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…

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…

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…

How a Classic Car Dream Almost Became a Nightmare for a Buyer

How a Classic Car Dream Almost Became a Nightmare for a Buyer

If there was ever a reason to hire a professional and certified vehicle inspector before purchasing any type of used car or classic car as an investment this is one of them.  We helped save this guy $25,000 in a Bondo-filled, patched up and unprofessionally repaired car that needs a full frame off restoration the story of my journey with this car is below. The Vehicle Inspection Backstory: (My wife would be proud that I got the backstory on this vehicle) Recently we were contacted to provide a pre-purchase classic car inspection on a 1970 Pontiac GTO with 118,600 miles … Keep reading…

What Major Items to Look for in the House When Buying a Motorhome, Camper or RV

To help you along in your search we put together this list of major items to look for in the house when buying a motorhome, camper or RV. Before we get to carried away in our list here is a couple basic terms which you might or might not know already.  If you have just started your search for a motorhome or RV you might have heard these two terms already; Chassis and House.  The term Chassis refers to the structure and mechanical aspect of your motorhome while the House refers to the creature comforts and living conditions of the … Keep reading…

Total Loss from Hail Damage in St Louis

It’s now doubt about it that recently a lot of vehicle owners have incurred a lot of hail damage on their vehicles and their homes.  If you were one of these unfortunate recipients my heart go out to you, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you were a lying victim to Mother Nature.  Hopefully, you and your family are safe and nobody was injured, but now it is time to pick up the pieces and see what damage has really been done. Many of the major insurance companies will likely be setting up hail damage claim centers where you can … Keep reading…

What Is A Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection?

It is a home inspection for your future set of wheels! I am sure you’ve heard of a home inspection or house inspection that happens prior to purchasing a new house or commercial building to ensure it doesn’t have hidden issues.  A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is the same thing just on a car or truck before you buy it! Here is the problem with us consumers! Many of us consumers, (Yes I said US) get emotionally attached and rightfully excited when we go to purchase a used car or truck.  That excitement comes from many of places such as the … Keep reading…

How to Spot a Scam and Fraud on Craigslist

Craigslist and other classified sites are becoming filled with more and more fraud everyday.  Here is how you can spot a scam or fraud on Craigslist or any other classified site. Not too long ago we had a client email us from Australia looking to purchase a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda in the St Louis area at Scott Air Force Base. This poor chap from Australia asked if we could inspect a vehicle inside Scott Air Force Base but said the vehicle was in some sort of logistics storage on base. Being prior military myself I know the base pretty well … Keep reading…

Road Side Emergencies Safety – Test Drive Tip

The one thing that they don’t cover enough in driver’s education is Road Side Emergencies Safety issues.  Carrying a simple cheap $3 jack stand to slide under the frame of your vehicle while your changing our a tire can really make a road side emergency much safer… Pick a pair up at your local auto parts store and keep them in your trunk or cargo area of your vehicle.  Today’s cars are very weight sensitive when it comes to balance and when the vehicle is lifted using the small scissor jack it becomes very unstable which can lead to a … Keep reading…