5 tips for classic and custom cars

5 tips for classic and custom cars

Before you dash out to purchase your dream car or start customizing your daily driver, consider these pointers:

  1. Don't trust "for sale" photos you see online. An automobile might appear perfectly restored on the surface, but you never know what lies beneath. Hire a trusted mechanic, vintage car expert or an independent inspector to evaluate the car before you buy.
  2. Don't buy a car that was recently restored — buy one that was restored at least five years ago. You'll be able to see how the car has held up and determine if any lingering damage or issues exist that can't be hidden with a fresh coat of paint.
  3. Make a plan. No matter what, customizing or restoring your ride will cost time and money. Knowing how you want the finished product to look and drive can help you avoid costly mistakes.
  4. When hiring a shop, make sure to do your research. Be wary of rough estimates for parts or services. Don't allow the shop to make a single change without a written order that includes the cost difference.
  5. Double-check with your insurance company to ensure proper coverage. Buying specialty insurance might be required to ensure your antique car is properly protected.

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wayne mikosz


I agree w/ Karl. This is not your stuff. There are SO MANY more viable sources for this information. Keep doing the good guy / bad guy stuff, but stop advising car people what to do.

karl pape


You're competing with Hemmings and a number of other restoration magazines, appraisers and classic car clubs. I tried to use your restoration listing and they were few and weak. I recommend you stay away from this field

classic car insurance


Specialty car insurance doesn't only better protect you, but it also may end up being cheaper since a classic car isn't one that is usually used as a daily driver.

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