Muscle Car Shop: 4 Secrets They Don't What You to Know

January 27, 2012

If your classic car is in need of repair, and you are thinking of taking it to a muscle car shop to get it fixed, there may be a few things you want to consider. While a power block shop or muscle car specialist will almost know his stuff when it comes to working on your street car, there are a few secrets the shop may want you to know that could cost you a lot of money. So, here is a short list of things that muscle car mechanics and many classic car dealers don't want you to know.

Prices for Parts are Cheaper than Claimed

Many garages that specialize in the repair of muscle cars not only charge high labor prices, but they make a small fortune on ordering and selling parts needed for repairs. They often will tell an uninformed muscle car owner that parts are very rare and hard to find. While this can be true in a few cases, parts for most popular muscle cars are easily found on the Internet. So, do your own research when shopping for parts needed to repair your car.

Clones or Imitation Parts are the Norm

While you may be able to find the original manufacturer who made engines for your vehicle, many other parts for old muscle cars are now made by aftermarket companies. So, unless you are purchasing a used or reconditioned part or component, the chances of you receiving original equipment from the manufacturer are slim. Many aftermarket parts are made to quality standards that meet or exceed the original manufacturers, but they are not made by the same company that made the car.

Standard Garages may do it for Less

Popular muscle car garages or repair shops usually have a lot of cool looking cars parked out front. For this reason, they are usually considered an authority or expert when it comes to repairing most makes and models of classic muscle cars. For this reason, they also usually charge a lot more than garages that usually repair more modern vehicles.

What they fail to tell you is that older vehicles are usually easier to work on than newer vehicles that have a computer and many electronic components. So before you pay a local muscle car shop a small fortune, shop around and see if other garages can do the work for less.

Not all Repairs are Good Investments

Muscle car garages are just like any other type of car repair shop--they must make repairs in order to earn money. In order to earn money, some muscle car garages will attempt to push many unneeded repairs on the owner of the vehicle.

The rationale used to sell many unneeded repair jobs is that the muscle car will always increase in value. However, there are many makes and models of muscle cars that don't increase in value very much at all, and in some cases may even decline in value.

For example, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is considered one of the best muscle cars for investors. Therefore, spending a few thousand dollars on an engine rebuild is probably not a bad idea if you plan on selling the vehicle later. Because a 1969 Camaro in excellent condition can demand upwards of $100,000, the chances are pretty good you'll recoup your investment.

On the other hand, if you own a 1980 Chevrolet California Edition Corvette, you own what is often considered one of the worst muscle cars ever made. So, a $15,000 paint job for the vehicle is probably not a good investment if you want to recoup your money in the future.

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