Owning a classic car is very exciting and in fact, a wonderful investment. While owning a car is a fun hobby, one must know how to evaluate the condition of the car and perform the right amount of restoration. Each car and project, will be unique, but these top basic tips for those who want to reverse the effects of time on their car should guide the way.
Decide what parts of your car you want to restore and look at your budget. Inspect your car top to bottom, inside and out to see what kind of repairs need to be done. Pick and choose which parts are most important to you and your investment. Going into your restoration with a game plan will save you time and stress in the long run. If possible take your vehicle to a shop where it could be lifted to take a good look at the condition underneath.
2. Gather your team
Decide whether you want to work with a friend who knows how to repair cars or a professional. We recommend not involving friends and family on projects like with a lot time and money invested on this process. Cars restored by people other than professionals tend to run well for a couple of years, but breakdown again. We recommend having a buddy help you along the way, but leave the main fixes to a professional.
3. Get a Second Opinion
Have a car restoration professional run some numbers to make sure they come up with something close to what you checked out in your planning process. If you need to take it to two different professionals to feel confident, it never hurts.
Start the restoration process, and visit the car shop as often as possible throughout to make sure the right work is being done. Keeping an eye on your baby will make sure you get the results you want. If this is not possible then have your mechanic send you periodical pictures and updates through email.
5. Make a Final Check
When all major restorations are done run a close and detailed inspection just like it was done during your planning to make sure everything was achieved. Take it for a ride and see if it works correctly and runs smoothly.
6. Maintenance Updates
Remember to give proper maintenance to your newly restored classic using all the recommended parts and products after it has been done. Keep an eye on everything that was fixed to make sure they are still solid. the last step, if the vehicle is properly.
7. Use Shipping Company
If you are worried about transporting your car to the right shop, need to transfer your car to a show mid restoration process, or transport it for any other reason you can always use a shipping company. JP Logistics can ship any car from fully restored to a project in process. We specialize in the enclosed transportation and storage of luxury, exotic and classic vehicles and offer reliable, professional service and excellent customer support 24/7. You can be confident your car will get to its destination in the state you brought it to us.