Servicing Classic Cars: It's A Skill All Of Its Own
By: Lisa Rob
If you already work in the motoring industry, you'll know vitally important it is to keep up with servicing schedules. A lapsed servicing schedule can have a huge impact on the performance and value of a car - and this is particularly true if the car in question is a classic. Vintage motor cars are famously sensitive and fine-tuned creatures, as any expert or enthusiast will confirm. Keeping on top of maintenance, therefore, is doubly important.
Vintage car ownership is on the increase in the UK, with more and more owners regarding their pride and joy as an investment as well as a hobby. These people are passionate about their vehicles - and are therefore equally passionate about its maintenance. The last thing an owner wants is for the value of their lovely motor to depreciate, so they will be on the look-out for a trustworthy and experienced repair man from the moment they make their purchase. So it's not hard to understand why classic car servicing is swiftly becoming and extremely popular and well-paid career.
If you're already a mechanic, repairing and maintaining antique vehicles is quickly becoming a very lucrative business to be involved in. Vintage car owners will pay a premium for a trustworthy and experienced mechanic - after all, this is the person who will be safeguarding their pride and joy! If you don't have much experience in this field, however, don't worry - you still have an opportunity to be involved. Perhaps you could turn to vintage car servicing as a future career - for instance, by learning from an expert as you build your contact base. Talk to any owners you know to find out who they entrust with their vehicles. Alternatively, talk to any friends who are mechanics - no doubt they will be able to point you in the right direction.
One of the key skills of an antique car mechanic is patience. The cars of yesteryear are nothing like the mass-manufactured vehicles of today. Every classic car has its own personality and peccadillos, and this can make repairing them time-consuming and frustrating. The beauty of working with these motorcars, however, lies in the results. These genuinely speak for themselves: as any expert will tell you, nothing beats the contented hum of a newly-serviced vintage car. And, of course, a close second is the grateful smile of the owner himself. He'll be glad he knows an expert like you - and you'll be grateful that you've found a career you genuinely enjoy.