Every year we have the opportunity to work on both modern and classic cars, they range in condition from high-quality to absolute basket cases.
How do you pick a shop to restore your car? How do you find someone to entrust your project to who will treat your car with the care that you would if you could do the work?
Let's explore your options:
Money is critical to all of us and money, especially when spending any large amount of it, and this is what is always required to restore a car.
So we have a conflict here, because even though you may want the car restored, you may never be able to escape the feeling that you are paying too much money to have it done.
The restorer on the other hand knows because of the variables involved in the restoration, time estimation could not be accurate.
Examples of such variables:
- Hidden sheet metal rust.
- Rust is usually trapped in many areas that are not visible and can only be found after every body panel is removed and stripped to bare metal.
- Once found, how long will each body panel take to repair?
- If reproduction metal panels are purchased, will they fit.
- Do repair panels need to be fabricated from scratch?
- Used OEM salvage yard body panels condition cannot be determined until it gets to the shop and stripped to bare metal.
Based on the above variables, a customer can see how inaccurate it would be to estimate labor, materials and parts cost.
So what can you do to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth and what can the restorer do to put your mind at ease?
When you first speak to a restoration shop there are a few things that you should expect to hear and see.
You should of course be given a tour of the shop as a matter of course. Don’t be so excited about your own project that you fail to take a really good look at other people's projects which are under way. Walk through with a very critical eye. Now if you see something that you don’t like, ask. There should be an explanation, not an excuse.
After your tour of the shop sit down to discuss your project with the restorer. The first thing that you should hear from any restorer is that the job will be expensive, there is no getting around it, and if you are not hearing that message then you may have a problem. This is why it is critical to have a restorer who explains all of this to you before you start, so that you can make an informed decision whether you really want to restore that car.
If after a good talk about procedures, costs, billing and parts acquisition you feel comfortable with the shop, you’ll be able to get started.
In order to give you a more accurate price range, we'll need to talk to you about the current condition of the sheet metal, chrome, interior and what is your desired level of restoration will be.