Do you find that you are getting ever more nostalgic as you get older? Many people do and they look for examples of their younger days as they reflect. Perhaps this is why some people are turning to classic car restoration as a way to recapture some of their youth. If you have an eye on a period car and would love to spend some time restoring it to its former glory, this is a fantastic pastime. However, there are a few things you should do before you dive headlong into a car restoration project.
Check Out the Vehicle in Person
Rule number one in this business is never to make a deal to purchase a vehicle for restoration until you have actually seen it. Do not rely on descriptions, photos or even videos, as nothing is as important as that visual inspection. It's also a good idea, if you are new to this business, to get a professional to give it the once over. It's not unheard of for such an inspector to find something that even the seller was not aware of.
Consider Insurance Costs
Talk with your insurance company to see how much it will cost you to cover this vehicle, both while it is under preparation and when it is finished. You may not have plans to drive the car very much, but you need to be looking at the small print and considering the premium before you start out.
Think About Ongoing Maintenance
Determine how much it's going to cost you to keep the car after you've finished restoring it. If you do plan on driving it, then you will need ongoing maintenance and will need to be sure that it is protected from rust and corrosion, a particular issue with older vehicles.
Ask About Parts and Availability
Don't go ahead without first researching not just the cost, but also the availability of parts for your classic car. These are likely to be pricey and can sometimes be difficult, if not impossible to find, especially at short notice. Set your budget realistically once you've done this research.
Consider the Bigger Picture
Now that you're aware of all the potential issues or challenges, have a look on the bright side and embrace the type of hobby that you are considering. Not only will you have a great deal of fun in restoring the car, but it's likely that you will meet others who are similarly engaged and be able to make new, lifelong friendships as a consequence.