Folks interested in getting into the “motometer game” frequently purchase motometers that are broken or non-functional.  Some of the pitfalls and fallacies of purchasing broken or non-functional motometers include cost to correctly repair or restore; locating authentic, original manufacturer parts/components, manufacture of closely authentic replacement components, identifying a qualified motometer repairer; and, time.  These restoration issues persist despite assertions, claims or statements by sellers that “its repair is an easy fix” or words to that affect.


If broken or non-functional motometer repair was or is so easy and simple, including those of the commonly available type, then a potential buyer should ask themselves “why has the seller not performed this task or had it properly restored using authentic components in a true to the manufacture assembly manner?”


MotometerCentral™ has a service department totally capable of properly repairing a wide variety of motometers and their temperature indicating mechanisms restoring them back to manufacture original operating condition.   


However, we know that it is simply better to acquire unit examples that are in immediately functional, in better condition or readily restorable and to leave dysfunctional ones to others.  This keeps the quality of our collection at a very high rate.


We do our best to avoid broken and non-functional motometers, in general, and especially certain ones that we know frequently come to market or are not worth the trouble, time or expense to rebuild.  We avoid these examples like the plague.


MotometerCentral™ stocks no spare parts or donor units, we acquire fine quality working examples only, unless a particular motometer possess some very unique and specific historic significance, provenance or warrants acquiring for preservation sake, such as a lone surviving on-of-a kind example, a prototype or to complete a rare set.


We are sure that buyers of such motometers are neophytes and amateurs with little understanding of the collecting niche or what makes for a good, consistent and solid investment worthy of displaying to knowledgeable viewers or collectors.


All too often neophytes and amateur automobilia and motometer gatherers think that an object must be old, worn, and is (more) valuable if it is in rough condition.  They want to believe that items in that condition tell an unspecified story commensurate with age and use other than extensive use, callous care, abuse and/or poor storage over the years.   


No doubt the stories told about the item are grandiose including how it must be the “oldest, rarest, best and/or only example in existence, just as long as none of their associates find out about examples in other collections of a much higher quality condition all is good and they sound like an expert.


Certain motometers may appear scarce to some or be hyped as rare by an ambitious seller that offers no proof and is not in position to make such a statement.  Without adequate or extensive research all the hype and nonsense might be believable by aspiring collectors, while knowledgeable and experience collectors turn their attention and purchasing dollars away.

Last month we showed numerous examples of GideLite radiator caps that were, quite frankly and literally, a wreck purchased by several obviously over ambitious buyers.  Repairing these be it their internal components or exterior housing/casing can be an exhaustive experience finding a knowledgeable, affordable repair service or functional replacement donor.


As we often recommend to fellow motometer collectors . . . have patience and wait for a better example to appear then spend your money wisely.  Indeed there are certain ones that are not in our collection however condition issues of those that have come on the market over the years are below our standards and hence not worth pursuing.


Acquiring good donor units to fix repair or restore a bad, broken or non-functional unit defies logic; demonstrates poor judgment; is a poor investment; and, a lack of discipline and common sense.


Be mindful, that on its own a damaged motometer cannot repair itself; will probably never be properly, correctly or authentically repaired; is less likely to increase in value anytime soon; makes for a poor display example; will compare terribly against those in other collections; and, does tell a story about the quality of items that you collect.  


When you have all nice quality items you generally receive higher regard when exhibiting them to friends and strangers as well as higher compensation when you seek to liquidate them because people can see the care that you took in assembling your collection and quality always stands out and the test of time.


We are not arrogant about this process or issue merely trying to provide guidance and assurance to serious fellow motometer collectors that a high quality collection can be assembled in a relatively short period of time when they follow our advice and proven suggestions.  We have done it so we feel confident you can as well.



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