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4 Common Classic Car Restoration Scams

classic-car-scamsThe quality and reliability of classic car restoration shops is going to vary just like any other industry. You are going to come across top notch companies that take great pride in what they do. You will also find companies that operate with less than honorable methods.

Unfortunately there are shops out there that will cut corners and do what they can to make a quick buck. Most shops however would not stay in business very long if they operated this way. It is good to be cautious when hiring a company or individual, but have faith that with enough research you will find a reputable restoration shop like Wilson Auto Repair.

Before we get into the four common scams, we want you to offer you a great article on what to ask before hiring a classic car restoration shop. If you take your time to ask the right questions you are likely to avoid falling victim to one of these fraudulent schemes.

1. Avoid Absurd Promises

Plain and simple, if it sounds too good to be true, then it likely is. If a restoration shop offers you a bid that is half the price of other shops then you are surely going to get half the quality. The fact of the matter is that a high quality restoration is going to take some money to properly complete. It can be tempting to take the lowest price, but do yourself a favor and pay the extra amount to have the job done right the first time. When it comes to classic car restorations the old saying is true… “Buy Once, Cry Once”.

2. Today Only Specials

Any time you are planning to spend a lot of money on a product or service, a limited time offer should always be avoided. Companies use this tactic to limit the amount of time you have to shop around for other prices. Their hope is that you will feel pressured to take the deal so you don’t miss out on savings. A fair deal on expensive items should be consistently priced today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future.

3. Complicated Terms and Conditions

If a restoration shop has a contract with confusing jargon and complex legal disclosures you should see a red flag that they are trying to hide something. It is in everyone’s best interest to keep the agreement as clear and simple as possible. A good rule of thumb is to only commit to a deal that could be explained to a child. If not, our advice is to continue your search for another restoration shop.

4. Massive Down Payments

An initial down payment is often required to ensure you are committed to the project, but a large up-front sum of cash could be a sure sign of a scam. A business that is in financial trouble may require a large down payment. Even worse, there are heart breaking stories of people paying enormous up front fees only to have the business close the very next day. Well established shops should require a minimal down payment and then require fair progress payments as work is done on your classic car or truck.

The bottom line is this… take your time when choosing a classic car restoration shop, avoid too good to be true scenarios and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Doing so will ensure that you find a reputable business and will allow you to proceed with confidence.

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