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Can an Auto Body Repair Shop Restore My Classic Car?

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What is a Classic Car?

The exact definition of a ‘classic car’ varies by state and by automobile club. Not to be confused with older cars that fall into the ‘antique’ or ‘vintage’ classes, most agree that a classic is a ‘fine’ or ‘distinctive’ vehicle between 20 to 50 years old that has not been modified or altered. 

How Should I Maintain My Classic Car?

  • Protect your car from the elements. Ideally, you’ll keep the vehicle in a climate controlled garage. Otherwise, keep it covered and out of sunlight.
  • Detail your car. This can significantly extend the life and value of your vehicle by removing oils and dirt that can cause damage. Make sure to remove all soap scum, and consider waxing your car.
  • Schedule regular checkups. Even if you work on the car yourself, it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion from a professional. This may also be needed by your insurance.

What if My Classic Car is Involved in an Accident?

You took your classic car for a spin got into an accident, or maybe it was damaged by a careless guest. So, what now?


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If your vehicle was a newer model, you could drop it off at nearly any auto body shop. However, for a classic car, you’ll need to find a place with the right experience and resources to restore it.

Your First Concerns

After the accident, you probably have several concerns:

  • How will this damage affect my car’s value?
  • Will my insurance cover this? Will my rates change?
  • Can my car become roadworthy again?
  • Will my car become show worthy again?
  • Most importantly, how can I get this repaired?

Finding the Right Collision Repair Shop

So how do you find a Henderson or Las Vegas shop equipped for your classic car?

  • Get recommendations from other classic car enthusiasts.
  • Consult online directories like Angie’s List.
  • Ask local repair shops for their recommendations.
  • Classic car associations may be able to help. Ask them for information on where their members have gone.

Once you find a place, ask them a few key questions:

  • Have you worked on cars like this before? You need to know how much experience they have, particularly with this specific make and model.
  • Can you source the parts required to complete this job? What do they plan to do if they have difficulty finding a part?
  • Do you think your goals for this repair are realistic? Can the shop deliver the result you want, for example, a roadworthy classic car?

What to Expect During Auto Body Repair

First, the shop will examine your car and make an estimate for the cost of repairs. They’ll walk you through the issues they see and what their recommendations.

Once you’re approved, they’ll begin repairs. This may take some time, especially if the shop has to order hard-to-find parts. During the repair process, they may contact you for approval to modify the repair order if they discover more problems during the repair process.

Once repairs are complete, the shop will give you a final rundown on their work, and you will look the car over. You can then take your car home. Don’t forget any paperwork that your insurance company may require.

Accident Preparedness Checklist

To ensure you are always prepared for an auto collision or accident, carry in your classic car or wallet the following numbers:

  • Your insurance information.
  • A towing service you trust.
  • A classic car repair shop that you’ve vetted.
  • A taxi service or loved one who can give you a ride home.

We understand that your classic vehicle is one of your most prized possessions and that you want to put your vehicle into the right hands. If you’re still asking yourself, “can my local auto body repair shop restore my classic car?” contact New Look Collision today. Our certified mechanics take pride in ensuring your vehicle is restored to its pre-accident condition, from its appearance to the way it drives.