What to Consider When Choosing a Classic Car Restoration Company

September 14, 2017

 

Eager as you might be to brag to your friends about having restored your old-timer all by yourself, let’s face it – it’s best left to the pros. You can trust them to put a lot of effort into making that car your pride and joy. It’s up to you whether you want to keep your classic as authentic as possible, painstaking as it may be, or modernize it for additional comfort and convenience. You can try searching “air suspension shop near me” to find a reliable team with experience in car restoration and the various types of suspension.

 

But despite (or due to) the abundance of choice and words of wisdom from your friends and acquaintances, you could find yourself at a loss which car restoration company to choose. You’ll narrow the search by looking for a company near you, but what else should you consider?

 

We’ve decided to help you out by putting together a list of factors to consider when choosing a company specializing in classic car restoration.

 

1. Professional guidance  

Before you actually purchase an old-timer, ask a pro for help and guidance. A car might look pretty on the outside but corrosion can lurk where it cannot be easily spotted. Even if you already have the ride you’re hell-bent on restoring, it’s still a good idea to seek advice on what improvements to make and how to cut the restoration costs.

 

Also, a car that has not been in use might be a liability for that same reason. The best way to see if a company is worth your time and money is to check out their ongoing or previous work to see how thorough they really are.

 

2. Vicinity 

This one is important as you’ll want to be able to drop by any time you want. Not only will you be able to see your car as it undergoes transformation, you’ll be able to make changes to your initial decisions or talk to the experts on what they think would be the best options for you. Also, you’ll definitely want to be able to check in on the team from time to time and make sure that all the details are just perfect.

 

3. Receive a cost estimate 

Some companies will require that you pay for a portion of the price upfront, but you’ll want to know how much money you’ll need to disburse by the time the project is finished. Perhaps you’ve set up a budget beforehand, but if you’re new to car restoration, things might not turn out the way you expected. To minimize the costs (and the shock factor), ask the company for a realistic estimate in terms of time and money. 

 

4. Do your research beforehand 

First do a background check of your prospective shop. Not only will you see the company’s history and approach, as well as what other customers have had to say about its services, but you’ll also be able to browse photos of finished projects. These might even inspire you and give you ideas to use on your own car.

 

Search “air suspension shop near me” in Orange County and you’ll get Chimera Motors in the results

 

Chimera Motors has a team of expert mechanics who proudly specialize in classic cars. In addition to service and repair, our wide range of services includes classic car restoration, a variety of alterations and custom rods. Check out the gallery and see for yourself that Chimera Motors can do wonders. Tell us what you want and we’ll do our very best to make it happen! Call us today!

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