Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Cost is dependent on many factors, the biggest being the current condition of your classic car. The nature of classic car restoration is that it is different for each and every car. We recommend starting with an in-person visit to the shop. (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, please see appointment page LINK.)

RM Garage does not offer quotes. All classic cars are unique and all have their own unique attributes. It is impossible to offer an accurate quote on your classic car, therefore we decline to do it. Anyone who does provide one is doing so inaccurately.

RM Garage can provide you with an estimate. We have completed many similar projects and have a great level of experience in project planning. We can help any owner estimate the needs for their classic car or project. If you would like an estimate, the first step is to make an appointment for a Full Classic Inspection (FCI).

Unfortunately, no we cannot come to your location to inspect your car. Our tools and insurance are only effective at our location. In extreme circumstances, the best course of action is to review photos and possibly video chat to help determine the condition of your vehicle. 

Not at this time. We can, however, provide some recommendations.

No, not at this time.

We always recommend addressing function over appearance. It must be a CAR first to be a classic car. Getting your car to drive and road test first will allow you to make any touch-ups or repairs before the car is painted. We can assist you in getting your classic car in driving shape before you find your paint shop.

Giving exact time frames is something we do not do. It is our commitment to be completely honest and upfront to all of our customers. The time a project can take is based on many factors, some of which are outside of our control. Most important is obtaining the right parts for your project, and often times, this can take the most time. All customers will be updated regularly on the status of their project. We can assure you, if your vehicle is here, it is because we are working on it, or procuring materials. We only accept cars into the shop that we are actively working on.

Congratulations on your new classic or muscle car! We recommend a Full Classic Inspection to get started. Our experienced techs will test every feature of your car, road-test the vehicle, and rack and inspect all systems on the car. After RM Garage has completed this inspection, you will receive a full, tip-to-tail health report that will detail and help determine the needs of your classic car.

A Full Classic Inspection includes a total front-to-back evaluation of your car. This includes a functional check of all systems, mechanicals, fluids, and a visual inspection by a highly experienced classic car technician. The purpose of this inspection is to give the owner the full picture of the vehicle’s current condition. This is a great starting point for a new owner or a project vehicle.

Generally, with our classic and project cars, we ask the customer for an up-front deposit for the parts so that we may acquire all those materials as soon as possible. This can be the greatest time-saver in the project. If for some reason the project has little or no parts value, we ask for a deposit of 50% at the time we start work.

Once your project is started, you will be updated weekly. As updates roll in, you will be invited to visit our garage and see the progress in person. As the work is completed, you will be asked to make your balance current every two weeks, in accordance with the amount of work already completed.

RM garage only accepts vehicles we are currently working on. If we do not have space or time to take your vehicle, you may be asked to wait while we complete another. This is in an effort to prevent collecting a parking lot full of cars. Any car in our possession will be stored indoors every night.

Classic cars are stored inside the shop under lock, key, camera and insurance. In addition, we do our best to keep your car out of rain, sunlight, or any other unfavorable condition. It is our commitment that when your vehicle leaves, it will be in better shape than when you dropped it off.

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