Are you ready to get started? Whether we are restoring your whole car or just helping you with the mechanical components there are a few things that you will need to determine before we get started.
We will need to know
The general condition of your car now
The anticipated usage of your restored vehicle
If you would like performance components or if you want to keep it “like Henry made ‘em”. In other words how authentic do you wish to stay?
If we are doing the body work and paint, what quality do you want? Show quality or good enough for the grandkids?
When do you want to have the car completed by?
What is your budget?
Any specifics of what you would like done. It may be helpful to see a list of our services to help determine this. For example, do you want to rebuild the starter, install a Warford, and add a distributor?
Once you are ready, or if you need help determining your project, contact us. We can discuss the particulars of your car. If possible we can come look at it and meet with you face to face. We often travel the country picking-up cars, delivering cars and meeting with customers.
Estimates– Ross will try to determine an estimate for you. Although it is hard to determine an exact figure on any restoration, he can usually get a general idea of the cost from past projects and his experience. Keep in mind that there can be unforeseen necessary repairs on any project. For example, a cracked transmission drum, cracked block, or rotten wood. Only once we strip the engine or other components will we know the condition of the internal parts. If we need to replace any of them, that will add to the cost. It is a good idea to be prepared to spend a bit more money than the estimate. Each project will hold its own unique restoration challenges. Depending on the situation a car’s restoration can end up costing more than the car’s value. However, if that car is of special value to you it is worth every penny to see her restored to her original glory and enjoying the road!
Payment Terms– Once you decide to embark on the restoration journey, you will need to fill out our customer contract and give us an initial payment. Lilleker Antique Auto Restorations bills on the basis of time(labor) spent on the restoration project and the materials used. When the amount of the advance deposit is used, further retainers may be required. Final payments will be due within 14 days of the project being completed. We accept cash, checks, money orders and cashier’s checks.
Stages of work– The timeline of your project depends on what work is in our shop already and how in depth your project is. Please let us know of any timelines you may have. Keep in mind we are busy and the shop is full of other projects. We do quality work which takes time. Once we begin your project we will remain in touch with you. We will provide updates to you on your car’s progress. We can email you photos of your project’s progress (when applicable). And you can always visit us and inspect the progress for yourself. We just ask that you just call and let us know you are coming, so we can make sure we are here.