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…

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…

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…

Test Drive Technologies Named Veteran Owned Business of 2017

Test Drive Technologies Named Veteran Owned Business of 2017

Test Drive Technologies receives Veteran Owned Business Award of 2017 by Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois Fairview Heights, Illinois: A veteran owned vehicle inspection company based in St Rose Illinois, Test Drive Technologies (TDT) was recently awarded the Veteran Owned Small Business Award from the Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois. Test Drive Technologies continued success in the vehicle inspection services business stems from outstanding customer service and open communication with clients. TDT continues to hold a 5 Star rating in Yelp, A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 4.7 Star rating on Google.  “We strive very … Keep reading…