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9 Guides for Classic Car Restorations: From Where to Start to Staying on Budget

Restoring a classic car or truck is no easy task.  While we dream of restoring and enjoying a collector car, the reality can sometimes be overwhelming.  Most restorations can take years to complete and are certainly not easy on the pocketbook.

This is why all classic car restorations need to be approached with caution.  You really need to have the passion and do your homework before getting involved. If you can do both of those things and also have patience during the process, the rewards are immeasurable.

Don’t know quite where to start?  Not a problem.  We have compiled some of our best guides to help you navigate your course of actions.   Read on to discover the 9 guides for classic car restorations that will help you get started, choose the right shop, avoid being scammed and stay on budget.
1) 7 Steps to Take Before Starting a Classic Car Restoration Project – There are many questions that need to be asked and addressed before any restoration project ever begins. So before you start grabbing tools and wrenching on your ride, take a look at this article to help you get prepared.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/7-steps-take-starting-classic-car-restoration-project/

2) Where to Begin When Restoring a Classic Car – Unless you are a restoration expert you are likely going to require help from experts like Wilson Auto Repair sometime during your restoration. Many classic car owners though take great pride in doing as much of the work as they can. Here is a great article that will help you decide where to begin with the restoration and help you discover what you are able to accomplish on your own.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/begin-restoring-classic-car/

3) How to Choose the Right Restoration Shop – Whether it is paint, interior, body work or restoring an engine and drive train, inevitably you are going to need the help of a professional. This article is a great overview of where to start looking and setting expectations you will require from the experts you finally choose.
https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/choose-right-restoration-shop/

4) How to Assess a Classic Car Restoration Shop – Once you have a few restoration professionals in mind you will want to know how to assess their skills to make sure they are the right fit for you and your classic car project. This article lends some great advice to help you feel confident you are choosing the right people for the job.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/assess-classic-car-restoration-shop/

5) 4 Common Classic Car Restoration Scams – Buyer beware! Unfortunately there are some unscrupulous characters out there that are just trying to make a quick buck. Here are 4 of the most common scams out there that should raise huge red flags when researching a restoration shop.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/4-common-classic-car-restoration-scams/

6) What to Ask Before Hiring a Classic Car Restoration Shop – You have done your homework and are ready to hire the right professionals to work on your restoration. Before you pull the trigger we have some questions you will want to be sure are answered before you sign on the dotted line.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/ask-hiring-classic-car-restoration-shop/

7) How Come Classic Car Restorations Take So Long? – Each restoration has its own life cycle, but for the majority you can expect a significant amount of time to get the job done right. In this article we try to give you our best explanation of why classic car and truck restorations are not an overnight process.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/come-classic-car-restorations-take-long/

8. How to Restore a Classic Car on a Budget – Money doesn’t grow on trees and restoring a classic car would require half a forest if it did. The name of the game is getting the best product for the least amount of cash. Here is some great advice on how to develop a budget and how to set realistic spending expectations.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/restore-classic-car-budget/

9) How to Stay on Budget with Your Classic Car Restoration – Setting a budget is half the battle. The other half is sticking to it. Chances are there are going to be unexpected expenses along the way, but there are some things you can do to help make sure the restoration budget doesn’t skyrocket out of control.

https://www.wilsonauto.com/wilson-auto-blog/stay-budget-classic-car-restoration/

If you have any other questions about classic car restorations feel free to give us a call at our shop Monday thru Friday, 8am – 5pm CDT at (972) 271-3579.  You can also email your questions to us through our Wilson Auto Repair website contact page, and we will be sure to answer your questions promptly.

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