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Things to think about when considering a restoration.

 To car lovers like us, a classic car is a rolling work of art. You wouldn't trust a work of art to just anyone. You will want to check out all of your options when looking for a resto shop. Knowledge, workmanship and price are all important considerations.
 How much knowledge do they have about your particular vehicle? What is their workmanship and quality like? You'll want someone who can do the job right, but won't take forever to do it. What are their hourly rates? Restoring a car can be expensive, and it is difficult to accurately estimate what the final cost will be.


 When you take your daily driver to a mechanic, they can tell you what needs to be fixed,how long it will take and what it will cost. When taking a car to a restorer, however, they can only tell you the problems they can see on initial inspection. There are always hidden problems that appear only once work has started. For example: Metal rot behind seats or under carpets, internal damage to seat padding or headliner due to mice, frame rot in areas not visible until the body is removed, metal rot or inferior repairs covered up by previous owners, etc. The more damage is found the more time it will take to repair, therefore higher cost. If a restorer gives you a rock solid quote they are generally giving you a "worst case scenario" price which is the price you will pay even if the car takes less work to finish. In other words, if the car takes less time than the quote called for, you are being overcharged! So it pays to do your homework and find out how the shop charges.

Paying the bill 

 Considering the length of time required for a restoration it is not possible nor desirable to pay only after all work is done. Most restoration shops will require a downpayment, as well as weekly or monthly payments to keep the work moving along. Most shops will allow some negotiations in the payment schedule.

Save some money!

 Sometimes you can save yourself some money by doing some of the work ahead of time. Consult with your chosen shop to see if this is an option. The work you can do at home will depend on your skills and tools available. For example you could: remove all of the interior parts, remove all trim (carefully to avoid damage as some trim parts are hard to replace), remove glass, sanding and grinding previous paint or body fill off, etc.