Expert Auto Appraisals can perform a pre purchase inspection on a car that you’re considering the purchase of for as little as $295. This service will provide you with all you’ll need to know before committing yourself to a vehicle that your considering the purchase of. We make our services available for remote buyers such as eBay bidders in other states or countries. Our regular service area includes all areas in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. However, I go everywhere. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and have been through Europe, and Mexico as well performing the services I provide. There are many reasons to strongly consider having a car inspected in advance of your purchase, particularly if you’re considering the vehicle at a distance, sight unseen.
Wether it’s a 45 year Corvette, or a 3 year old Porsche, a modified, painted, or restored vehicle can open the door to several issues, many of which can have a significant effect on it’s value. Our inspection process is designed to determine correctness, integrity, and originality first. Then inspect the issues that we discover and determine if the vehicle is worth considering. Although it is our service to be critical of the vehicle we are inspecting, we always remain objective. We find flaws with all cars, and many of them we feel are great examples that are great vehicles to buy.
Does the car even exist?
This has become an issue that I have seen first hand too often over the last couple of years. I have been asked to inspect cars that, upon our arrival, there is no car. These online sellers have become very sophisticated in creating identities, and stories, backed with photographs of car, that in reality, they do not own or have the right to sell. In Florida last year, quite a few cars were came to market that were fraudulent. I have seen this in other states as well. I don’t see this going away any time soon, so this is now added to my list of Why a Pre Purchase Inspection
Frame Damaged, Flood, and Stolen Vehicles
This is an area of the Auto Industry we try to avoid, and suggest you do as well. However, a reality of the marketplace is that these vehicles are in it. Most dealers, dealer auctions, and retail consumers make efforts to stay away from these cars. However, as with anything in our lives, if there’s money available to unscrupulous sellers by representing questionable vehicles, they will find their way into the marketplace. Our inspection can pick up signs of past work to prepare these vehicle for resale, and give you the advice to stay away.
Title, Seller, and the Environment
This is a huge aspect of what we assist our clients with. When I show up to inspect a car, we are dealing with anything and everyone. Sometimes the car isn’t the problem, or I should say, not the only problem. I can tell you that the this comes up quite often. Title issues are very common as well vehicle storage, seller / owner isn’t the person the vehicle is titled to, and the list goes on. These issues can all be dealt with, but I assure you that dealing with the seller to resolve when you still have your money is much easier than when the seller has it. Every deal is different, however the discipline that I have to stay on a plan to uncover these issues can be invaluable at the closing table. With now over 30 years of dealing with special interest vehicles, and being a professional buyer for many of them, we know what to look for and what to avoid.
Vehicle History reports
Vehicle History reports such as Carfax offer a great look into the history of a vehicle and should always be looked at before purchasing a modern vehicle. They are however not always complete, and should be not be relied on to make a determine wether a vehicle has paint work, accident, or flood history. Owners of modern, expensive vehicles such as Porsche are aware of the negative effect an incident reported on a Vehicle History can have on a vehicle value, especially one that they own. It is quite common for a non major incident not be reported to an insurance company, and the repairs paid by the owner. Think about it, a 15-25% devaluation of a vehicle due to a accident reported is quite common on a high end vehicle. That’s 15-25% of $100,000 or more and is known as Diminished Value. We will carefully inspect every vehicle for any sign of paint work or repair to make sure that you are not a victim of trusting only a vehicle history report.
Fair Market Value
There are numerous web sites that will give approximate values on used vehicles. It always amazes me how they can differ on the exact same vehicle and details. The problem with this is that the values can vary as much as thousands. We look at these values along with auction reports, exporter interest, option and color desirability, and several other factors that we use to determine a vehicle’s fair market value. Most importantly, we determine wether or not a vehicle is worth buying at any price. Allow us to use our 30 years of experience to assist you, our client.