How to Choose the Right Car Restoration Shop

28 May 2020 Vintage Cars

If you have a passion for classic cars and want to drive a piece of history but do not have the tools or expertise to restore your own car or if you just need help with some of the more complicated parts of the restoration process, it can be useful to know some experts in the field of classic auto restoration. While there are many automotive shops all over BC, not all of them specialize in classic car repairs and services, which is why it is important to know how to choose the right car restoration shop for your needs. At Vintage Rod Shop, we have been working in classic car restoration since 2005 and we are always happy to help with any part of your restoration project.

Choosing the Best Car Restoration Shop

If you are restoring a classic car, the odds are good that you will eventually need to find a good source for parts and to possibly talk to an experienced classic car restoration expert about an issue you might be facing. It can also be helpful to find a shop that will be able to perform certain aspects of the restoration for you. Some tips to help you find a good automotive restoration shop include:

Make Sure They Can Get Parts

One of the most important processes in restoring a classic car is sourcing the right parts. While many shops might claim to be able to get the parts you need for your vehicle, it is important to know that your car restoration shop knows from where they intend to order your parts. Without thinking ahead about where the parts are coming from, you can end up waiting for a long time. It can also be helpful to work with a shop that has parts fabrication capabilities in case your parts are not available.

Review Their Past Work

If you are going to work with a classic car restoration shop, you should review some of their past work to make sure that it is up to your standards. Look for a broad range of types of vehicles and the time periods they come from. A good automotive restorer should have a comprehensive portfolio.

Review Their Service Offering

It is possible that you might want to use your classic car restorer for a range of services during the restoration process. Make sure that your restoration shop offers a good range of services to ensure that you will not be left without a solution to your needs. On top of being able to provide you with a wealth of information, an auto restoration shop should include some of the following services:

  • Service and maintenance
  • Custom fabrication
  • Part refinishing
  • Part fabrication
  • Part sourcing
  • Inspection
  • Mechanical work and assembly
  • Wood body framing
  • Upholstery
  • Chrome and specialized plating
  • Engraving
  • Engine machining
  • Wood graining
  • Instrument restoration

If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right car restoration shop for your vehicle, or to find out more about the car parts and services that we offer, please contact us at 604-538-8842.