Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose
Because we know it's more than just a car to you. The emotions the we have tied to these cars are indescribable, and that is never more apparent than upon final delivery. We've seen both cheers and tears. Been embraced with handshakes and hugs. Even a kiss on the cheek once. Luckily, that was from the owner's wife, but we suppose we would have been thankful either way.
These cars were built in the factory by machines, but they're being restored in our shop by hand. It's those hands, and the hearts that guide them, that make the difference. We have the experience, knowledge, facility, tools, equipment, track record, and accolades to prove that we can restore cars. But more than that, we care. That's what hopefully can be seen in every car we build and every project we complete.
So where do we begin?
We recommend a visit to our shop. While there's a lot of valuable information right here on our website, and while many questions can be answered via phone or email, an in-person visit will allow you to get to know the people who will be caring for your beloved automobile, as well as an insight into the process. During your visit, you'll see vehicles in various states of restoration.
After a vehicle is accepted for a restoration, a contract and deposit will need to be completed before work can begin. The primary focus of our Restoration Agreement is to establish an objective. We want to ensure that we accomplish the vision that you have in mind. It's common for changes to take place throughout the process, so no need to worry about any alterations you make as the project progresses.
Do you build rods and customs?
Absolutely! While restoration was our initial focus, our love for all things automotive and a demand from our loyal customers encouraged us to expand our offerings. We've become much more safety conscious as a society, and some of the upgrades we're able to install can really provide a great peace of mind. Some of the more popular requests are power disc brake conversions and power steering, as well as seat belts and electric wipers. But, beyond that, whatever you can dream up, we can build. Take a look at the '65 Mustang project that is currently in progress!
Are smaller jobs okay?
Yes! We'd hate to sound cliche, but truly, no job is too big or too small. We're here to provide high quality service to the collector car community. So whether that's an oil change and tune-up or a one-off custom, we're here to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
Are all portions of the build performed in-house?
95% of most restorations are performed right at Coastal Classics by our talented craftsmen. However, due to both environmental regulations and space requirements, its simply not feasible to perform such services as chrome plating or large-scale media blasting in-house. Rest assured though, alll of the work performed by these specialists adhere to Coastal Classics' strict guidelines for quality and are covered by our own 1-year warranty.
Can I get an estimate?
Conjuring up an estimate looks something like this. Unfortunately, we have no mystical powers of predicting the future, or in the case of collector vehicles, predicting the past. The only way to truly know what it will take to restore a vehicle is by actually working on it. There has to be a realistic expectation that we're going to run into surprises along the way. The larger the project, the more surprises. So chances are, we might not be able to estimate the cost of your project. We know that can be a bit of an uneasy proposition. That's why we encourage you to visit our shop. You can see the other projects that are underway, get a better understanding of our process, and meet the people who will be caring for your vehicle. It is our goal with every restoration to complete them as quickly and efficiently as possible, and we've implemented the right team and tools to do just that.
Is restoration an investment?
Yes, it is... but it's a long-term investment. TV has altered our perception to quick money through "flipping" cars and houses. Flipping is the practice of buying something cheap, fixing it up, and selling it for a quick profit. The reality that "reality TV" doesn't show you is that flipping is a risky and difficult practice. It's not to say that it can't be done, but it's not recommended. Restoration should be thought of as a long-term investment; something that will appreciate over time. But beyond that, the reason for restoring a car or having a car custom built for you should be for the enjoyment you're going to get out of it for years to come. Happiness will be the greatest return on your investment.