A complete classic car restoration project will take up plenty of your time, money, and effort (if you intend to do it yourself). But no matter how long, expensive, and exhausting the whole process can be, once you have completed the project, finding another old vehicle and restoring it will be at the top of your mind.

This, then, begs the question: Which classic car should you restore next?

When it comes to classic car restorations in Dubai, the number of models to choose from can be overwhelming. Your options include early 20th-century automobiles, post-war vehicles, ‘60s muscle cars, and ‘70s sports cars.

Because of this, the big problem isn’t finding a certain vehicle; it’s about deciding which one to buy and restore.

If you want to be sure your next car restoration project will also be worth all your time, money, and effort, follow these tips for selecting the right classic automobile:

1.) Set a budget

How much money you have set aside for buying your next vehicle is a crucial factor for your new restoration project.

Keep in mind that classic cars can be quite expensive. Because of this, you have to select a make and model that fits your budget. For instance, if you’re interested in restoring something from Ford, the 1971 Mustang Boss 351 can cost you an arm and a leg.

Mustangs manufactured between 1964 and 1968, on the other hand, are more affordable yet have excellent market values.

Consider the budget you have for the parts and restoration project as well if you will have professionals working on it.

All classic cars have a ceiling limit of value. If you exceed that limit of spending, you may have a hard time recovering the costs if you will sell it in the future.  

2.) Do some comparison shopping

Once you have set your budget, don’t buy the first one you see in a car dealership that meets this requirement. Take the time to look around for different vehicles.

Even if you think the first car you saw is perfect for your next project, you still need to look at various models in person before making your decision.

When you spend enough time looking at different classic cars from various dealers, you get the chance to compare them with one another. This, in turn, will help you decide which one would be the best purchase.

Doing some comparison shopping and not rushing into buying the first car you like will also allow you to do further research that will help you make a smarter choice for your next restoration project.

3.) Check the availability of replacement and spare parts

While doing your comparison shopping, find out the availability or lack of parts for your preferred classic cars. Go online and search different sites or online shops for components that may be replaced on your shortlisted models.

Your mechanic may also be able to help you check the availability of the aftermarket parts you will need.

In general, picking a mass-produced car is a smart decision since you will find it easier to find spare parts. The whole process would be more challenging if you get a rare model.

4.) Assess the bodywork and condition of the operational components

Once you have narrowed down your classic car options, you have to check each vehicle’s condition thoroughly.

When inspecting a vehicle, check the bodywork first. Look for rusts and dents. However, don’t make these blemishes your main consideration for not buying a particular car. Remember that you are purchasing a used car; as such, it is inevitable that they will have some flaws.

But if the dents and rusted parts are too large and noticeable that you have no other choice but to replace them, consider looking at other cars of the same model or another make.

Inspect the car’s operational components thoroughly as well. Check the conditions of the exhaust system, suspension, brakes, transmission, air conditioning unit, wirings, interior, and the engine as a whole.

Bear in mind that when a lot of these components have to be repaired or replaced, the total cost, difficulty, and length of your restoration project will significantly increase.

Additionally, when you need to have some parts replaced, you have to choose between getting original and modern ones. If you want your restored classic car to maintain and even increase its value, you have to opt for original parts.

If you don’t have a lot of experience in checking vehicles, consider investing in a pre-purchase car inspection in Dubai so that experts can evaluate the auto inside and out. You will also get a detailed report and suggested market price so that you can know if it is worth buying and restoring.

1.)5.) Ask for previous repairs or restoration works done on the car

Lastly, when inspecting the vehicle, look for signs that it was restored to some degree or repaired recently.

A classic car that has undergone some repairs and restoration will be a great advantage for you since this means reduced labor and expenses for you. However, ask the seller what kind of work was done and the reasons behind them.

Additionally, check if the fixes were well-done and if they were completed by professionals. You can ask the seller for the service records done on the classic car to back up his or her claims.

Without a doubt, going through all the steps for choosing which classic car to restore next can be time-consuming and exhausting. But with the help of experts, you can find the right vehicle to invest in without all the stress and hard work.

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