Perhaps while you’re out cruising one Sunday afternoon you come across a classic car for sale. You can tell it needs some work, but you can see that this car is a true diamond in the rough. On a whim, you make the purchase, and you bring the car home.

How should you get started on restoring this classic car to its former beauty?

Here are a few tips that will help you begin.

Tip #1: Do a thorough inspection – Inspect every nook and cranny of the car. It’s helpful if you can put it on a car lift so you can inspect the underside as well. Once you’ve done your inspection, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s needed.

Tip #2: Should you do it yourself or work with a pro? – This is a very important decision for you because it will determine what your budget will be for the repairs, and how much of your own labor you’re going to put into the car.

Tip #3: Decide what level of restoration you’re going for – What is your goal? Do you want to restore your classic car to Concours level (which is the highest level), or do you want to make the car safe for the road?

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