You can use these classic car restoration FAQs to learn about how we work with you on auto body and paint restoration projects. We also handle full restoration jobs on a limited basis. We work with a small number of highly trusted interior and mechanical restoration partners when we are managing a full restoration.
How much does classic car restoration cost?
All restoration projects involve 3 main areas: auto body, interior, and mechanical. The cost depends on the vehicle condition in each of these areas as well as the level of restoration you want. Read more here: How much does a classic car restoration cost? We cannot make a fixed-price estimate for your restoration project. All restoration projects are performed on a time and materials basis. We will keep you informed at every step of the way so you can make decisions about how you would like to move forward.
Can I get a classic car restoration cost estimate over the phone?
We need to physically see the vehicle before we can even provide you with a range of cost options. We can start the conversation with a phone call. If you send us detailed photos of the condition of your vehicle and we can sometimes tell you whether or not it will be worth the effort to save the vehicle. There is no way for us to tell you, in advance, what your exact cost will be for restoration. Read more here: How much does a classic car restoration cost? All restoration projects are performed on a time and materials basis. We will keep you informed at every step of the way so you can make decisions about how you would like to move forward.
How long does it take to do a complete car restoration?
A concourse level restoration takes much longer than a daily driver restoration. Depending on the condition of the vehicle, some restorations will take much longer than others. For example, body restoration costs and timelines themselves can be affected by several factors. In addition, if parts are more difficult to source, this step can create delays in the overall schedule. When we look at your car, we can offer a general idea of timeline but, sorry, we can’t make completion date guarantees.
How long will it be until you start my restoration?
In order to provide an excellent quality restoration, we only work on one (maybe two) restoration projects at a time. Each restoration is unique. A restoration project’s schedule may change based on what we find or how difficult it is to source specific parts. If your project has a delay, all the projects after it will also be delayed. We do our best to keep everything moving but we cannot guarantee a start date. It’s best to be on our list so we can call you when we are getting close to being able to start your vehicle restoration.
Do you do classic car interior restoration?
When you bring your restoration project to us, we will manage the entire project. We work with a small number of vetted interior restoration professionals. On full restoration jobs, we subcontract the interior work to them. In most cases, when the restoration of interior parts is complete, we re-fit them after all the auto body and paint work is done. We do not take on interior-only restoration projects.
Do you do mechanical repair and restoration work?
When you bring your restoration project to us, we will manage the entire project. We work with a small number of vetted mechanical restoration professionals. On full restoration jobs, we subcontract the engine, transmission, exhaust and other mechanical work to them. In most cases, when the restoration of mechanicals is complete, we re-fit everything after all the auto body and paint work is done. We do not take on mechanical-only restoration projects.
Why do you sub out parts of the restoration process?
There are two answers. First, we’re focused on excellence in auto body and paint restoration. It’s what we’re great at doing. Second, we know that interior and mechanical work are specialties. We’ve chosen to partner with shops we know and trust who are as good at these specialties as we are at auto body and paint work. They send us their body work and we send them our interior and mechanical work. You’ll get the best of all three working together. If we’re handling your restoration, you can be sure we’ll work with our partners to get the job done right. We guarantee the work with our limited lifetime warranty.
Can you fix transporter damage to my classic car or truck?
When you bring your vehicle to the shop, we can provide an initial estimate of the damage based on what we can see. Just like with collision repair, there can be hidden damage we’re not able to see until we begin disassembly. We can provide an initial estimate based on what we can see. You can submit a claim to your insurance agent and let them know we will provide you with supplements if we find additional hidden damage during repairs.
Will you do minor dent and paint repair on my classic?
The work to repair body and paint work can be considerable even if the damage seems minor. We are happy to look at the condition of your classic vehicle’s body and paint work. We’ll give you an honest estimate of what we think it will take to make your classic vehicle look like it did before the damage occurred.
Can you do a tune up or engine repair on my classic car or truck?
Depending on your vehicle, we’ll be happy to refer you to a local mechanic we trust who can help keep your restored classic running smoothly. If we don’t have someone specific to refer, we can offer you some names of shops that might be able to make a recommendation to someone they know and trust.
Do you do classic car detailing?
When we restore a classic car or truck, we make sure it’s in top shape before sending it back home with you. After that, we recommend you find a trusted auto detailer with experience in detailing classic vehicles that often use different materials than modern cars and trucks.
What we value
What we value
We serve our community with the highest quality repairs and restorations – because we have a passion for cars and respect the people who own them.
We do that with:
- Honesty – We don’t lie, cheat, or steal.
- Respect – We speak to and treat coworkers and customers better than we want to be treated ourselves.
- Professionalism – We show up, watch the details, and do things right because we care about the work we do (and the people we do it for)
Interested in talking about your auto body restoration project?
If we sound like the kind of place you want to work on your project, please call 919-552-0333 and ask to speak to Alan, the shop owner and founder.
When you call, Alan might be in the back working on a car or out taking care of a customer by getting parts or delivering a vehicle to one of our many partners. Just let us know you’re calling about a restoration project or leave a message if he’s out doing an estimate or receiving parts.
Send us a message!
If you’d rather use email, please use this contact form and let us know you’re interested in talking about a restoration project. Please let us know the year, make, model, and kind of work you’d like to discuss.
Also note that we’re in Fuquay Varina, NC. If you are located out of state, it may be difficult to provide an estimate. That’s because we need to physically inspect the vehicle before we can agree to take on the job.