Antique Classic Car Insurance: Finding a Restoration Shop
When it comes to fixing up and restoring a classic and antique vehicles, not all enthusiasts and collectors have the ability to do the work on their own. Whether you lack the space, the time, the tools or the knowhow relinquishing your baby to a shop can be an agonizing experience. But when you find the right professionals who are well equipped to tackle the job, the results can be magical.
There are hundreds of restoration professionals in the United States and around the world who specialize in restoring vintage rides to their former glory and beyond; the trick is finding the right match for both your vehicles and your dreams. As such, it is essential to know your goal for the finished product and your budget, before ever setting foot into a shop. Doing so will allow you to make informed decisions about the type of restoration professional you are looking for and can help you budget appropriately to make sure your vehicle turns out just the way you imagined.
Specialty and restoration auto shops typically have specific areas of focus and as such it is vital that you find a shop with the right expertise, experience and track record. Here are a few tips to help you get started finding a quality shop:
- Get referrals– Ask around at auto shows and clubs for recommendations. Who better to ask than collectors who have real life examples of a shop’s work? Auto shows are great places to gather leads and recommendations, but the research shouldn’t stop there.
- Compare and Contrast– Shopping around and speaking with multiple shops will help you get a better sense of the scope, cost and timeline of the project. Stay away from shop that seem too high or too low when compared to the average estimate for the restoration. Most reputable shops will give you similar and competitive estimates; this is after all how they make their living.
- Focus on Restoration– it’s very likely that you will find a shop or two eager to take on your restoration project that offer collision repair services as well. Some experts caution against working with “combination shops” because most restoration professionals build reputation and livelihood solely on such projects and therefore often have more experience and knowledge.
At Condon Skelly, we know how exciting collecting exotic, classic and sports cars can be. That’s why we specialize in offering complete antique classic car insurance. We’re a group of collectors, enthusiasts, and professionals who specialize in insuring all types of collector vehicles. Our team is as passionate about protecting your vehicles as you are about collecting them. We can help you secure affordable, industry-leading specialty car insurance coverage to protect your classic, antique, or exotic vehicles. For more information, contact our antique classic car insurance specialists today at (866) 291-5694.