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Appraiser Recommendations - NC


Malo48
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Good afternoon all,

 

On behalf of a friend, I'm looking for recommendations for an appraiser in North Carolina.  Apparently the vehicle is in Pine Bluff, if that helps narrow the radius a bit.  Unless I'm mistaken, I believe the car is a '60s VW (if that matters).


Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

-Mike

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I think you've given us all the information needed,

Mr. Malo.  Yes, the type of car is vitally important:

One person may be an expert on 1910's brass-era

cars, another may know 1950's Buicks very well,

another may know Ferraris.

 

People here will tell you, from experience, that most

of the known car-appraisal companies are not good,

hiring inexperienced people and not giving their

money's worth.  Let's see what they can tell you.

 

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11 minutes ago, Malo48 said:

My fr

My friend is interested in a vehicle that's claimed to be recently restored, and wants to get a good set of eyes on it. 

 

You don't want an appraiser.   They are worthless.    You can do one of the following:

 

1.   Get a bunch of really good pictures of the car and post them here.  We will rip the car to shreds.

 

2.  There are a couple of different VW clubs,  and getting a local member to look at it with him might help.

 

3.  If he has a relationship with a restorer,  than have the restorer check the car out.

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Mike, there have been several threads in past years

where others have asked about appraisers.  Here is

one.  Matt Harwood is a member of our forum, and a

full-time antique car dealer;  his comments are well

written and knowledgeable about appraisers.  (He

finds that most are poor.)  You may find this useful:

 

 

 

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Your friend should buy a plane ticket, look at it himself. Inspectors don't have any special knowledge/skills/tests that will tell a buyer anything he can't divine for himself while looking at it.

 

If you don't put your own eyes on it, you have nobody to blame but yourself when it isn't what you wanted/expected/hoped.

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Best way to do it. If someone is a serious buyer and willing to spend even 5-6 thousand (not that that is a small amount) going in person to look is the best way. Even more so if the car is say 10-20k. A day or 2 road trip costing a couple of tanks of gas and a couple stays at the best western is well spent. Take yours or your friends pickup and trailer and if its what its supposed to be bring it home! When I was looking for a car I focused on area that was within a 2-4 day drive, which for me covers quite an area.

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6 hours ago, Malo48 said:

Just an update: my pal was able to go see the car in person and spend some time with it.  He ended up buying it and it's en route to him. 

Thanks all!

 

We need a couple of pictures for all the priceless advise we gave.

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