Auto Appraisal Group INC
Charlottesville, VA 22903
AAG recently performed a pre-purchase inspection and appraisal for me on a classic muscle car that looked awesome and which I was seriously thinking about buying. The invaluable information AAG provided for me through the inspection revealed that the car was, indeed, not what it appeared to be, and that it would be a financial mistake to purchase it. The money spent on the inspection and appraisal was more than worth the cost considering the loss I would have certainly incurred had I bought the car. Not only will I utilize their service again in the future, but I unhesitatingly recommend AAG to anyone who is considering the purchase of a particular used car and needs a professional opinion and appraisal to make a confident decision.
Greg Shipman, Arizona
Very pleased with inspector (Tommy) and the report on a 1967 Plymouth I was interested in buying. Because I was several states away I needed an advocate. Talking with AAG's owner Larry was very enlightening and enjoyable. I did not purchase the vehicle because of information and advise I received from them. I was satisfied with their service to cause me to use them again on another vehicle. I would recommend them.
WE HAVE BEEN USEING LARRY & REBECCA'S SERVICES FOR 4-5 YEARS NOW. THEY HAVE DONE APPROX. 10 APPRAISALS FOR USE WITH A PLEASANT, EFFICIENT MATTER WHICH GIVES YOU THE CONFIDENCE THAT
THE NUMBERS THEY ARRIVE AT ARE ACCURATE AND REALISTIC.
I AM, ONCE AGAIN, USEING THEM ON A 1957 CHEVROLET THAT I RECENTLY AQUIRED. I LOOK FOWARD TO WORKING WITH TOM PALUSO WHO HAS DONE OTHER CARS FOR US.
A GREAT TESTAMONY TO THEIR REPUTATION COMES FROM HAGARTY INSURANCE, A LEADER IN THE CLASSIC AUTO INSURANCE FIELD. THEY RELY 100% ON LARRY'S NUMBERS. IN THEIRS (AS WELL AS OUR) OPINION, THEY ARE TOPS!
THE FINAL REPORT ONE RECEIVES IS PROFESSIONAL & COMPREHENSIVE, AS WELL AS REALISTIC, IN HELPING TO PROPERLY INSURING OUR CLASSICS.
I recently had the importunity to buy a 1937 Chevy Master Deluxe Sports Coupe Rumble Seat.
My only problem was it was 2500 mile's away.
I need to have it checked out by a professional.
AAG, did the appraisal on the Le May collection and the Tucker Papers, they validated all of Tuckers papers from their invoices to their bankruptcy filing claims.
What better credentials, could I have asked for.
The seller of the 37 Chevy wasn't very forthcoming with all the defects of the car.
Hence AAG came into play, they contacted their agent Tony Grillo, who is a restorer himself, a licenced appraiser.
He sent me 67 photos and notes, explaining the paint thickness, engine spec's, visual damage, tire age, Etc. etc. etc.
Just too much detail to go into here.
In short that inspection by AAG and Tony Grillo, save me $ 28,000 and a lot of heartbreak had I just taken the dealers word, that the car was cherry.
This is one great, company, and I will personally recommend them to anyone who can't or doesn't have the ability to inspect an auto themselves.
Respectfully, Joe Romano, East Tennessee
Incredible service on all levels, and an Eyes Wide-Open(ing) experience! For having never bought a vehicle other than through a local dealership, along with never having purchased a used vehicle, here I was looking at purchasing a 1969 Firebird from over 900 miles away. I knew I needed to have the vehicle inspected and appraised, so I asked the national lender I was using to finance the loan "Who are some good reputable auto inspection/appraisal companies?" Auto Appraisal Group (AAG), was one of the very few that were recommended and were nation-wide. Although the finance institution was rather comfortable with the classic car dealership I was working with, in regards to being very reputable, I knew I needed to have someone represent our interest, especially with this significant of an investment.
Once I called and requested the inspection and appraisal, a very seasoned inspector/appraiser was at the dealership within 2 days, and had the 12-page detailed report along with 60 pictures of every nook and cranny of the car, along with the report, the next night. That's called Service! Even more amazing was when I called and asked about the appraisal of the vehicle, I actually had the opportunity to speak directly to the owner of AAG who gave me more information about buying classic cars than I could've ever learned through reading books, or browsing on the internet. There is something to be said about generations of experience when buying a classic or used vehicle, especially when those people are working for you! My conversations with the appraiser and the owner actually drove me to stop, take a step back, and take the emotional aspects out of the process, and look at it much more pragmatically. My wife and I took two more days to debate the pros and cons before we finally decided to move forward with the purchase, and note, we did so with our “eyes wide open”.
I would like to thank the AAG team for going above and beyond to help us as we journeyed through this experience, and for teaching us more than I could have ever asked for from anyone. Thank You!
Two very satisfied customers
They were extremely thorough and spent a lot of time with me going over the results of their inspection of a 1950s classic convertible. They truly cared about helping me make the right and informed decision on buying the car and helped me avoid a purchase I would have regretted. Will definitely use AAG again in my next prepurchase inspection. They are great.
Claiming someone else's feedback and ellicting it as your own is a deplorable act and speaks not only to your character but to your business practices as well.
You not only did not take the time to correct it (reach out to me to fix it), you used it to your advantage for the time it was here.
You are now earning this 1 star review for this lack of action on your part. Learn from this mistake.
I would never again get their value range appraisal over the phone or internet. They provide a range without any substantiating information (they will not even provide a single comparable to show that they have given a value range on the correct trim of a car). The value range they gave me is at least $10,000 higher than anything I've found in my research; it is the value range that I've seen for a higher trim of the make and model car I own. To get any proof that they did research on the correct model car, you have to pay for the more extensive, expensive appraisal.
I will not revisit the positive comments provided by other reviewers as my experience with AAG has been a mirror image. I could have not been more pleased. Turn-around from the time of my request was phenomenal……ordered a pre-purchase inspection on Friday afternoon and had the completed report by Monday AM. The inspector, Norm Stearns, called me prior to and post inspection to discuss details. AAG owner, Larry Batton, called Monday afternoon to provide values, expectations of the car, caveats, market trends…….whatever he thought important and I might inquire. AAG’s service, knowledge and experience saved me a 1,200 mile drive, motel rooms, gas and a lot of stress. The price of their pre-purchase inspection was worth every penny. I have yet to make a final decision on this car but now know that I’m prepared to discuss fine tuned details with the seller that can place both of us in a reasonable and justified comfort environment. This time with the car miles away I saved a lot of time, money, and effort. Based on my current experience if I purchase another classic car I’m returning to AAG for an unbiased, unemotional, and knowledgeable opinion even if the car is across the street.
Great company to deal with. Everyone is frendly and honest. I was especially pleased how the appraiser (in my case Fred Wittmann) was very extensive in the inspection. He called before he went to do the inspection to ask me specifically some of my conserns were. Then called shortly after the inspection to explain everything he found good and bad. Unfortunately this go around was more bad than good but I am greatful because the things that were omitted by the seller would have caused me to be very disappointed. I have never bought a car sight unseen and for anyone that is looking to buy a car that way I would Highly recommend to get these guys to take a look for you first. Honest and genuine people to work with. Thanks again Mr. Freddy and Larry for all the help.
I had my corvette reviewed by AAG. I'm in California, the car was in Maryland.
It's a 1967 Corvette stingray, bought through a broker, Flemings Ultimate Garage.
Flemings is an upscale broker for vintage cars, but it should also be stated that they're still in the business of selling used cars, and like to occassionally embellish a car's value and/or condition.
The AAG reviewer did an excellent job of reviewing the car's overall condition in terms of the appearance and body integrity. However, the reviewer should have focused more on how Flemings represented the car. It could have helped. Things like "all the numbers match" should have been more carefully checked. Also, the appraisor was initially told he couldn't take the car for a test drive and he accepted that. That's completely unacceptable. Turns out several things turned up and more would have been revealed had this been a more focused part of the appraisal.
Overall, I give AAG a 'thumbs up' for what they did, but in the end, it's still 'buyer beware.'
I am very happy with AAG's inspection service and will continue to use AAG to assist me with my collector car purchases. Both inspectors that I worked with have been very helpful and provided me with what I needed to know in order to make a decision. I highly recommend AAG's appraisal services.