Engaging with a restorer
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.