Classic cars are a labour of love for so many of us, those fortunate enough to be able to own one can only tell you how rewarding it can be. For many of us restoring a classic car is simply too time-consuming, costly, and sadly too ambitious a project to take on. That is where AM Restorations can help, by offering an unparalleled restoration service at an affordable price.

If you are in the initial stages of getting your classic car restored, we have created some helpful advice to make sure you make the right decisions and understand just how we can help.

What’s your Budget?

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Getting your classic car restored can be an extremely expensive project to take on, with many enthusiasts not finding out until they are part way through, with an already unhealthy money and time investment already! It is extremely important to decide upon a ballpark figure at the very beginning and base all your decisions upon it.

Depending on your situation, you may find yourself looking into purchasing a classic car in the first instance. This is the pivotal stage, where as long as you are making an informed choice, you will understand what make and model classic car you could comfortably afford to restore. Alternatively, you may already have a pre-loved classic vehicle in your possession that you are looking to return to its former glory. Chances are in this situation you will be very clued up and be seeking the most cost-effective restoration solution.

Depending on your motor knowledge, you should be able to take an inventory of everything that needs to be done. This should include everything that needs to be done to complete the project, from paints to tyres, to panels and doors. Do you have the right specialist tools? Do they need to be purchased on top of components and parts? The list just goes on, and is very daunting, especially if it’s your first project.

One thing to mention is that whatever figure you come up with, it will over-run; by up to 30% in some instances.

What’s Your Timeframe?

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Another important factor when considering getting your classic car restored is timing, more importantly, how long can you wait for it to be done! Carrying out a restoration yourself will be slow going, especially if you have limited knowledge and of course, experience. With timings you must be realistic in how long it is going take, taking into account your skills, and spare time.
Getting hold of parts can also be a time-consuming part of a restoration, specialist garages have many sources and resources that they have gathered over their time, you on the other hand, have not!

The thought of restoring a classic car yourself may sound like the ideal hobby, but with limited time, you could find it very frustrating. You may even find yourself falling into the trap of wanting to redo and carry out previously done jobs as you become more proficient! It is usually at this point that many admit defeat and decide to get the help of a profession, for the sake of their sanity!

What Level of Restoration do you Need?

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This goes hand in hand with choosing your budget, but you would be surprised at how many people constantly add more and more upgrades to their lists. Of course, wanting the best job carried out and getting the most authentic parts should be your goal, but not if you are going to run out of money and steam halfway through! Do not bite off more than you can chew. Be realistic, grounded, and you will not find yourself taking an exceptionally long extended break from your restoration project!

What Will You Do With Your Restored Car?

What will you do with your restored car
It is recommended that you know exactly what you are going to do with your classic or vintage car once it is restored at the onset. If you are planning on selling it, make sure that it will be cost-effective, or even if you are planning on keeping it, how and where will it be kept.

Trust In a Professional

What can we take from all of this? Sometimes what we want and what we can produce are sadly two different things. You may be used to tinkering around with cars in your spare time, but if you are inexperienced, things can quickly get expensive, frustrating, and turn a labour of love into simple hard labour.
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Turning to a professional car restorer can not only give you the clarity that you will be receiving a restoration worthy of your classic vehicle but also give you peace of mind with your pride and joy. AM Restorations possess the knowledge and knowhow to turn your classic car dream into reality. Investing in professional work on your classic car will not lessen your enjoyment in its restoration, it means you are trusting it to be restored back to its former glory.

To find out more about our classic car restoration services call us on 01752 346544 or visit our contact page to get in touch. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to get you back on the right track with your car restoration.