Looking for Parts? Call the HVA.
How’d you like to have your own historic vehicle concierge service just a phone call or email away? Personal access to an expert is another one of the great benefits that come with a Registered membership in the HVA.
According to annual hobby surveys conducted by Hagerty Insurance, one of the main reasons people join a club is to swap information on parts and cars. Within every historic vehicle organization, there is always one go-to guy or gal—the person who not only seems to know everything about everything but also loves sharing the answers.
Through a partnership with Hagerty Insurance, the HVA now offers this great resource to all its Registered members.
Ask the Answer Man
“There’s no question that would really surprise me anymore,” says Hagerty/HVA concierge, Glenn Arlt.
Looking for help finding parts? Have a question about a vehicle’s value, VIN, or even how you might go about safely shipping your historic vehicle across the country or even overseas? Of the roughly 2,000 queries he personally researches and answers every year these are the easy ones, says Arlt.
“Off the top of my head, a man recently called wanting to know everything about the Trans Am used in the movie Smokey and the Bandit. Another caller asked about the color of Michigan license plates for specific years in the 1920s.”
Arlt says the toughest questions that come across his desk have to do with requests for the identification of cars in period photographs.
“We think all cars look alike today,” he says. “Try the 1920s and 1930s. Between 1900 and 1920, literally thousands of car makers came and went.
A Concierge in Your Corner
Before becoming a fulltime “answer man,” Arlt worked in sales at Hagerty, then in underwriting. Around the office, he was the guy you’d see on break and in the cafeteria, his head in a book about old cars. When a customer called wanting to know something specific about his vehicle, Arlt was the man you wanted on speed dial.
“It was decided that I could be a real resource for Hagerty customers,” Arlt remembers, adding that he was thrilled to find out his knowledge can now go toward helping HVA members, too.
“I recently helped one member who got a ticket from the Florida police for not having shoulder belts in his ‘73 Cadillac convertible.”
After tracking down factory documents to back up what the owner already knew (the ’73 Cadillac convertible only came with lap belts from the factory)—the member planned to challenge the ticket in court.
Registered HVA membership is just $25 ($33 in Canada), money that helps support HVA’s political advocacy campaigns, club initiatives and many youth recruitment and education programs sponsored by the Collectors Foundation. In addition to the concierge service, premium benefits for Registered members also include a subscription to Hagerty’s quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletter. To join, go to http://www.historicvehicle.org/Membership-Info/membership .