One of the most important and fascinating icons of civilization is the car. Did you ever wonder how long it takes to build one?  The car is just like another other useful, mechanical object, just much larger than most. The time it takes to build a car depends on a lot of factors, such as the type of the car, the size, the brand, in what location of the world it is being built, what time of year it is, the weather, how much time you can spend on it per week, and more. If you are thinking of building your own car, prepare for the long haul.  A gentle reminder:  people on their own can’t produce cars as fast as factories can.

Many factories can produce up to one-hundred cars per hour. They have specialized machines that are designed to do various tasks, as well as highly-trained car-building personnel. You’re probably not going to be able to put together a car as quickly as these machines and people that build cars for a living, and you’ve got to be realistic in the time you expect the car to be built. Things such as your work schedule, your kids, the amount of free time you have, the weather, lack of supplies, and more can affect how much time it takes for you to build your car.

Cars can be built in a timeframe of between two months and two years. If you’re trying to build a sports car from a kit (not uncommon) , it will probably take longer than if you’re trying to build a sedan (not recommended).  Some basic practical things to chew on:  If you live in a colder climate, especially one that has very brisk and snowy winters, you won’t be able to work comfortably during the winter months. Even in a garage, the cold will get in and make it difficult to spend time working on the car. Larger cars will, as expected, take more time to build. And more obvious news:  The more parts you need for the car, the more money it will costs, as well. Unless you assemble everything right the first time, you may find yourself having to buy some spares.

Once you’ve decided to build a car, you have to be patient with a project like this.  So the short, but unsatisfying answer to “How long does it take to build a car?” is “a darn long time.”  It takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of money.  It rarely is cheaper than buying a mass-produced car.  However, if you’re able to see the project through, you’ll be able to say that you drive your own hand-built car, and those bragging rights are nothing short of priceless.

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