5 Frequently Asked Questions About Car Restoration

Do you have a classic truck or car sitting in a garage or field waiting to be fully restored back to its former glory?  After doing hours of research online about car restoration, did you get all your questions answered about the process of restoration?  Sometimes this process can become frustrating for people.  We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will hopefully help you with the process.


Can you tell what condition my vehicle is in just by looking at it?

Unfortunately, the answer to the question is no. There is really no way of knowing what issues may be hidden until you begin to take apart the car or truck. Factors like climate, storage conditions and how the vehicle was treated mostly determine the condition of the vehicle. There are just too many internal parts to know the true condition of a car just by visually inspecting it.

How do I choose the right restoration shop?

We don't want to increase your stress, but the shop you choose will have a major impact on the outcome of your restoration. Finding the right shop can be a long and frustrating process. You certainly need to invest the time in finding the right one. A good way to narrow it all down is by reading online reviews about all the shop reputations. If a shop has a ton of great referrals, then it is usually safe to say they are capable.  If you have narrowed down your search, you can also ask the shop to speak with previous customers about their experience. 


Can I get an exact quote for the restoration?

At Farm Boy Garage, we do provide a quote before we even start the car. That quote will not change unless the customer asks for additional upgrades that were not included at the time that we sit down to go over what the customer wants and both parties have agreed on a price. Our guarantee is that we won't blindside a client with a price difference in the end cost compared to what we quoted, and any additional work the client asks for after build has started could be the only change, and if the change is substantial, Farm Boy Garage and the client will sit down to discuss before work is done or the customer is charged.

Is there a difference between a collision/body shop and a restoration shop?

Most collision centers make their money by repairing car accident damage quickly and getting the car back to their customer within a short amount of time. They often work on newer model vehicles that have OEM parts available or can be shipped within a couple days. With a good restoration shop, they take their time to make sure everything is cleaned, repaired or restored with precision and accuracy. It is all about quality and not quantity with professional restoration experts.

How long does a restoration process take?

Each restoration is different, but be prepared for the complete restoration to take a while to complete. To properly do a restoration takes time and it cannot be rushed. There may also be unexpected down time if we need to wait for replacement parts. Classic car parts are not as easy to get as OEM parts.  Farm Boy Garage is unique in the fact that we constantly post the build in progress on Facebook and the customer is welcome to stop in anytime to watch the progress of their muscle car.  We want to make sure you are satisfied with the work that we are doing. 


When it comes to restoring a classic car or truck don't rely on just anyone to complete your dream.  Trust the experts at Farm Boy Garage to fully restore your gorgeous muscle or classic car back to its original/super modified glory. We run a one-stop-shop here at Farm Boy Garage, and all restoration services are done on site, meaning your car doesn't leave our garage until it's completed to your satisfaction!  Don't keep talking about restoring your car, call the guys at Farm Boy Garage, you won't be disappointed. 





Farm Boy Garage
10660 E. County Line Rd.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
Phone: 515-528-8904
Cell: 515-333-1238

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