How much does it cost to restore a car?

That's a question that I hear all too often and the answer isn't quite as easy as you might think.  This is because there are just to many unknown factors to take into consideration, and doing an estimate on a restoration isn't quite the same as doing one for collision repair.

For instance I could give you an estimate on the cost but it's pretty much a given that after we tear into the car more things will come up.

Many times we run across problems with hidden rust, faulty wiring, old collision damage and other things that just aren't readily apparent.  These cars are after all  rather old  so things like this are to be expected with a restoration job.

For the same reasons this also makes it impossible to give an accurate estimate over the phone or from pictures.

Restorations are very expensive and you might as well know that by the time it's finished you're going to end up spending more than the actual value of the car. So if you're on a tight budget you might want to re-think having the restoration done.

I'm not trying to talk you out of anything but do believe in being upfront about the costs involved in restoring a car.

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1970 Chevelle restored for Mike Murchison