This is going to be part 2 of a previously written blog post; ‘6 Steps To Ensure You Are Covered If You Damage Your Classic Car, Part 1‘.
In part one we went over the first three steps you should be taking if you happen to be involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) in your classic car.
They included having the correct insurance policy, remaining calm throughout your ordeal and reporting the incident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
But, unfortunately, they are not the only things you will have to do after the accident / incident has been sorted.
Here are three more steps you are going to have to take if you want the best outcome for your classic car.
4. Have repairs carried out as soon as possible
If you own and love classic cars, then you will probably already be aware of the high costs involved with them; especially restoration work.
And if rust is involved, then the price you are going to be paying will be even higher than usual.
If your car has been damaged in an accident then the likelihood of rust setting will increase; what you need to do is everything you possibly can to avoid the rust situation. If you don’t do it already, then you need to keep the vehicle in secure car storage.
5. Make sure you use a specialist classic car mechanic
Whilst it may be true that classic cars are much easier to repair and fix than modern cars are, this doesn’t mean you should leave it to any mechanic to work with your car.
If you don’t know of any specialists then feel free to get in touch with a classic car club and ask them for any recommendations.
6. Document EVERYTHING
Whether your classic car has been involved in an accident or not, it is best to keep a document of every piece of repair or restoration work it has been on the receiving end of.
If you ever decide to sell and you do not have these documented, then you will more than likely receive less money than you had hoped for on the value of your car.
Records, such as extensive photographs and shop receipts will help show that you had the damage repaired properly. Even if you can’t tell that the vehicle was ever damaged, there may be a number of hidden clues that an expert eye could pick up on.
A potential buyer could also find out about the accident by searching police or vehicle title records.