Expert Auto Appraisals is the Corvette Collectors first choice for Corvette Appraisals and Inspections in Alabama. We regularly inspect and appraise C1, C2, C3, and all current model Corvettes. These cars are some of the more difficult cars to inspect due to the significance of the “numbers”. We inspect body, frame, quality of restoration, level of originality, any available documentation, all mechanical components, and gather significant driveline information such as date castings, VIN stampings, etc. A thorough inspection of a Corvette can be very important prior to making a purchasing decision. Our services can be tailored to suit your specific needs and can quickly be adapted to the specific car we are inspecting. We can in most cases we can perform an inspection much more economically than the cost of travel, loss of work, rental cars, hotels, etc. Allow us to be your eyes, ears, and your expert 3rd party opinion. We can also assist with the transport of your car using the most reliable carriers of collectible cars available. Our service area includes all of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and many other areas upon special request.
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Here’s a classic example is a 1965 Corvette 396 we performed an inspection on. The car was great if I was going through a checklist looking for flaws, scratches, tire condition, etc. However we all know that C2 Corvette’s, particularly Big Block’s valuations are very heavily weighted on driveline originality. My inspection uncovered that the vehicle had a proper 396 engine, though stamped correctly, was not the original engine to that car. Our client was negotiating on a car that by his understanding, a correct numbers matching example. Here’s a couple of photos from our inspection report that told a different story. We I inspected the car, I was very uncomfortable with the appearance of the stamp pad. I had a concern and continued to look for clues to tell the story. The block was cast in an acceptable range, however was on the limit of what could have been considered acceptable. We then went through a large box of documentation and went through countless receipts, photos, brochures, magazine articles, to find the second picture shown. Same numbers and letters, but if you look closely, you can easily see, they are not identical and on a different block. This certainly was a game changer for our client and the true value of this car. The car was very nice otherwise.
Engine Stamp Pad as photographed in car at time of inspection
Photograph discovered while inspecting documentation of the same car 25 years earlier.
Though the condition of the nicks, scratches, and tires is important for an inspector to report on, on this inspection example, we worked on acquiring the most important information that could affect this vehicles value, and didn’t leave until our findings were conclusive. This also allows us to remain objective. If we have an example of a significant car that is very correct, but does have small flaws or very serviceable issues, we won’t allow those trivial issues to sway your purchasing decision if we are looking at a very correct car. We aim to assist you in purchasing a car, presenting ourselves professionally, and ensuring your experience is a good one, and keeping you from making a mistake that you’d only regret. We would like to add that most sellers are very happy to accommodate our inspection, and also have a higher comfort level of engaging into a transaction that all parties are better informed. It’s amazing how often we are able bring an issue to a sellers attention. It helps all parties in putting together a fair and equitable deal. We hope to serve you for your vehicle inspection needs.
Please contact us about performing a pre purchase inspection on the car you’re looking to buy online prior to sending the money.