Restoration Build Terms

This section covers us providing your vehicle and all parts i.e. an off-the-shelf restoration. If you have a vehicle you wish us to restore, please see our section on Restoring Your Vehicle.

Original Estimate

On your initial enquiry we will give a Simple estimate. This will usually be a range, for example if you’d like us to produce you a Lotus Elan M100, we’d advise on the high-cost modifications to get a feel for you requirements and budget, then your estimate would be for example £6,500 – £8,500 for a high end restoration with some performance modifications, respray, rust treatment, brake upgrade, leather interior and some ICE & comfort mods. This estimate will not be binding in any way until a quotation is produced.

Quotations – Pre-Authorisation

Should you decide to go ahead, you will then be provided with a quotation for the build of your restored vehicle based on our best estimate of the work required. This process is designed to give you the best idea of the costs involved, with appropriate variations for various methods.

Once this review is complete you will be provided with a more detailed quotation covering every aspect of the project build, labour, costs and items required. This will result in generation of a cost variant quote (minimum and maximum).

Within this quotation we will give an overall estimate based on the criteria you give us; this will be based on two sets of figures. The Original Estimate (minimum), and Original Estimate (maximum), and new Running Total figures built from a sample parts and donor vehicle. These figures should add up to roughly the same meaning the quotation is cross-checked and good to go.

Once provided with this quotation, if you approve the job to go ahead, we will ask for a 5% deposit based on your Simple Estimate. This is non-returnable and indicates your authorisation to go ahead with the work.

Post-Authorisation Process

We will then undertake an exhaustive analysis of the work involved in your project. While not directly chargeable to your project funds, the non-returnable deposit covers the time for this work.

During this process, we will consult with you to establish Primary (“must-haves”), Secondary (“should-have”) and Tertiary (“if we can”) requirements for your project, and estimate costs for these as they relate to the starting vehicle.

You will also be asked to answer a questionnaire about certain variables, modernisations, trim, colour etc to allow us to narrow down some of the parameters for your restoration project.

An online project will be set up so we can collaborate on the project and all correspondence thus far will be entered to the system, any contributors, partners, wives or sons will be able to comment and view all correspondence and resources collated thus far.

We will work (together with the allocated senior mechanic for your vehicle), on any aspects of the project you wish to tweak, after which a Final Quotation will be provided.

Final Quotation

Once we’ve discussed the Post-Authorisation Process, we will re-work the project with a final, real-world quotation which will be accurate to within 15% of the final build cost (client amendments post this point notwithstanding). Clients who have never done something like this before should be advised that its wise to budget for the unexpected. Even clients with a detailed knowledge of vehicle mechanics and restoration will be pleased to know that our expertise allows us within reason to set a finite cap on your quote, so there will be no hidden surprises.

This quotation will represent our evaluation of the costs require to produce your vehicle to the specifications discussed and agreed upon. At this stage, a timeframe estimate for the work will be provided, and we will ask you to pay your Final Quotation Value, less deposit paid so far. In complex cases where the labour exceeds 50 hours, the labour cost will be removed from this value and paid weekly on retainer. A contract will be issued in such cases.

Build Process

We will then source a suitable donor vehicle or vehicles, purchase, source, manufacture or refurbish all parts required, and commence production of your vehicle. Weekly updates will be provided in photographic and text format.

As we work through the process any unanticipated issues, suggestions which arise, or unforseeable problems, will be communicated to you and we will work to resolve them. In rare cases (such as the discovery of worse-than-anticipated rust, or parts unavailability) we will need to work together to arrive at a solution, which may incur additional costs. Sometimes these can be offset by cutting costs in other areas, for example restoring parts that were originally planned to be replaced, or buying second hand parts in a few areas where new were planned. Generally our expertise and prior knowledge is enough to stave off such issues, but it is an unavoidable part of restoring complex and vintage machinery. In general we anticipate such issues will add no more than 15% to your original maximum estimate, and we will of course be able to save money in other ways. In the unlikely event the project looks like it will exceed 15% overages, we will discuss the best way to proceed. This is very rare.

Balancing Payment

On closure of the project, your final statement from the project workbook will contain a deficit or credit and a balancing payment will be due.

At any stage if the monies paid thus far do not cover the project purchases, we will request a top-up to your balance. 

Intellectual Property

Our business naturally depends on the quality of our workmanship. It is therefore necessary for us to show examples of our work and this may include your vehicle. We generally charge a reduced labour rate on the understanding this reduction is given as a thank you for allowing us to promote ourselves with examples including your project.

The intellectual property right to all pictures, video, drawings and any other media depicting your vehicle while we work on it, and once complete, remain the property of the Sky Blue Group at all times. While we will generally give clients high resolution photographs of their finished vehicle, the client agrees that these are for personal use only and cannot be used for any commercial gain or resale without prior consultation with SBG/SVC/SVS.

Furthermore the client agrees that any photographs depicting work in progress, methods and materials used unless previously published by the Sky Blue Group to a public area, together with images and information concerning our premises, tooling, other client projects and staff, are confidential information and you agree not to share them with any third party without prior consultation.

The SkyBlue Group agrees wherever possible to hide the registration plate of vehicles we are working on. Should you wish your vehicle to be worked on completely privately for whatever reason, the full labour rate would then become chargeable and should a Non-Disclosure Agreement be required, this to be at the client’s own cost.

Additional Notes & Terms

The SkyBlue Group provides marketing and online services for:

JD Motor Factors, a parts provision company for second hand parts
Specialist Vehicle Solutions, an online merchant for tools, custom and new vehicle parts, and parts refurbishment
Specialist Vehicle Creations, a company providing CAD, concept/real vehicle design and vehicle building/restoration for private clients

All companies are part of the SkyBlue Group but may be independently owned by various legal entities. Thus, some parts of your work will be subject to VAT at prevailing rates. All costs provided are ex VAT. We will attempt to detail the VAT costs inherent in every aspect of your build at every stage, but as some parts may be second-hand, rebought, resold or refurbished, it is difficult to tell what parts of your work will be subject to UK VAT. If we are exporting your project once built, the situation may become more clouded. Therefore you should presume that all costs quoted are subject to VAT at 20% or the current prevailing rate until we confirm otherwise.

All prices are based on estimates, current market rates and current government imposed rates of Value Added Tax. These costs, costs of materials etc, may change. Our costs are not firm guarantees, they are based on the prevailing rates for the work we estimate you need. If costs change for us, they change for you. No part of our estimate, running totals or otherwise provided costs are a price guarantee, and by entering into this contract you agree that if costs change for parts or methods, the cost will be borne by you the client.


If your vehicle is paid for in full by you, either because you’ve paid the vehicle value to us, or by you providing the vehicle, but you fail to pay for work subsequently performed on the vehicle, you agree by entering into a build contract that the ownership of the vehicle passes to SVC/The SkyBlue Group until such point as both the vehicle, modifications performed, and labour charges thereon are paid for in full. Should you fail to complete payment for your work, you agree that ownership of all parts and vehicles incorporating labour charges, passes to SVC/The SkyBlue Group until such time as you pay for your work. If you fail to pay for your work, we cannot hold your project indefinitely and we reserve the right to sell property after 6 months with no payment received to recoup our losses.

If you wish to cancel a project, your 10% deposit, together with any parts, labour, vehicle charges or any other costs incurred by SVC/The SkyBlue Group, in performing work on the Project, must be paid in full. Once all funds are paid covering work to date and the 10% deposit which becomes non-refundable at this stage, your vehicle will be returned to you at the stage reached, once you sign a certificate of indemnification. It is your responsibility to arrange transport, lifting and insurance for any vehicle not roadworthy at the time of collection.

Force Majeure

All work conducted is subject to our overall Terms and Conditions and our Restoration Build Terms. In essence, any work, materials or vehicles not paid for remain our property until such time as the items are paid for, and we will hold such for no longer than 6 months before sale to recoup our costs on unpaid items.

All quotations are estimates only. The final chargeable cost shall at all times represent the total cost of all vehicles, modifications, parts and labour at the current prevailing rates, plus VAT where chargeable. No estimate shall be considered a binding cap or fixed cost.

Until such time as a firm decision is reached by the client on the base vehicle, modifications, mechanical, cosmetic and ICE work, firm costs can obviously not be provided. Any estimate given is not binding on The SkyBlue Group/SVC until such time as the base vehicle and all parts are agreed. Labour is equally an estimate and should additional work be introduced by the client they agree to pay all labour costs incurred. Parts and vehicles may increase in cost outwith our control during the period of the build.