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At Classic Wheels LLC we offer a wide range of Certified Appraisal Services to help you cover your classic auto’s real value. Choose one of our top rated services provided by our Certified Master Appraisers. Click any box below to learn more.

Certified Value Appraisals

Protect Your Investment of Time and Money.

There are a great many insurance companies that will cover your collector car with Comprehensive and Collision coverage. However, many will tell you that your vehicle will be covered for “actual cash value” or “book value” (IE: they decide what your vehicle is “worth” at the time of a claim) unless you have provided a proper and current appraisal. The best way to be sure that your car is protected properly is to have a professional vehicle valuation appraisal on file with your insurance company. You will need an endorsement to your policy indicating the type and/or amount of coverage your vehicle has. Not all companies offer this coverage; however, our appraisals are accepted by all insurance companies. Our appraisal will also be of immense help if you’re hit by the driver of some other insurance company, or, if that driver is uninsured. Without an appraisal, an unqualified person or claims adjuster who is unfamiliar with your vehicle, may be determining how much you are going to collect at the time of a loss.

Certified Divorce Appraisals

You do not want a court or an attorney to determine what your vehicle is worth. Have a Certified Value Appraisal done to determine the fair market value now and avoid problems later. This type of appraisal can be done during or prior to the divorce proceedings. If challenged in court, we are an expert witness. Every appraisal we have done has been upheld in court.

Certified Claim Appraisals

If you are arguing with an insurance company over the value of your vehicle after a loss, our Certified Value Appraisal NOW can be a big help. It’s not as easy to appraise a vehicle after an accident, fire, etc.. But it can still be done, and It is important to get this type of appraisal done as quickly as possible.

Certified Pre-Sales Appraisals

Selling a Collector Vehicle? A Pre-Sales or Pre-Auction Appraisal can be a tremendous help when selling a collector vehicle. First, it eliminates a lot of haggling or “negotiating” because the vehicle’s fair market value and condition has been established by a neutral professional party. For auctions, it can help you determine the “reserve” value. Secondly, a qualified buyer can use the appraisal to get a loan from his/her bank, or other lending institutions, to assist in buying your vehicle (many financial institutions will loan up to 80% of our appraised value).

Certified Substandard Restoration Appraisals

Did you pay for a prize winning restoration only to find out that the was inferior or incorrect?  We are experts in the restoration field, and our Certified Value Appraisal can help you with your claim.

Certified Pre-Purchase Appraisals

Buying a Collector Vehicle?

A Certified Pre-Purchase Inspection and Value Appraisal protects you by having the vehicle inspected and appraised BEFORE you buy. We do a 140 point visual and operational inspection that includes a comprehensive road test.  We also check the body for body filler, paint thickness and evidence of previous damage.  We determine the fair market value BEFORE you pay out any cash.  This will protect you from buying a vehicle where its description has not been represented accurately or fully disclosed as well as to protect you from overpaying for a vehicle.  The report includes extensive photo documentation and a report suitable for use in establishing insurance and/or loan value. It can also make a seller more reasonable in the asking price. We have saved many buyers from making major mistakes and also helped other buyers negotiate a fair deal on an overpriced vehicle.

Certified Collateral Appraisals

Documenting the current fair market value of your collector vehicle helps to increase your “net worth” when seeking a loan or other financial activity.

Certified Fraud Appraisals

Did you buy a vehicle “sight unseen” or by viewing photos on the internet?   When you received it, you believe that you were  cheated?  A Certified Value Appraisal can help build your case.  Was the vehicle advertised as having never been in an accident, and, you have discovered otherwise?  Did you discover flood damage? Our appraisals can help you in your objective to recover your investment.

Certified Pre-Accident Appraisals

In the event of an accident, the other party’s insurance company is going to try to settle the claim at the lowest possible amount. If you do not have a Certified Vehicle Value Appraisal, they will base the value on the “book” value which is much lower than your vehicle is really worth. Also, in the event that you have not updated your vehicles value with your insurance company, the pay out will be based on the last agreed value which is often lower than the current value based on the market conditions and vehicle improvements.  A Pre-Accident Valuation Appraisal can held you in your quest for a fair settlement.  We determine the value of the vehicle BEFORE the accident.

TIP:  Having a current Certified Vehicle Value Appraisal on file is always best and negates the potential for arguing about the vehicle’s value or cost to repair.

Certified Donation Appraisals

The IRS requires an appraisal for any gift to a charity or eligible museum, etc. Further, a qualified appraiser must complete and sign the appropriate IRS forms before you can take a tax deduction for your donation. We have helped museums and charities receive vehicle donations and ensured that the donors receive their proper tax deduction with the correct paperwork.

Some of the types of vehicles we specialize in:

  •  Antique Cars & Trucks
  •  Collectible Cars & Trucks
  •  Vintage Cars & Trucks
  •  Special Interest Vehicles
  •  Street Rods
  •  Antique Motorcycles & Scooters

Our appraisals and inspections are used for:

  • Insurance Values
  • Pre-Purchase Condition & Values
  • Pre-Auction Values
  • Pre-Accident Values
  • Collateral Values
  • IRS Donation/Gift Values
  • Estate Values
  • Exotics
  • Hot Rods
  • Fire Apparatus
  • Professional Vehicles
  • Custom Vans
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Divorce Values
  •  Pre-Sales Values
  •  Claim Settlement Values
  •  Fraud Determination
  •  Substandard Restoration
  •  and MORE
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If you have any questions about our services please send us a message using the contact form, or call us direct at (860) 874-3406.  We will be happy to assist you.

Rich Dabrowski

Larry Boardman