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Restoration versus Replacement

When it comes to restoring and replacing classic car parts, you obviously want to be sure you're making the right decisions for your car. If you're trying to decide whether to restore a classic car part or replace it entirely, look no further. Original Air has the answers you have been searching for. 

When should you restore and when should you replace? 

  • Restore: if you’re looking to keep the original, date-stamped parts that cannot be found elsewhere. If that is important to you and your project, restoration is the way to go over replacement. 

  • Replace: if the parts are available and serviceable. Depending on the classic car, the part you are looking to fix might not be available anymore, but if they are, replacing is the way to go. 

  • Restore: when it comes to evaporators and condensers, restoring can be nearly half the price of replacing in some instances. However, the downside of restoring these parts is that is difficult to accurately determine how long it will last, as those parts cannot be examined on the inside without being destroyed. 

  • Replace: if the original part is beyond repair but also important to the vehicle, replacing it is the best option. Many people restore classic cars with the intention of taking them to shows, but if you'd also like your classic car to be able to safely drive distances, replacing parts for functionality is the right choice. 

Determining whether to replace or restore a part can be a difficult decision when it comes to your classic car. You'll want to be sure that you aren't wasting your time or money. For any further questions, be sure to contact Original Air today!