When it comes to car shopping, you want to find the perfect ride. After all, it’s going to be yours for a while – you don’t want to settle for just anything. Some shoppers, however, just aren’t satisfied with the modern lineup and are looking for something truly one-of-a-kind. When this is the case, some drivers turn to classic cars! Restoring a classic car is a great way to get something incredibly unique AND take pride in the sweat equity that you’ve sunk into it. However, it’s not THAT simple, and you should consider the project before you tackle it. Toyota of N Charlotte is here with tips!
3 tips for restoring a classic car
Tip #1: Know what you’re getting yourself into.
You’ll also need to decide if you’re going to take on the part installation yourself or hire a skilled mechanic to do it for you. If you’re restoring the classic car yourself, you’ll need to invest in the right tools to get it done. You’ll need the basics for starters, including tools like screwdrivers, a drill with bits, wrenches and sockets, a car jack, pliers, and an air hose. You may even need access to a welder or an engine crane and stand (just make sure you’re aware of how to safely use these tools before you try to get started). You’ll also need a workspace that’s well-lit, spacious, and has access to electricity, according to our N Charlotte Toyota service experts.
Tip #2: Start searching for the right ride.
Restoring a classic car isn’t quite as simple as walking into our N Charlotte Toyota dealership and picking out a Camry – you’ll have to look somewhere other than dealerships for your new ride, for starters. Our suggestion? Hit the classifieds both online and in the newspaper, and check out specialty websites where classic car owners list their vehicles for sale. And make sure you check the car out in person before you sink your hard-earned money into it!
Tip #3: Be prepared to spend time and money on your restoration.
Classic car restorations require time AND money. It can take upwards of a year to complete a classic car restoration, especially if you’re using original vintage parts. They can be difficult to track down (and expensive!). Even if you go the modern route and use compatible current-day parts, you still have to figure out which parts are compatible and then make sure they actually work. It can also be expensive – you’ll need to get the parts, obviously, but you’ll also have to either hire a mechanic to restore your car OR invest in a workspace and tools to do the job yourself.
Let our N Charlotte Toyota dealership help you with the project!
Need more tips? Need help with car parts or advice on installation? Call us! Toyota of N Charlotte is happy to help and we’re here seven days a week. You can reach us at (704) 875-9199!