What’s the difference between car restorations & refurbishments?

What’s the difference between car restorations & refurbishments?

There is no greater pastime than taking your car and tinkering with it to your heart’s content. When you want your ride to look as good as new (or even better), there are a range of things you can do to bring your pride and joy back to its former glory.

The question is – what state is your vehicle in, how much work is required, and to what extent do you need to fix it? Is a complete overhaul in order?

To that end, you might be wondering what the difference is between restoring a car and refurbishing it. We’re here to give you a rundown on what each of these processes might entail.

Restoration vs refurbishment

These terms are sometimes used interchangeably throughout the industry, but there is an important distinction between the two:

Restoring a car involves taking an older vehicle and returning it to its original condition by completely stripping it down to start from scratch. The task is then to spend your time restoring it to the original manufacturer’s specifications. In most cases, you’ll only need to restore your car if the vehicle has severely aged, or if you’ve been involved in a collision or accident.

Meanwhile, to refurbish a car means upgrading and improving your existing interiors, features and electronics to make them even better than before. In other words, it’s time to pimp your ride with all the bells and whistles.

The benefits of having a refurbished car

When you choose to refurb, you’ll have confidence in knowing your car has been fitted with all the latest technology and features in the industry. This is so worth doing as there are a number of benefits, including:

Safety: You’ll know your car is up-to-date with all the latest safety features. This will give you total peace of mind when it comes to keeping you and your family safe.

Convenience: Innovative features are being designed all the time to make your life easier on the road. From auto-lock to automatic windows, to cup holders and being able to put the top down, there are a number of ways that upgrading the features in your car can make your life so much better for a more enjoyable driving experience.

Comfort: Is your air conditioner on the fritz? Upgrading the electronics or air conditioning in your automobile can add greatly to your level of comfort while driving.

Style: Tweaking a few features like the grill or handles can really enhance your car’s overall appearance and turn heads as you hit the streets – therefore making an impression for yourself and lifting your reputation as well.

Whatever changes you make will be an investment in your future comfort and peace of mind, so you know your car stands up to the test of time. Not sure where to start? Have a chat to our team – we have plenty of ideas up our sleeves.

What does a typical restoration include?

If your car is a lot older, or has been badly damaged in an accident, there are a number of things that can be done to restore the vehicle. The first step is to assess the state of the panels and bodywork. Panel beating, or smash repairs, will help to realign or smooth any panels back into place, or treat panels that have shrunk or become warped.

If your paintwork is looking chipped, scratched or discoloured, it’s worth having a look at that, too. If there has been any rust or hail damage from being out in the elements, this can also impact the look of your vehicle.

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The procedure of restoring a car can be delicate

If there’s been damage to the interior, you’ll need to strip your ride down to the basics so you can start again. This might involve tearing out and replacing the vehicle’s electrical system, stereo, upholstery and other features like the grill and handles.

Once you start replacing components with brand new parts from the manufacturer, your vehicle will have a fresh, new lease on life so you can take it back out on the road in style.

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So you’re refurbishing a car and you want it to look pretty spiffy. When it comes to auto refurbishing, we are your experts in the South East suburbs – so feel free to come pick our brains and entrust your baby to us.

We’ve been restoring automobiles for decades with a range of professional panel beating and smash repair services that are designed to have your vehicle looking good as new in no time. Our car restorations are second to none, and set to impress.

We take pride in what we do, and look after your car as though it were our own. We’ll have it in mint condition and on the streets, ready to make an impression.

If you’re interested in a service with us, give us a call on (03) 9792 4913, or come in for a chat at our Balmoral Avenue body shop in Dandenong. We’re here to answer any and all of your questions for your total peace of mind.


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