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FAQs – Precision Car Restoration https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com Mon, 16 Aug 2021 12:17:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 Car Restoration vs. Refurbishment https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/car-restoration-vs-refurbishment/ Wed, 10 May 2017 14:30:21 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=50873 One of the most important — and also among the most misunderstood — distinctions in the automotive restoration world is the difference between car restoration vs. refurbishment. Unfortunately, this confusion is made worse by some sellers and dealers who either use these words interchangeably, or make outright false statements intended to deceive unsuspecting buyers. What […]

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One of the most important — and also among the most misunderstood — distinctions in the automotive restoration world is the difference between car restoration vs. refurbishment. Unfortunately, this confusion is made worse by some sellers and dealers who either use these words interchangeably, or make outright false statements intended to deceive unsuspecting buyers.

What is a Car Restoration?

The operative word in the term car restoration is RESTORATION. That is, a restored car must be entirely stripped down and rebuilt from the ground-up precisely to the original manufacturers specifications. This includes visual elements (paint, grills, upholstery, etc.), mechanical systems, electrical systems, and even the radio.

What’s more – and this is another very important distinction – an allegedly restored car that features any improvements vs. the original vehicle is no longer a restored car; it’s more likely a restomod. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with restomods (in fact, some of them are flat-out awesome), they aren’t restored cars and shouldn’t be described as such.

What is a Refurbished Car?

In the simplest terms, a refurbished car – whether it was once a classic or rolled off the assembly line a few years ago – is a used car that has undergone improvements to one or more aspects, such as electronics, interiors, body, and so on.
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There is nothing fundamentally unethical about selling a refurbished classic car — provided, of course, that it is clearly identified as refurbished and not restored. The former involves making improvements, including some that may indeed be important and worthwhile. The latter involves making a car IDENTICAL to its original version. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the difference between the two can be as massive as that between “the lightning bug and lightning.”

Restoration or Refurbished: Questions to Ask

To ensure that you aren’t misled by deceptive (or sometimes, just plain ignorant) sellers or dealers, here are some critical questions to ask:

  1. Has this car been totally stripped down to the very last nut and re-built to 100% meet original specifications using original parts, or if unavailable/too expensive, exact replicas?

If the answer is yes, then it’s a restored car.

  1. Does this car have any improvements or modifications of any kind vs. the original edition that rolled off the assembly line decades ago?

If the answer is yes, then it could either be a refurbished car or a restomod.

  1. Are you willing to certify and put in writing whether I’m getting a fully restored car, refurbished car, or restomod — and do you have any problem with me getting an expert independent opinion?

If the answer is yes, you’re likely dealing with a reputable seller who is telling you the truth. If the answer is no, or if there is any push back or resistance, then it’s a red flag – watch out!  

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At Precision Restorations, we take pride in crafting full, classic car restorations, as well as awesome, eye-catching and jaw-dropping restomods. For customers who have a more limited budget and/or timeframe to work with, we also refurbish classic cars so they look amazing and drive beautifully and safely — but when we do, we NEVER describe them as restored.

To connect with a team of experts that devoted classic car owners like you have trusted for years, contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966 today, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about cars and can’t wait to help you with your next project – whether it’s restoration, restomod, refurbish, or any other vision that you want us to bring to life!

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What is a Restomod? https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/what-is-a-restomod/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:30:46 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=50853 Have you ever seen a stunningly restored car on the road, and watched in awe as it raced by you in the passing lane as if it were a super-charged muscle car? Well if so, then you’ve borne witness to one of the most glorious creations in the universe: behold the mighty restomod! What is a […]

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Have you ever seen a stunningly restored car on the road, and watched in awe as it raced by you in the passing lane as if it were a super-charged muscle car? Well if so, then you’ve borne witness to one of the most glorious creations in the universe: behold the mighty restomod!

What is a Restomod?

As the term suggests, a restomod is one part car restoration, and one part modified car. It’s the perfect blend of yesterday’s pristine craftsmanship, and today’s technology such as quick-ratio steering boxes, coil-over shocks, disc brakes, quick-ratio steering boxes, exhaust headers, aluminum cylinder heads, and more. Many restomods also incorporate enhancements such as overdrive transmissions and fuel engine modifications, which boosts performance and fuel efficiency. And of course, finding these parts is usually easier and faster than trying to hunt down specific parts for an older model, especially if production was limited (which is often the case).

At the same time – and just as importantly – a restomod may be safer to drive than a restored car; at least at high speeds on the freeway, or under demanding driving conditions. Indeed, while some restored cars are perfectly fine for regular city driving, many of them simply weren’t made for a time when 60 MPH was the posted speed, and the flow of traffic often exceeds corpssport.fr that. The same goes for older cars that were built for relatively pleasant driving conditions. Owners in parts of the country that are subject to plenty of rain or snow may find that a restomod is not just a good idea, but a necessary one to preserve the integrity, performance and functionality.

On top of this, all else being equal a restomod will likely have a higher resale value than a restored car, simply because there will be more demand from more people. What’s more, the work done and parts added to thrust the glorious car into the 21st century will certainly increase its value, much how home improvements boost resale values that often equal or even exceed the initial investment.

restomodWith all of this being said, is a restomod right for you? Ultimately, that’s not a decision we can make for you, nor is it one that you should make lightly. While there are ways to approach a restomod that minimize investment and maximize value, it’s a significant undertaking. There are pros and cons, do’s and don’ts, and you need to evaluate all of these before making an informed decision. Fortunately, you can get the help you need by contacting the car restomod experts at Precision Restorations today!

Get the Help You Need at Precision Restorations

To connect with a team of restomod experts that devoted classic car owners like you have trusted for years, contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966 today, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about cars and can’t wait to help you with your next project!

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The 3 Biggest Reasons Why Car Restoration With No Experience is a BAD Idea https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/biggest-reasons-car-restoration-needs-experience/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:30:14 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=50846 The world is full of bad ideas that, thankfully, stand out as major errors before they’re brought to life. For example, deciding to get rid of wasps by throwing rocks at their nest? Bad idea. Putting the “if you lick a frozen pole in winter it’ll stick” warning to the test? Bad idea. Opting for […]

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The world is full of bad ideas that, thankfully, stand out as major errors before they’re brought to life. For example, deciding to get rid of wasps by throwing rocks at their nest? Bad idea. Putting the “if you lick a frozen pole in winter it’ll stick” warning to the test? Bad idea. Opting for the super-ultra-mega-hot wings that even the waitress doesn’t want you to order? Bad idea.

Then, there are other bad ideas that are less obvious from the outset, but quickly reveal their catastrophic nature. And on this dubious list is the thought of doing car restoration on your own with no experience. Below, we highlight the 3 main reasons why you should not head down this path (and why you, your family, and basically everyone who cares about your financial and emotional well-being will be grateful).

1. You will spend an excessive amount of money.

Yes, you’re prepared to spend some money for car restoration. But are you prepared to spend double, triple, or maybe even ten times the amount in your budget? Well, you should be – because that’s more likely to be the tally when the dust settles. Indeed, as noted by AutoWeek.com: “We’ve never met an enthusiast who restored a car and didn’t overspend the budget. Ever. Even if you’ve set aside enormous mounds of cash, you’ll buy things you never accounted for.”

2. It will take far more time than you expect.

If you think that your car restoration project will take about 50 hours from start to finish, then think again. Because without the expertise, technology and tools you need, it’s almost certainly going to take hundreds of hours (yes hundreds), and it still may not be done right. Surely you have something better to do with this time; something that won’t involve as much dirt, grease…and swearing.

3. It is probably not going to be your idea of fun.

“Aha,” you might be thinking, “I don’t mind spending hundreds of hours restoring my car, because it will be a labor of love.”

Oh, really? Well, if it turns out to be even remotely enjoyable, then consider your experience to be the rare exception rather than the norm – because the overwhelming majority of DIY car restoration attempts are frustrating, unsatisfying and miserable.

Why? Well, aside from the fact that it’s going to be a time-consuming money pit, you simply won’t see the progress or results that you expect and deserve. In fact, things might get so unbearable that you just give up on owning a restored car — which would be a tragedy!

Get the Help You Need at Precision Restorations

Fortunately, you can steer clear of these pitfalls by contacting the car restoration experts at Precision Restorations today. We’ll help you save time, money and stress, plus we’ll educate you on how you can maintain your beautifully-restored car, so that it will fill you with satisfaction and pride year after year.

To connect with a team of restoration experts that devoted classic car owners like you have trusted for years, contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966 today, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about cars and can’t wait to help you with your next project!

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How to Find the Right Car Restoration Shop https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/car-restoration-shop/ Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:59 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=50841 If you’re new to the world of car restoration (welcome aboard!), or if you’re a seasoned car restoration veteran who regularly attends shows (so do I – make sure you say hello!), the basic fact remains that finding the right car restoration shop is a top priority. Indeed, whether you need some timely and honest advice […]

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If you’re new to the world of car restoration (welcome aboard!), or if you’re a seasoned car restoration veteran who regularly attends shows (so do I – make sure you say hello!), the basic fact remains that finding the right car restoration shop is a top priority.

Indeed, whether you need some timely and honest advice from experts, or comprehensive hands-on services and solutions, choosing the right car restoration shop makes all the difference to your experience and expense. Simply put, the ideal partner will be rewarding, while the wrong one will be regrettable.

Yet with this in mind, finding the right car restoration shop can be a challenge. Some shops notoriously over-promise, under-deliver and aren’t worried about their reputations or building a loyal community of customers. Bottom line, all they care about is making money.

Fortunately, you can avoid these shifty operations by learning exactly what to look for in a car restoration shop. Distinguish legitimate car restoration shops that are worthy of your patronage and support, from those that you should definitely avoid if you value your money, time, vehicle…and sanity! Here is what I suggest you focus on when exploring, evaluating, and ultimately choosing the right car restoration shop for your current and future needs:

  • Make sure they specialize in car restoration.

I can’t emphasize this enough, because it’s a major problem in the marketplace: many body shops advertise themselves as restoration specialists – and that is not the case! As noted by Hemming Motor News: “Restoration shops are not body shops, and body shops are not restoration shops.”

As such, make sure you choose a partner that has the in-house expertise and advanced equipment you need. If they don’t, then you can conclude that they aren’t a car restoration shop at all – and aren’t worth your consideration, let alone your business and loyalty.

  • Demand nothing less than a personal and comprehensive design consultation.

If you come across a car restoration shop that refuses to provide you with a personalized and comprehensive design consultation, then drive on. They won’t satisfy your needs, because they’re not even interested in discovering what they are in the first place!

The right car restoration partner will take pride in spending quality time with you to understand the full picture: your needs, goals, aspirations, and concerns. Based on this information, they’ll provide you with options and recommendations, and empower you to make a decision that is best for YOU – not them.

  • Get a comprehensive cost estimate.

One of the easiest ways to spot an unprofessional and risky car restoration shop, is if they’re reluctant – or just refuse – to provide you with a comprehensive cost estimate. Typically, these types of operations say things like “we can’t give you an estimate until we start the work.” Or, they provide you with a range that is so large (e.g. “somewhere between $1500 and $7500), that the estimate is meaningless.

The right car restoration shop will provide you with a comprehensive, robust cost estimate that incorporates input from all members of their technical team. You can then make an informed decision on if and how to proceed. For example, you may decide to do some restoration work now, and some in the future. Or it may be advantageous (cost-wise as well as convenience) to have more work done now vs. spreading things out.

  • They should be obsessed with quality.

Do you know how real estate professionals say that the three most important things in selling or buying a home are location, location and location? Well when it comes to car restoration, specialists agree that the three most important things are quality, quality and quality.

As such, ensure that your car restoration shop never takes short-cuts or compromises on quality – because that’s NOT in your best interest. There must be a dedicated quality assurance process in place, and you should get clear jargon-free answers to questions about quality. If that’s not the case, then save yourself a great deal of money and frustration by crossing them off your list. They don’t deserve your business.

  • They should LOVE talking about car restoration.

Last but certainly not least: no matter how busy the shop may be or how popular they are (and you should of course be able to read testimonials to verify their reputation), you should never feel intimidated about asking ANY question about car restoration; from simple maintenance tips, to complex inquiries about systems and materials. In other words: the right car restoration company is one that loves classic cars as much as you do — or possibly even more!

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To connect with a team of restoration experts that you can trust, contact Precision Restorations toll free at 1-844-652-1966 today, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. I would be happy to help you with your next project!

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What does a car restoration cost? https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/what-does-a-car-restoration-cost/ Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:02:58 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=50338 Inevitably, and understandably, this is almost always the first question we hear from individuals considering a car restoration. Unfortunately, it’s also the hardest question for us to answer. The reason? Car restoration costs vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle, and it’s nearly impossible to provide an accurate estimate without an in-depth inspection of your vehicle. […]

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Inevitably, and understandably, this is almost always the first question we hear from individuals considering a car restoration. Unfortunately, it’s also the hardest question for us to answer. The reason? Car restoration costs vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle, and it’s nearly impossible to provide an accurate estimate without an in-depth inspection of your vehicle.

There are 2 factors that will most likely affect your vehicle’s restoration cost:

  • The current condition of your vehicle. This matters not only for cosmetic reasons, but also for mechanical reasons. For example, the cost to restore a ‘67 Chevy that’s been sitting in your backyard for the last 20 years will be significantly more than restoring that same ‘67 Chevy that’s being used as a daily means of transportation.
  • Your restoration goals. What are you looking to achieve by restoring your vehicle? Restoration goals vary greatly from person to person. A simple cosmetic “facelift”, for example, will cost significantly less than a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration.
  • Determining an accurate cost estimate involves an intense, 4-hour vehicle inspection. Though it’s nearly impossible to guarantee an accurate estimate without inspecting your vehicle in person, we can provide you with a more accurate estimate by finding out more about your restoration goals and the vehicle’s current condition. We’d love for you to give us a call so we can get the conversation started.

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