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How To Restore A Classic Car

Oct 25, 2007
Restoring a classic car can be tricky business especially if you have never done it before. You have lots to think about from where you can get the parts from to how it's going to affect your classic car insurance.

The first thing to do when restoring your car is to make sure that you have enough room to do this. The best place for this is usually a garage because you are out the way, not taking up valuable space in the house and not making a mess of the house. To save space you can store parts like the engine, gear - box, doors and bonnet in a basement or shed while you are working on the car.

You need to be prepared that some aspects of restoring your classic car are going to be more involved that what you anticipate. For example, you may not be able to find the parts you need, get matching colours to existing parts and getting classic car insurance may take longer than you think. The reason why this can be difficult is because if you want to increase the value of your classic car then it is better to use as much original equipment as you can. If you are not sure about some of the work then it is best to go to a professional as it will save time and money in the long run.

Once people have restored their classic cars they tend to either sell them on or keep them for personal use. If you are keeping it for yourself then all you need to do is find somewhere safe to store it and get classic car insurance. However, if you are planning on selling it there a few tips which can help you get more money for your car.

Basic tips for attracting people to your car are to ensure its sparkling clean and change the oil. Another great tip is to service the car. This is because there is a lot to organise with a new car such as classic car insurance so if it doesn't need servicing straight away then people will be more inclined to purchase the car.

Choose where you are going to advertise you car carefully in order to ensure that you get the maximum offer for your car. People who are devoted to classic cars are more likely to pay more money so it's important to target them. A good place to start is classic car magazines as you wouldn't buy these publications if you weren't interested in cars. This is also helpful to people as they can find a car, parts for it and classic car insurance all in one place.

Taking your car to a car show or museum is bound to get it noticed if you are trying to sell it. Placing it near the venue's entrance or exit is ideal as people are bound to see it. Restoring a classic car is great fun for car fanatics regardless of whether you are keeping it or selling it on. However, follow these tips and make sure you are careful so you don't cause any damage to your pride and joy.
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