Key to car restoration

RESTORE: Ask for a written estimate, one that shows what you are having repaired, the parts needed, and the approximate labour charge. Make sure you get a signed copy.
RESTORE: Ask for a written estimate, one that shows what you are having repaired, the parts needed, and the approximate labour charge. Make sure you get a signed copy.

Sleek, shiny, with a scent of expensive leather, a car restoration is a beauty to behold, and the satisfaction of driving your dream baby could make you feel just like that little cherry on top of your icecream sundae.

If you sit and watch some of those car renos shows, then the mechanic inside you must be yearning to get out and start your own project.

You won’t be the one shouting and screaming at the staff, or groaning when a quoted two thousand dollar job turns into nine thousand and you’re wondering how to pay the rent. No siree.

You’ve made plans so that your vintage treasure gets more respect than all that hullaballoo. 

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So... you’ve bought the bomb, found a shed of sorts to store it, and now you’re waiting for the roundtoit? What? The partner wants it off the premises?

Then how to choose a mechanic fit to work on your baby is the next lot of homework.

Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and other people you trust.

Check those thumbs down sites to see if there are any legitimate complaints against the particular motor mechanic or repair shop you have in mind.

Take your time.

Write down - so its clear in your mind - what you want done, then shop around by phone and online for the best deal and a mechanic you feel comfortable with.

You can ask for them to contact you for approval before they do any work over a specified amount of time or money. 

While your dotting all your i’s you might want to know about the parts to be repaired or replaced?

NEW parts are made to original manufacturer's specifications, either by the vehicle manufacturer or an independent company. 

RECONDITIONED generally means the parts have been restored to a sound working condition.

Many manufacturers offer a warranty covering replacement parts.

SALVAGE are used parts taken from another vehicle and may be the only source for certain items.

After the work is done, your statement should list each repair, parts supplied, the cost of each part, labor charges, and the vehicle's odometer reading.

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