Automotive Restoration: Yay Or Nay?

All those TV programs about classic car restorations just make you want to get out there, purchase a relic and restore it to new. But there’s more to automotive makeovers and the sooner you understand what it entails, the better will you be able to enjoy the fruit of your efforts.

Not just any restored car carries value. Those who determine which do are fickle and only a few have withstood the test of time. The VW Beetle, Ford pickup trucks dating back to the 1950s and ’60s, and mid ’60s Ford Mustangs are a few examples. Other makes include luxury makes like Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Bentley.

Preparing for a restoration project

Prestige vehicles are more expensive

It’s no surprise that prestige cars are more expensive to purchase and restore. The cost goes up even more if luxury components are added or if specific designs are recreated. If you have a fat budget, there’s a lot that can be accomplished by a competent restorer.

Everything hinges on budget

Budget will help decide what the restored car is to be used for. If it’s for display purposes then you’ll have to spend more to recreate it as close to the original as possible. If it’s for your own enjoyment or if you’re running a local entertainment service, you can rest assured that it won’t cost a bomb since you don’t have to get it looking very close to the real thing.

Cost can reduce with self-help

Not everyone knows enough about cars to undertake a restoration which is why professionals are approached. But if there are certain areas you can handle, you can significantly drive down costs. Just make sure you know what you’re doing.

Classic cars are built differently with different drivetrains most of which are not available anymore. Some can be procured from classic car dealers and collectors. They do cost and the rarer the parts the more expensive they are. However, a restoration that comes close to the original not just externally but internally as well will have much greater value and help you recover the cost of the project.

What to expect from a restored car

Professionally restored cars look great and run pretty well. But since the value lies in how well they mimic the original and how well-maintained they are, driving it too often may see damage occur. Show cars, in particular, must be perfectly maintained and indeed can only be restored by a professional. It’s a factor considered by judges.

Classic cars are head-turners and well-restored vehicles even more so. They may be fuel-hungry and not all that great on the suspension but their beauty is unparalleled. While we’ve progressed in automotive technology, design, sadly, is not at par with the cars of old, bar a few. For senior citizens, the joy of witnessing cars popular during their younger days is priceless which is probably why quite a few turn to restoration as a hobby.

How to Have a Successful Business in Automotive Repair

If you are just starting out or trying to build your automotive repair business’s reputation, you may not know exactly where to begin. The automotive repair business is very competitive and it is easy to go unnoticed among bigger, more well-known brand name businesses. There are a few things you can do to earn a solid reputation in your area and get customer’s to notice your business.

Keep continuing your education. Every year, vehicles are updated continuously. Unless you own a specialty shop that only works with antique cars, you need to keep up-to-date with your knowledge of newer cars. You should have a certain amount of money set aside to continue your education and help your mechanics stay on top of the market.

Hire only certified mechanics to work in your garage.When your mechanics know how to work on a variety of cars and are certified, more customers will be drawn to your business. They will develop the trust that is necessary to have customers willing to come back to your repair shop whenever their car needs a minor inspection or something more intensive.

It is very important to keep your garage looking neat and clean. It can be easy to neglect the garage because things will become dirty easily. But you must keep this area clean for safety reasons and for your company image. Customers like to see that the shop is well taken care of and will feel more at ease about your mechanics getting in and out of their cars. No one wants oil and grease tracked into their cars, so make sure your mechanics take necessary precautions to avoid this.

Don’t neglect the lobby or the customers. Sometimes customers have to wait for a long time in the lobby while their vehicles are repaired. Your lobby should be clean, inviting, and have something for the customers to do. A vending machine for snacks, magazines, and a TV are essential when trying to keep customers from becoming impatient. Make sure your lobby furniture is comfortable and clean.

You should also keep the customers informed of what is happening with their vehicle and the progress on the repair. A long wait is hard, but a long wait without knowing what is happening and how much longer the repairs may take is even harder. Keeping the customers informed shows that you respect them and want to keep them involved.