How To Choose A Shop
Now if you choose to have a shop do the work on your car, make sure that you take a tour of any shop that you are considering to let do the work, during this tour you should look around the shop, look that how clean the shop is, look ate the quality of the equipment and tools that the shop is using, high quality tools and equipment indicate pride in their shop, and in their workmanship, and clean shop shows pride in the shop, and gives you an idea of how they’ll treat your car.
Now look at the work in the shop, look at the other cars, ask the employees what their doing, and why they’re doing it, one of the best answers that you could hear is, I love classic cars, and I think of each car that I restore as my own, if this were my car, how would I want it done, and then I do it that way, or as close as possible with in the budget that we have to work with.
If you decide that you want the work done faster, the shop will put more people on your project, but you have got to realize that these people are working for the shop labor rate, so if the shop has a labor rate of $75.00 per hour, and you have two people working on your car, your not paying $75.00 your paying $150.00 per hour, or shop rate for each employee that’s working on your car, and it is fair, they had to leave another job to help on your car, and their job is now just sitting there waiting for him to get back to it.
If you just do a little research, you can save yourself a lot of agony, and the shop also, before you go in to the shop get all of your ducks in a row, learn about your car, most shops have pictures of cars that they have restored, sit down and look at what they have, ask a lot of questions, most shops expect that, if they don’t like you asking questions, look for a different shop to do the work on your car.
Make 100% sure that all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction, if you don’t ask any questions then it’s your fault if something go wrong during the restoration of your car, if you ask questions, the shop will have a better idea of what you expect, remember questions, not demands, if you get rude with a shop owner, or it’s employees, your car could get pushed to the back burner, so be nice, but make sure that the shop knows what your looking for when the car is done.