A Quality Restoration
For those of you out there seeking a restoration shop to restore an old car or truck, here are some ideas to help you get the best quality with the fewest number of problems. Before your search begins, you must decide how you want your car restored. Do you want a concours-perfect automobile or a nice street restoration? You should visit a few different shops during working hours. This will give you an idea of how a restoration shop operates and the skill level of its work force. Take a look at the work being performed on the cars undergoing restoration. Always keep in mind that restoration shops are not body shops, and body shops are not restoration shops. They are two different types of businesses and the fact that we have both in one location is a plus for any consumer.
It is important to inspect a couple vehicles that the restorer has completed. We also store vehicles at our facility (which we have restored) and that makes it quite easy to inspect our work.
Being charged an hourly rate is the most expensive way to pay for a restoration, but if you want the absolute highest quality possible, there is no alternative, particularly from the restorer's perspective, since he will have to put in endless hours of labor until every single aspect of the car is perfect.
Be skeptical of the shop that will restore your car for a price that seems too good to be true. Once they have your car apart, if the work is much more extensive than they anticipated (and usually is), you can be sure they will cut corners in places you won't notice.
Irrespective of your car's value, or its rarity, carry full insurance coverage on the car while it's being restored at the shop and while it is being transported. Take photographs of the entire restoration. This documentation will be extremely valuable when you need to substantiate your claimed ground-up restoration should you decide to sell the car at a later date or to make an insurance claim.
West Coast Restoration takes photographs all the way through the restoration process and does give them to the customer at the end of the project.
Prior to delivering your car to any restorer's shop, you should take inventory of each and every part and note whether it is good, broken or missing. Take note of the condition of the glass (if it will be used). This will help in avoiding any misunderstandings. During the restoration, if you have any questions regarding the shop's invoices or anything for that matter, inquire at once.
While your car is undergoing restoration, keep in touch with the shop and try to visit as often as possible. Be friendly to the folks who are restoring your car and let them know how much you appreciate their work.
When the restoration of your car is finished, it should be handed over to you after the restorer has given it an extensive road test to see if everything performs as it should. There should be no problems at all.
You should get a professional appraisal and have it properly insured.
West Coast Restoration