“Frank, can I hire you?” “Why?” “Because the last 4 cars you have looked at I lost the sale”. “No, I wouldn’t work for you. I work for everyone”.
I am hired to represent and authenticate the buyer or seller’s vehicle. I am not a push over. The description as to what you are selling or what you are buying remains neutral until I inspect the vehicle. International buyers’ as well as American buyers’ need to have someone represent them prior to sending monies to purchase the car.
I offer two types of appraisals:
Full Inspection: A full written appraisal based on condition, identification of the restoration, if any, and photographs.
Verbal appraisal: A verbal appraisal from photographs and interviewing the sellers’ and or buyers’ description.
As far as the negotiations on the purchase price, that is between the seller and buyer. Based upon inspection and my evaluation in coming up with a dollar amount needed in repairs, I am in a position to negotiate the seller’s asking price. For example, a seller is asking $10,000USD for his car, but to bring the value to the seller’s demands would require an additional $6,000USD in repairs and/or restoration, the true value that I would recommend is $4,000USD as the selling price.
In the April 12, 2012 Hemmings Motors News Blog, there was an article about a man in Ohio who was arrested for trying to sell a cloned Chevelle Z16 as the real thing. The fraudulent seller supposedly received an appraisal on the car. If a potential buyer was looking to purchase this car and willing to spend the $100,000USD asking price, the buyer would want to spend their dollars very carefully and have the vehicle properly appraised by an experienced appraiser. If not, one could lose a substantial amount of money, not counting the legal fees.
I am a valuable tool for the classic and antique connoisseur bringing the seller and buyer together with a fair market value for the car being sold or purchased. I have over 40 years of experience as a licensed and bonded appraiser and adjuster. Call me for your next Classic, Collectible, Exotic and Muscle Car appraisal.