En­gag­ing with a re­storer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A re­storer should re­as­sure you about the stan­dards of work, en­cour­age you to visit at any time and of­fer to take pho­to­graphs. Never re­quest that the work is done dur­ing quiet pe­ri­ods – good re­stor­ers are al­ways busy. En­sure that the re­storer has made clear the amount of work that is in­cluded in the es­ti­mate. As restora­tion work is in­her­ently slow, some smaller out­fits are at a greater risk of bank­ruptcy but Stephen­sons’ An­drew Leakey says un­der Sec­tion 75 of the Con­sumer Credit Act 1974, which cov­ers con­tracts worth £100£30k, the credit com­pany is just as re­spon­si­ble as the re­storer for any as­pect of the con­tract, in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tion of your car. There­fore, pay­ing even a de­posit with a credit card pro­vides some peace of mind.

Pay­ing even some of a restora­tion bill on a credit card gives you some le­gal re­course.

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