more for your car than you would by selling it yourself, plus we do all the work. 

Want cash now?

We have buyers looking to invest their cash in the right cars.

Auction Representation & Private Auctions

Some cars simply sell best at auctions. Sometimes your goals change and you want to dispose of multiple cars at once. Still other times you know what you want but need someone to manage the details or want to stay out of the public eye.

We are here to help. We frequently represent others at auctions as the buyer or seller. We also work for our clients, arranging with major auction houses, on multi-unit and complete collection sales.

Vehicle Locating

We love being the match maker! 

Our world-wide network of private collectors, discrete brokers, and reputable dealers provide us with access to some of the finest and rarest cars in the world. 

If you are looking for the exceptional or the uncommon, we are the resource you have been looking for. Contact us today.

Pre-Purchase Inspections

Some vehicles require inspection by Make or Model experts. We have those contacts and can arrange such inspections on your behalf. 

Most vehicles require a meticulous and knowledgeable professional. Auto Appraise (1-800-301-3886) is our first choice for such inspections. 

Service & Repair


Automotive Service

When we acquire a vehicle to sell, it often needs something fixed - that is the nature of a classic car.

Through the years we have learned a few things about fixing cars and gained a wealth of contacts..

We do not offer repair services to the public but we are ready and willing to guide you to the right resources. 


Repairs & Restoration

We learned long ago that we are not restorers. While we can pick a car apart, putting it back together right, takes an expert. 

To that end, we have amassed a network of experts including many who have repeatedly created concours awarded examples.

If you have a car in need of restoration work, we will be happy to guide you to a qualified restoration shop.

Logistics: Finance, Insurance, & Transport

Below are some helpful tools, advice, and resources.
Be sure to scroll down for links to our preferred vendors.




Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our devices are Android based.  So, we are most familiar with Skype and Verizon video chats. 

If you are an Apple user and want to FaceTime, we can accommodate your needs too. Please forgive our limited expertise on this platform. 

Please call 989-891-0900 or email us to set up a good time to chat and see the car.

If it is on the car and our cameras can get to it, we can send you a photo of it.

We likely also have high-resolution images of the shots you have already reviewed, and more, ready to send you.

We often take videos for customers showing details like the headlight motors operating and the engine running, allowing you to hear and see what you can't without visiting us in person - which we also encourage.

Contact us about what details we should include in your video and what photos you would like us to send you. 

When buying a car from us, we will be happy to provide a written market-based appraisal for you at no cost. 

For clients either selling a car or acquiring a car through us, we will inspect and appraise the vehicle as part of our service to you. 

For others, we do not do "bank loan" or "insurance" appraisals. We are happy to discuss your needs, assist where we can, and guide you to fee-based appraisers who are equipped for your needs.


You and your inspector are welcome at The Bay City Motor Company any time. However, our cars are sometimes off-site or in an inaccessible part of our showroom.

Contact us to make an appointment so we can ensure the car is here and ready for your inspection and good weather-only test drive.

The Bay City Motor Company does accept select trades.

We prefer stock/original classic vehicles. Our dealer friends and colleagues have broader interests, which may help. 

Contact us about your proposed trade, and be sure to include details (Year, Make, Model, Equipment, Condition, and History), photos, proposed trade value and which of our vehicles you are interested in purchasing.

We're eclectic; broadly focusing on the cars we love: pre-war to early '70's motorcars, imports, and newer exotics. 

Michigan is a funny state. We are a licensed broker and state rules prevent brokers from buying cars for resale.  

Therefore, we have a sister organization that purchases cars we find worthy of investment.

This begs the follow-up question. Why are you a broker? That one is simple. Being based in Michigan and serving a world-wide client base we find being a broker allows us to serve more clients in more ways than we could as a used car dealer.

We are a retail and e-tail store that physically looks a feels like an inviting, comfortable hands-off museum.

Browsing is encouraged! Stop in, see some great classic vehicles, and say hi!

We started here.

Being in Michigan we are geographically surrounded by some of the most amazing automotive talent on the planet. We're within 500 miles of over half the US and Canadian population and well connected for meeting your global needs including transport.

The Bay City Motor Company does not provide financing services, but we can connect you with companies that do, including J.J. Best Banc & Co, and Woodside Credit.

These companies generally require a 20% down payment and a credit score of 700 or better, although each circumstance is unique.

Transport cost varies based on a number of factors. Open? Enclosed? Timeline? Vehicle? Call us at (989) 891-0900 for an exact quote based upon your needs within one business day.

We can also work with a transporter of your choosing.

Yes, The Bay City Motor Company contracts with shippers to send cars all over the world. We can arrange everything from the point of sale, provide U.S. customs the needed paperwork, and transport the vehicle to your chosen port.

While shipping costs depend on many factors, we are happy to provide you with a quote. Simply contact us, tell us what car you are interested in and your preferred port of entry. We are also happy to work with the transporter of your choice.

We are not a retail restoration shop. We do hire top restorers, from time to time, to work on our behalf. If you need your car restored, we may be able to guide you to a helpful and competent resource.

If you are simply shopping for the lowest-priced classic car available, you are likely not going to be satisfied at The Bay City Motor Company.

We sell fine collector vehicles that are priced in line with their quality, condition, authenticity and documentation. You will be able to find a car for less, and it will be a lesser car. We will happily discuss our car's value with you and work to find a fair price for all parties.

We have prices listed on most cars under $200k.

We have found that buyers and sellers of cars valued above $200k generally benefit from more privacy in their tranactions. 

Email & Phone 

Phone: 989-891-0900
Toll-Free: 866-822-2216
Fax: 989-895-8984


Internet Sales & Phone:
Mon. - Fri. 9A-5P
Car viewings by appointment.


1124 N Water St.
Bay City, MI 48708

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