Tips for Finding Pacers and Parts & Pacer Pricing
As many past and current Pacer owners know, finding that perfect Pacer and
the parts necessary to maintain it can be really tough. This guide is
intended as a starting point, or a little extra help, for those stuck in
Sometimes the easiest solutions are right under your nose...
- Your Local Newspaper: It's been known to happen -- the perfect
Pacer is living in your hometown! Check the want ads regularly, and have
relatives and friends do the same. Finding a Pacer in the area eliminates
additional transporation costs and the hassle of buying a car away from home.
- Local Junkyards: If you're lucky, your local salvage yards will have
a few old Pacers lying around. These cars are a very inexpensive source for
- Your Mechanic: For those who get help with their auto work (like
me!), your mechanic can be a great source of knowledge and help. He can contact
other garages and salvage yards nearby and at a distance.
Extending your search...
If you're dedicated to finding a Pacer and/or parts, you usually have to look
more globally than locally. Luckily, there are a lot of resources available
to help you with this.
- The Pacer Page Classifieds: amcpacer.com hosts
free classified ads for Pacers, Pacer parts, and Pacer related items wanted and for sale.
- The AMC Pacer Club: The AMCPC
puts out a quarterly newsletter containing a wealth of Pacer information, including
Wanted and For Sale ads in every issue.
- The AMC Mailing List: This email
mailing list focuses mainly on technical discussions, and there are many list
members who can help you in your search for cars, parts, and technical information.
- The AMC Pacer Mailing List:
Started in August 1999, this newer list focuses only on Pacers. Fun and full of helpful
folks and useful information.
- The Pacer Page - Pacer Resources:
Be sure to visit the sites listed in The Pacer Page's Resources section, especially
those in the AMC Cars and Parts Sites - Technical
section. There are several classifieds sites listed there.
- Technical Service Manuals: TSMs are a wonderful source of information for
parts and repairs. They provide diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and details on
parts. Search popular internet auction sites or AMC car shows and meets for a TSM
for your model year Pacer.
Deciding how much to pay for a Pacer can be tricky. Parts cars can go for $100 or less,
but "mint" Pacers may be worth a few thousand dollars or more. The pricing guides listed
below are a good place to start, but in the end, it comes down to your gut feeling --
never pay more for a car than you're comfortable with. A general rule of thumb that's
good news for buyers, not-so-good news for sellers: Pacers haven't held their value as
much as other "classic" cars.
- BuyClassicCars.com's Classic
Car Pricing Guides: This page has links to several online pricing guides.
- VMR: Vehicle Market Research has a pricing
guide that's popular among AMC and other vintage enthusiasts. (VMR's site is also
listed on BuyClassicCar.com's site.)
Just a few more pointers...
- Be sure you know what you're getting. There weren't that many Pacers made
to begin with, and there are far fewer still in working existence. Before purchasing
a car or parts, make sure that you know exactly what you're buying. A couple resources
with great tips:
- Don't give up! The search is sometimes frustrating, but solving a difficult
problem is well worth the effort.