If you’re considering buying a project vehicle for the autumn weather, read on. Vintage or classic cars are on demand now more than ever, and that means they can be quite pricey. For an average collector, the prices are far out of reach, and you can only dream of owning a 1971 Plymouth Superbird 440 or Dodge Charger R/T 440. That being said, many classic car collectors nowadays turn to restoring their own classic cars or the ones they find.
Restoring a classic car can be a challenge. It’s no walk in the park, no doubt about that. But it can also be extremely exciting and rewarding. We have the storage and parking space for your project vehicle until you’re ready to get started. With the right tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can choose the right car and restore it to its former glory. But there’s plenty of work before you get there.
Let’s get started:
Choose the car carefully
Before you even embark on this journey, you need to make sure that you’ve made the right choice. Not every old car is worth restoring. You need to choose the type that is desirable, and that will remain so for at least some time. Most of the old cars aren’t worth much and won’t do you any good to restore them because their value on the market is low.
Don’t buy on impulse the first old car you set your eyes on just because you think it looks good. Make an informed decision by doing some research beforehand. Doing some research on the web about the make and model of the car will give you valuable insights whether or not the car is worth restoring in the first place.
Make sure that the necessary replacement parts are available for purchase
Some makes and models are so rare that you won’t be able to find the replacement parts that you need. This can put your restoration on hold, even end it. Rare replacement parts can be so hard to get by that you will give it all up in the end. Apart from being rare, they are also expensive, precisely because they’re so rare. To make sure you stay on budget and within your schedule, do your homework before you actually make the purchase.
Think twice before buying a vehicle that won’t start or doesn’t come with keys
If you’re on a tight budget, buying a car that won’t run is going to be quite expensive. Even if you have enough money, a car that won’t start isn’t a smart investment. It is definitely a gamble. Sometimes all you’d need is a new battery, but most often than not you’d need an entire new engine which can be quite costly.
Talk to the pros
Unless you’re the expert yourself, you should always consult with someone who’s done restorations before or who knows the ins and outs of classic car restorations. Sometimes people think they know everything it takes, but they end up buying a car that is eaten away by rust. An expert will tell if the car is too rusty to restore, or perhaps too rare or damaged. Either way, two pair of eyes are better than one. After all, better safe than sorry.