The unique charm offered by classic cars is one of the main reasons behind their ever-increasing demand, and intimidating price tags. That explains the increasing number of people turning to online auctions featuring wrecked cars for sale, hoping to find classic salvage cars going at affordable prices. While you can always count on AutoBidMaster to bring you an array of unbeatable deals on a range of old junk cars for sale, getting them back in shape can be a tricky affair, especially if it will be your maiden project. That’s because restoring a classic salvage car to its former glory calls for professional expertise and the right replacement parts, following some of the best practices can help cut down the overall cost of restoration significantly. In this blog post, we have listed some such tips.
Start with Deep Cleaning
We suggest starting all restoration projects by deep cleaning the interior first. Begin by removing all the removable elements such as the floor mats, floor lining, seat covers, and other similar fitments. Once you have removed it all, you can use a vacuum cleaner to reach all those difficult bends and corners. The seats and the floor can be cleaned by using a shopvac cleaner. However, be careful to not let water get into any electric or electronic part.
Try to Salvage as Much as Possible
The desire to make the interior of a classic car as good as new often makes people ignore the various possibilities of salvaging parts. Subsequently, they not only end up investing heavily into replacements, but also lose a fair share of their car’s market value, as it is no longer in “original” condition. Many of the parts of a classic car’s interior, especially metallic and plastic parts, can be restored without much hassle. Other elements, such as upholstery and floor mats will probably have to be replaced.
Look for Genuine Replacements
As stated earlier, replacing original parts might make your classic car as good as new, but doing so can notably hurt its market value. That is because the value of classic cars generally depends upon not only how well they are restored, but also how “original” or near to “factory” condition they are in. To buy original parts, you can check online marketplaces and also join relevant groups where you may find potential sellers offering the part(s) you need.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaning Agents
Using industrial-grade, abrasive cleaning agents is a common mistake committed by many DIY restorers. While using some compounds may clean the surface thoroughly, in most cases, it either takes away the natural sheen of the surface, or worse, leaves it damaged beyond repair. It is, therefore, important that you check the composition of the cleaning agents that you plan to use, and consult a professional if you are unsure.
The Last Word
In addition to the above, it is also advisable to create a flow chart of the entire project, and decide a timeline for each phase. If you are still looking for that classic gem in auctions featuring wrecked cars for sale, the search ends at AutoBidMaster. Simply register with us to start bidding in our online auctions and take your pick from a range of classic salvage cars, going at unbelievably affordable prices. If you have any questions, simply call +1 (503) 298-4300, Monday through Friday, 04:00 AM to 04:00 PM (Pacific Time), or email at: [email protected] and we’ll take it from there.