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Learn about classic car restoration from the pros, and get the questions about your project answered.
Most people want an estimate because their state has estimate laws like Utah where I come from. These laws say that the estimate must come within a certain amount of the actual work on the car. First I will explain why a collision shop can estimate the work on your car.
I used to own a collision repair shop. They have books and computer programs with lists of all parts and labor necessary to do the job. These aren't right on the money but they are close enough to do a great job of the estate on the collision repair.
The process of a restoration is completely different, there is no standard for times that are taken to repair rust or locate hard to find parts because it is impossible to estimate these things. To properly estimate a restoration project the shop would no doubt have to tear the car down.
The best reason that I can think of is that you love the car that you want to restore or hot rod. It reminds you of a better more simple time in your life when life was all about you and your friends, and those certain cars that you all had.
A car is a powerful reminder of certain events and times in your life. Maybe you met your wife and took her on your first date in that car. Maybe you had some of the best times in your life while driving that particular car.
A classic car restoration is a big project and you need to be ready for it. You don't want to get caught up in the moment and have bad things happen. If you plan to restore the car by yourself and have a shop do only they work you can't do yourself, you need a solid plan of action.