What Adds Value to a Classic Car or Collector Car?

Why I wrote this article about classic cars So, I get this question a lot from clients when they are about to purchase a classic car or collector car and we are going through their valuation. “What adds value to a classic or collector car?”  I figured it would be a great to share my wisdom and advice on the topic. Value adds value.  Yep, that’s right.  Value is taking in many forms. Monetary doesn’t always mean value.  Value can also be defined as craftsmanship, quality, and creativity. First impressions of a collector car A quality paint job goes a … Keep reading…

Most Common Items to Check Before Purchasing a Muscle Car

Most Common Items to Check Before Purchasing a Muscle Car

Over the last 25 years of inspecting, repairing, banging out dents, repainting and appraising vehicles I have finally put together a list of the most common things to check before purchasing a muscle car. Having grown up pounding out dents, smoothing out body lines and sanding out runs in muscle cars I feel I know a few things that I would like to pass along to you my fellow muscle car enthusiast. Here it goes. The body isn’t all that important however it makes it does feel a lot better to have a beautiful machine sitting in your garage as … Keep reading…

What Should a Good Classic, Collector or Antique Car Appraisal Contain?

What Should a Good Classic, Collector or Antique Car Appraisal Contain?

Regulation & Licensing – To date, there is no regulation on vehicle appraisers. This is both good and bad for the industry.  The good part of this lack of regulation is that it provides many different viewpoints on vehicles and formats in which the appraisals are provided. The downfall of the lack of regulation is the simple fact that not all appraisers use the same information, sources and required information in their reports.  Although Uncle Sam does not regulate and force automobile appraisers to become certified or licensed there are several institutions which provide some “suggested ground rules” or “standards”.  One … Keep reading…

TDT Heads to Branson to Inspect Ducks

Yes.  You read that right. We recently made a trip to Branson, Mo to inspect the DUKW vehicles at the Ride The Ducks attraction as part of an initiative to ensure they are up to Federal and Missouri Department of Transportation standards.  We made some interesting discoveries during our visit and was able to help point out a few areas that may be of concern but overall the DUKW’s or Ducks as they are referred to are in good shape and road worthy. Our trip was fun, hard work and rewarding as well as educational.  The group of builders and … Keep reading…

Used Car Inspection Discounts for Back-to-School College Students and New Drivers

Used Car Inspection Discounts for Back-to-School College Students and New Drivers

Steven Paul Our Owner Just Authorized a 25% Discount on Back-to-School Pre-Purchase & New Driver Used Car Inspections – Use Coupon Code B2S25 to take 25% off your used car inspection for your college student or new driver used car inspection Yep it’s that time of year again where us parents get our house back for a few hours in the day but our fun summer comes to a crawl as school is back in session.  Students are headed back to college and that means they are leaving home in their aging and higher mileage cars back to their dorms … Keep reading…

Post Delivery Used Car Inspections for Carvana Online Car Purchases

Post Delivery Used Car Inspections for Online Car Dealer Purchase and Delivery Services Are you considering or have you already purchased a used car or vehicle through the new car buying process of Carvana and many others?  We think it is a pretty interesting idea on buying and trading vehicles. Taking out the expensive and high pressure middleman at the auto dealer is a great idea however it does have some downfalls of course.  Here are some reviews that we have found useful from BrightReviews.com. One of the downfalls we see is not being able to “kick the tires” or … Keep reading…

Why You Should Absolutely Have Your Collector Car Appraised Before Storage or Consignment

Many car collectors and classic car owners store their vehicles at consignment dealers across the nation when they are trying to sell them or store them.  Recently the Midwest lost 100’s of old classic cars and antique vehicles to a very large fire at Staunton’s Country Classic Cars. Local media reports state that a large metal building attached to the workshop was destroyed by a large explosion and fire.  This fire consumed many classic, collector and antique automobiles. Most of these vehicles were stored on consignment with Country Classic Cars who sells classic and collector cars on consignment as well … Keep reading…

TDT is Headed North to Look at Goats at the 2017 GTOAA International Convention in Springfield, Illinois

TDT is Headed North to Look at Goats at the 2017 GTOAA International Convention in Springfield, Illinois

Be on the lookout for our tent and truck at the 2017 GTOAA International Convention in Springfield, Illinois. We will be showcasing our past Pontiac inspections and appraisals as well as booking appraisal appointments while we are in Springfield.  We are offering a special discount on Stated Value Replacement Appraisals if you book with us while we are at the Convention.  Every car collector or enthusiast should have their vehicle appraised for insurance purposes to be sure you get an accurate settlement in case the unfortunate happens. We will be set up Tuesday – Saturday and are willing to talk … Keep reading…

TDT Revving Up For 2017 General Tire Du Quoin Street Machine Nationals

TDT Revving Up For 2017 General Tire Du Quoin Street Machine Nationals

Test Drive Technologies will be making their rounds and checking out the awesome muscle cars, show cars and custom cars at the 2017 General Tire Du Quoin Street Machine Nationals this upcoming weekend.  If you have a vehicle in the show or have a vehicle that you would like appraised please be sure to stop Steven Paul our owner as he makes his way around the car show. TDT is a Veteran Owned Family Business based out of St Rose, Illinois just West of Carlyle Lake.  Steven Paul, our owner, has over 25 years of experience in the automobile inspection … Keep reading…

The Differences of Replacement Value and Market Value Appraisals

The Differences of Replacement Value and Market Value Appraisals

If you have been looking into having a vehicle appraised then you will likely have found there are several different types of appraisals for automobiles.  The majority of our clients need a replacement value appraisal or a market value appraisal.    It is actually your appraiser’s responsibility to let you know which type your needs requires but to sum it all up for you the Appraisers Association has said it well. MARKET VALUE (MV): This value is the most probable price at which a property would sell in a competitive and open marketplace where the sale needs to be consummated … Keep reading…