Is your future dream car in South Florida, but you aren't? Have us go take a look at the car for you, before you buy!
We will condition grade the engine bay, chassis, interior and exterior using a #1 through #6 grading scale extensively used in the collector car hobby.
The appraiser will then take the car out for a test drive to make sure the car accelerates, shifts, steers, brakes, and idles properly. He will then test all of the equipment (radios, seats, mirrors, sunroofs, climate control, stereo, NAV systems etc) to make sure everything works.
For these types of appraisals, the appraiser takes a large amount of photos. We are trying to find evidence of rust, hidden damage, accident repair, and any significant blemishes, dings, dents or scratches. As we are doing this we are watching to see if any leaks, smoke or hard idle develops.
Once finished, he will write a detailed report with select photos which will include an opinion of the value of the vehicle using multiple price guides, comparables and auction results. He will than email you a .PDF file of the report. We send a separate email using a file sharing service with all the photos. Fax and mail delivery is available as well.
Disclaimer: We try to be as thorough as we can. That said we are limited to what we can see and hear. In most cases we do not have access to lifts, though we do extensively photograph the undercarriage. We do not disassemble cars in any way (except removing the air cleaner in order to view the carburetor). The only tools we use are tire pressure and tread depth gauges, a flashlight and a soft magnet. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to run diagnostics and computer checks. If that is required we suggest contacting a local dealer of the make you are looking at. Furthermore, this inspection should be considered a snapshot in time. Used cars, and certainly older cars, can and do break without notice. Cars routinely get damaged during transportation (I know, I've done pre-accident appraisals for car transport insurance companies!). We therefore are not able to offer any guarantee or warranty. Our liability is limited to the cost of the appraisal.