Are you going to receive a quality report? Is it a professional-looking report that looks presentable with “real” content? You should be asking any potential appraiser that you may consider using to provide you with an email sample of a completed report for you to review.
If they are reluctant to do so then you may want to ask yourself why they would not be willing to show off the quality of their work. If they provide something that appears to have been created in a word document format, something that anyone could create within a couple of hours typing using underlined & bold lettering, ask yourself, how professional will that report look to an insurance company, a lawyer, or a potential buyer for your car? You may want to consider something better for the money you are about to spend.
At C/S Automotive Appraisal Services, we have invested a lot into an actual appraisal program that no other company in North America has even considered doing. We have raised the bar with regard to quality reports second to none in the appraisal industry. That is why we provide you with a sample of our high-quality report on our website.
Restored to maximum professional standards of quality in every area, or a perfect original with components operating and appearing as new. These could be considered the very best in the world, a concourse type restoration. A 95-plus point car that is rarely driven if at all. In a national show judging, a #1 car is likely to win top honours in its class.
A well restored, or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original. Also, an extremely well-maintained original showing very minimal wear. Except for the very closest inspection, a #2 vehicle may appear as a #1 vehicle. The #2 vehicle may take top awards in many judged shows except when matched against a #1example in the same class. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have slightly aged. Only upon close inspection would a seasoned observer be able to notice flaws not noticed by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass & interior will appear excellent.
A combination of well-done restoration and very good original operable components; or a partially restored car with all excellent quality original and/or NOS or new reproduction parts is required to complete it. May include fresh paint, new interior & recent mechanical work. Also, a very good quality amateur restoration all presentable & serviceable throughout. Not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses.
Completely operable original or “older restoration” showing wear. A drivable vehicle needing no or only minor work to be functional. Also, a deteriorating restoration or a poor amateur restoration. All components may need restoration to be very good or excellent but the vehicle is mostly usable “as is”. This is a driver and/or may be in the process of restoration.
Needs complete restoration of body, chassis, powertrain and interior. May or may not be running, may be weathered but not wrecked and/or stripped to the point of being used only for parts. This car needs everything. It may not be operable, but is essentially all there and has only minor rust and/or damage to repair.
May or may not be running but is weathered, wrecked and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily for parts. This is an incomplete or greatly deteriorated, perhaps rusty vehicle that has value only as a parts donor for other restoration projects.