Are you thinking of restoring old vehicles and selling them for profit? The first step to successfully flipping old cars is finding the right ones. The secret here is to buy low and sell high. However, it isn't as simple as it sounds, especially if you have never restored a used vehicle before. Thus, before you get started, contemplate the questions below.

Will the car retain its value?

The first thing to consider is the car's value and whether you will make money after restoring it. In this case, compare the total cost of purchase and repairs against the sale price after restoration. Will you make any reasonable profits? Don't just settle for any car make. Research and find out models that are valuable after restoration. This is the only way to maximise your profits.

Is the vehicle working?

Restoring a non-working vehicle can be an expensive endeavour. You may have to replace costly components such as the engine and its cylinders, transmission, suspension and camshaft. The restoration costs may eat into your profits. On the other hand, a running vehicle has a functional engine, suspension, and transmission system. You only need to do a few repairs to improve its performance. 

Is there any structural damage to the vehicle?

There are two types of car damage: cosmetic and structural. Cosmetic damage affects the appearance of the vehicle. Scratches, dings, and scrapes are forms of cosmetic wear, and they are easily fixable. Structural damage affects the vehicle's frame. Some forms of structural damage include:

  • Body damage after an accident
  • Rust damage due to exposure to corrosive elements

Structural damage can be costly to repair, and in most cases, it exceeds the value of the vehicle. Therefore, restoring such a car may not be a worthwhile process. On the other hand, cars with cosmetic or mechanical damage can be restored and sold for a profit.

Are replacement parts readily available?

Not all old vehicles have readily available replacement parts. Some models no longer have spares in the market, while others require shipping from abroad. Consider this factor before choosing a car for restoration. Your preferred vehicle's part should be readily available locally to reduce the cost of sourcing and shipping. 

If possible, look for OEM components, as these preserve the value of the vehicle. Check at local and online auto salvage yards for used parts. You can also seek help from your repair shop. However, if OEM parts aren't available, find high-quality aftermarket ones for the vehicle.

The business of buying, restoring, and reselling old cars can be lucrative, but only if you choose the right vehicles. Contact a local auto body shop to learn more about car restoration.