What Is a Restomod?

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If you’ve aren’t familiar with cars, particularly classic cars, you might have never heard the term “restomod”. In fact, you might even think it is a specific model of Ikea furniture, or a type of outlet adapter that you bring with you when you travel internationally. However, a restomod is none of those things, and to put it simply, it’s a type of classic car.

A restomod is a way of restoring, modifying, and making an old car virtually new again. In some cases, better than new, depending on the modifications that are made. As a professional used vehicle buyer serving Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and parts of Vancouver Island, we have seen almost everything. One thing we enjoy seeing the most are classic cars and incredible restomods.

If you’re the proud owner of a classic car, vintage truck or motorcycle, or any kind of restomod, call Cash For Cars BC today. We’d love to make you an offer on your vehicle, no matter what condition it is in!

What Is a Restomod Car?

A restomod car is a classic car or truck that has been restored, but instead of using traditional parts, it’s given an upgrade with modern technology and parts. Essentially, it’s an older generation vehicle, with newer generation enhancements.

Imagine someone restoring a great classic hot rod, but instead of putting in only authentic or 100% replica parts, they put in a newer stereo, or LED lights that are a different colour than the norm.

Or perhaps even replacing the stock engine with something newer and more powerful. That’s what happens when a classic or vintage vehicle gets restomodded. They take an existing vehicle and upgrade many of its features and components to make it much more functional in the modern world.

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When you restomod a vehicle, you are restoring the vehicle to a newer state while applying your own customizations. However, properly restomodding a vehicle means you do this while preserving the natural look and heritage of the vehicle.

When Did the Art of Restomodding Begin?

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The term restomodding has been around for quite some time. Although many people who aren’t car enthusiasts, or even car savvy, have rarely, if ever heard the term. The present resurge of car lovers who are actively restomodding classic cars for a living is relatively new, but the principals they follow date back to when hot rodding in the United States began.

The actual practice and performing of restomodding began back in the 1930’s in Southern California when the local car enthusiasts there started upgrading and customizing their beloved hot rods for race day.

The person with the best paint job, or the loudest engine, or even the best chrome fixtures would be seen as intimidating to their fellow race participants. And while there isn’t much illegal street racing of hot rods going on today, the enthusiasm is still very much present when it comes to amping up your everyday classic car.

What Parts Can You Upgrade on a Restomod?

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Just like when you are restoring a classic car and wish to achieve official collector car status, only certain components should be modified when performing a restomod.

When a restomod takes place, it is done so with the sole purpose of performing restoration directly alongside newer modifications. This is part of what makes restomod vehicles so amazing and also so unqiue.

Parts Typically Upgraded on a Restomod Include:

  • Brake systems
  • Suspension
  • Interior (both electronics & design)
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Any electronics including headlights, power windows, & stereo system

What was once meant as a symbol or power and intimidation for illegal street racing, is now more intended to show pride, appreciation, and of course, the best looking car on the street.

What Are the Benefits to Restomodding a Vehicle?

Aside from being aesthetically pleasing to the eye, there are a variety of benefits that come with restomodding a vehicle. This is there are professional classic car restorers who specialize in only doing restomods nowadays.

When you upgrade a classic car to a restomod, you’re usually doing this to help increase vehicle performance, functionality, practicality, and overall comfort. However, there are other advantages like increased safety ratings, improved fuel economy, and better handling for the busy city streets of places like Downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, and even Richmond.

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If you’re one of the many who bring their classic and restored vehicles down to White Rock to driver along Marine Drive, having a vehicle that handles large volumes of traffic with better response is a major bonus.

How Much Does It Cost to Restomod a Vehicle?

Every vehicle is different when it comes to the cost to restore it. They all start from a different place, in a different condition. So naturally, the expenses will be different as they are relative to where you are beginning from, what needs to be restored, and what modifications you’d like on it.

On average, a properly restomodded vehicle will cost anywhere between $30,000 – $200,000+. This is why so many car enthusiasts who own a restomod and are looking to sell it wait for big name auctions to come along. However, not everyone wants to wait months or even years to find the right buyer, which is why Cash For Cars BC offers the MOST cash for cars that have been restomodded too.

When we say that we buy vehicles from $100 – $100,000+, we mean it. This is particularly true when it comes to vintage and classic car purchases, as they always have a higher value due to their rarity. If you’re searching for a used car buyer that buys classic cars, vintage vehicles, or restomods, you’ve found it at Cash For Cars BC.

What Types of Classic Cars Do We Buy?

We are a well-established used vehicle buyer that has been buying cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and motorcycles across the Lower Mainland since 1998. And while we do purchase a lot of domestic vehicles and your usual run-of-the-mill type cars, we have always had a penchant for classic and vintage vehicles, including restomods.

We Love Buying:

  • Classic cars
  • Vintage trucks
  • Classic and vintage motorcycles
  • Restomods
  • Project cars that were never started, or simply not completed
  • Scrap classic vehicles in any condition

If you own a classic car and were waiting for the Barrett-Jackson Auction to take place again next year in the U.S., consider selling it to Cash For Cars BC instead. You won’t have to spend the money to transport your classic vehicle down to Arizona or Las Vegas, because our car buyers always come to you and are located in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.

Furthermore, we offer the MOST cash for cars, including vintage vehicles of any make, model, and year. Plus, we handle all the paperwork, and NOBODY Pays More!

What Determines the Price of My Vehicle?

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Because we at Cash For Cars BC understand the true value that lies within classic cars, we never provide an offer based off of the Canadian Black Book, or even the going rate on the market. It’s imperative that we get all of the details about the car you’re selling first, then see it first-hand so that we can make you a reasonable offer on it.

Give our car buying team a quick call if you are considering selling a restomod, classic car, classic truck, or vintage van or motorcycle. Then, provide us with the make, model, year, condition, location, and specifics of what modifications have been done, and a brief overview of how they were done.

Then, one of our dedicated classic car buyers will come out in person to see your vehicle. Once we see it firsthand, we will make you an offer on it right on the spot. It will be based off of all of the little details that many other car buyers, dealerships, and even some auctions might not factor in.

What to Sell Your Classic Car in the Lower Mainland?

Great! Then sell it to Cash For Cars BC! You don’t have to wait an entire year for the Barrett-Jackson Auction to roll around to get the best price on your vintage vehicle.

Simply talk to our dedicated car buying team today who specialize in buying classic cars and various other vintage vehicles like restomods.

We can almost offer more cash for cars that have been restored than other car buyers or even private buyers.

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We provide our car buying services 7 days a week, from 8:00 AM-10:00 PM. Our car buyers even appraise and purchase vehicles on many statutory holidays. And because our car buyers come to you, not you to them, you can set up the appointment for anywhere in the Lower Mainland that suits you best.

If you’ve been thinking about selling a car that you’ve restored, restomodded, or even decided not to complete restorations on, give us a call. We handle all the paperwork, we come to you, and NOBODY Pays More!

By Published On: July 8th, 2024Categories: BlogTags: , , ,

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