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…

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…

Top 5 Questions to Ask a Seller Before Having a Vehicle Inspected

Here are the top 5 questions to ask a seller prior to having a vehicle inspected by an independent 3rd party vehicle inspector. Here at TDT get some very common questions so we thought we would throw this quick list of questions out there for vehicle buyers to ask a seller prior to having a vehicle inspected…  Print it and keep it next to your computer when you are shopping online for quick reference.  Don’t get duped into the emotional vehicle purchase. Before you start throwing stones at me through your screen please understand that we have been in this business for a long time … Keep reading…