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					Finding Classic Car Parts

A few years ago, a buddy of mine asked me to come over and help him
restore a 1967 Mustang Fastback that his father willed to him. I'd never
really worked on cars before, but after spending months on that Mustang,
I was hooked. My friend taught me a lot about the process of restoring
vintage automobiles, and now this is what I spend most of my free time
doing. In fact, I've already sold two of my completed projects for a nice
profit, which has got me thinking that perhaps I can turn this hobby into
a full-blown business.

In order to make a business like this work, however, I'd have to find
some good sources of classic car parts. Specifically, I'm looking for
shops or dealerships that stock a large enough inventory of products that
I can be relatively certain that I'll be able to find what I need no
matter what kind of vehicle I'm working on.

In addition to carrying a wide selection of classic car parts for all
makes and models, I'd want these retailers to be able to offer
competitive pricing. Having to buy things like brake discs, clutch kits,
water pumps, oil filters, headers, and quarter panels is by far the
greatest expense involved in automobile restoration. Since I'd be buying
these things on a pretty regular basis and would be a loyal customer, I'd
need my classic car parts dealer to have the lowest prices around.

For my previous projects, I had to drive more than 75 miles to find the
classic car parts I needed to get the jobs done. That's not exactly a
convenient distance, and it wouldn't be reasonable to make those trips
over and over again. That's why I'm now leaning towards purchasing all of
my classic car parts online instead. By doing this, I could have
everything delivered right to my door within a week, or I could even have
pay for overnight shipping in the event of emergencies. I'd then be able
to spend my time actually working on the vehicles instead of driving back
and forth between stores.

It would also be easier to find classic car parts online because location
wouldn't be a factor at all. I could order from shops as far away as
southern California or northern Maine, and I'd have access to a lot more
inventory as well. Plus, I know that online retailers always offer the
lowest possible prices, which would of course be great from a business
standpoint.

Once I become reasonably familiar with some of these online classic car
parts stores, I'll be able to make a better decision one way or the
other, but for now I think I've talked myself into taking the plunge and
opening up my own restoration shop!

				
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