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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Double-check with your insurance company to ensure proper coverage. Buying specialty insurance might be required to ensure your antique car is properly protected.