Classic car restoration tips

Classic car restoration tips

Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies, collects reports on more than 80 classic car or custom car categories.

In a nationwide Angie's List poll, nearly one in eight members say they own a classic, custom or restored vehicle.

Before you dash out to purchase your childhood dream car or start customizing that hatchback in your driveway, consider these Angie’s List tips.

  • Don’t trust the “for sale” photos you see online: An automobile might appear perfectly restored on the surface, but you never know what lies beneath. Have a restoration mechanic or vintage car expert inspect 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.
  • When customizing, 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 differential.
  • Check with your insurance company to ensure proper coverage: The use of a specialty insurance company might be required to make certain your antique car is properly protected.

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