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Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Trailer, Boat, and Military Vehicle Appraisals
in the Charlotte NC area

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Auto Appraisal Carolinas performs appraisals on all sorts of vehicles including late model cars, trucks, antique autos, classic cars, muscle cars, exotics, street rods, kit cars, motorcycles, ATVs, boats, military vehicles, etc.   


We perform many types of Appraisals:

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Pre-Purchase Inspection

We help you buy a used or classic vehicle with confidence.


A certified agent conducts an in depth inspection of your vehicle and creates a detailed report that includes:

  • Vehicle condition and trouble areas

  • Paint gauge readings to find repaint and body filler

  • 53 point in depth inspection on cars and trucks

  • 70-150 detailed photographs of the vehicle's condition

  • Operation and test ride

  • Originality matching and decoding of identify numbers (optional)

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Prepurchase Inspection

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may require some vehicles to initiate a new title.  For example, on a custom built vehicle, when the original title is lost, or when a vehicle is brought into NC without proper documentation. 


We specialize in DMV initial title appraisals.  Part of our service is guiding you through the complex initial titling process.  We have a relationship with another NC appraisal company, that allows us to arrange the required second appraisal at a discount.

DMV Initial Title

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Diminished Value


  • Our NC licensed appraisers will help you reach a fair settlement with your insurance company.

  • We provide a written report with the pre-accident value of your vehicle.

  • We are NC licensed appraisers and we meet the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) that the insurance companies demand.

Total Loss

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Total Loss

Our NC licensed appraisers help family members determine the fair market value of a vehicle to ensure equitable distribution of property.

  • We are NC licensed appraisers and meet the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) standards that courts demand.

  • We can provide expert witness testimony to support our appraisal.

Estate, Divorce, Bankruptcy

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It is important to have independent documentation for the condition and value of your collectible auto to set its insurance policy coverage. If your vehicle is damaged, our detailed report and photos establish the pre-collision condition and value for your claim.


We are NC licensed appraisers and meet the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) that the insurance companies demand.

Insurance Coverage

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Insurance Coverage


Your lender may request an independent appraisal to establish the value of your vehicle. 

We meet the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) that lenders demand.

Bank Loan Value

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Loan or Lease


Our appraisal report establishes the tax deduction value of a vehicle donated to a not-for-profit charity.


We meet the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) that the IRS demands.

We can also point you toward charities who accept vehicle donations.

Charitable Donations

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  • Rebuilding classic cars since 1970

  • 6 years in the U.S. Air Force as Aircraft Technician

    • Competed formal training on Aircraft inspection techniques and documentation.

    • Maintained the United States President’s fleet of aircraft including AirForce I and AirForce II.

  • 33 years at IBM Corporation

    • Manufacturing line Test Technician – Used formal inspection techniques and documentation to repair large scale high speed enterprise copiers.

    • Product Development Standards Test Lead – Created inspection methodologies and test equipment to verify that new Banking products meet worldwide national communications, electrical, and safety standards.  This included highly detailed reporting based upon gathered data and technical judgement.

    • Corporate Headquarters Worldwide Initiatives Deputy Program Manager – Developed and deployed corporate programs worldwide, such as; project management, training programs, etc.  This included high level executive reporting based upon vast worldwide data and our global action plans.

  • Lead Appraiser at Auto Appraisal Carolinas since 2013

    • Licensed Motor Vehicle appraiser in North Carolina

    • Completed the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraiser Practices (USPAP) Certification training.

    • Competed AAG formal training and certification on vehicle inspection techniques and documentation.

    • Attend annual classes and events to keep knowledge current.

    • Appraised many types of vehicles, such as; cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, trailers, boats, construction equipment, etc.

    • Personally built 3 custom cars.  Each won numerous awards and were featured on the Motor Trend channel and at SEMA.

    • Published 4 books on designing and building custom cars

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We travel 50 miles from Lake Norman.

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  • 4/4/24 Mike of Las Vegas, NC Pre-purchase inspection of 1963 Corvette Split window

You were a huge help in preventing what could have been a disaster. I appreciate all you did!

  • 3/29/24 Harry B. Miami Fl, Prepurchase inspection of 1969 Corvette

Received your appraisal, excellent job!

  • 2/8/24 Steven T of Florida, Prepurchase inspection of 1990 Suburban

​Thanks for taking such good care of me!! 

  • 2/2/24  Josh G. of Greenville SC, Estate appraisal of antique boat

Great work and thanks for the prompt reply!

  • 1/31/24 Jim C of Florida, Inspection of 2011 Porsche Cayman

Very detailed inspection report.

  • 1/23/24 William B of Davidson NC, Appraisal of 2001 GMC Truck for Charitable contribution

Thank you for your excellent service.  We will see you again!

  • 7/29/23 David G. of Prosperity SC, Appraisal of 1971 Oldsmobile 442

I was impressed on how the appraisal was professionally prepared and how accurate it was.  If I need your services in the future, I know who to call.

  • 7/18/23 Ben R. of Charlotte NC, Appraisal of 1967 Chevelle SS

I appreciate the detailed writeup and pictures!

  • 6/23/23 Blaine H. of North Dakota, Prepurchase inspection of 1966 Mustang

Thank you!  I will call in the future if I need another inspection.

  • 6/15/23 Leonardo M. of  Los Angeles CA, Prepurchase inspection of 1970 Chevelle

Thank you for looking forward to see where this potential car investment goes.

  • 4/28/23  Jessie W. of Charlotte NC, Totaled appraisal of 2010 GL450

Thank you, I appreciate everything you did for me.

  • 3/9/23 Jamie T. of Charlotte NC, DMV Appraisal of mobile home

Thank you so much for your help on this difficult situation.  You are a god sent!

  • 10/27/22 Stan W. of Cayman Islands, Pre-purchase inspection of 2022 EV6

Thanks for your efficient service...Best regards​

  • 10/18/22 Lynn G. of Atlanta GA, Estate appraisal of classic boats

​Thank you very much!  I appreciate your patience, diligence, and flexibility. 

  • 9/28/22 Austyn P. of Denver NC, Insurance Appraisal of 1996 Ford F150 truck

​I appreciate your help.  This will help me tremendously!  I will refer you to my friends.

  • 9/17/22 Russ F. of Toledo, Ohio, Prepurchase inspection of 1957 Oldsmobile 98

​Thank you! Very thorough and detailed vehicle review!

  • 9/13/22 Brad P.  of Elizabeth City NC, Appraisal for NC DMV initial title for a M561 military vehicle

Thanks, Now I have all the information I need to get my NC DMV title. I greatly appreciate the help.

  • 8/11/22 Brandon H. of NYC, Pre-purchase Inspection of 1961 Toyota FJ43L

I appreciate your prompt and thorough help on this!  

  • 7/19/22 Thomas W. of Austria, Pre-purchase Inspection of 1940 Ford Deluxe

​Thanks again for your professional inspection. I will add you to my contacts and call you again.

  • 7/15/22 Brian R. of Texas, Pre-purchase Inspection of 1973 Corvette

Thanks for doing that for me so quickly!  It was worth every penny.  

  • 6/16/22 Roy K. of Concord NC, Appraisal of 1959 Fairlane 500 Galaxy

​I appreciate the thorough assessment.

  • 6/15/22 Joshua L. of Frackville PA, Pre-purchase Inspection of 1974 Jeep CJ

​Really appreciate your work. I highly recommended you.

  • 6/1/22 Ferman V. of Los Angeles CA, Pre-Purchase Inspection of 1957 Belair

Great photos! I appreciate all your work. I'll definitely call u soon about an appraisal.

  • 5/9/22 Ethan A. of Cornelius NC, Appraisal for NC DMV initial title for a 1949 Chevy Truck

​Thank you again for everything!

  • 5/7/22 Robert Z. of Denver Co, Pre-Purchase Inspection of 1968 Mustang Fastback

​I appreciate your handling this so promptly.

  • 5/4/22 Kelly N. of Atlanta GA, Pre-Purchase Inspection of 1965 Mustang

You are awesome!  It was a pleasure working with you.

  • 3/24/22 Kenneth M. of Charlotte NC, Appraisal for NC DMV initial title for a Shelby Cobra

 Just read the appraisal. Great job...very pleased!  It's a pleasure doing business with professional and sincere people.​

  • 1/10/22 Jason P. of Mt Holley NC, Insurance appraisal of 1986 VW Vanagon 

​Thanks for the fast turnaround. 

  • 1/5/22 Casey J. of Bridgeport MI: Pre-Purchase Inspection of 1986 Malibu Aerosport

​Outstanding.  I really appreciate your help.  Your work is amazingly thorough.

  • 12/19/21 Jeremy D. of Montgomery AL: Pre-purchase inspection of 1956 Chevy station wagon

 Thanks for your promptness.  

  • 12/17/21 Scott I. of Mooresville NC: Insurance appraisal of 1987 Porsche 930 Slant Nose

Thanks for the quick turn around​

  • 12/1/21 Alissa P. of Mooresville NC: Appraisal of 1992 Mustang GT

Thank you for the quick turnaround.  I appreciate the thorough investigation and report!

  • 11/11/21  Diezel K. of Stanley NC: Appraisal of 44' race trailer

​Thanks so much. I will pass your name on for my customers.

  • 10/19/21 Kenneth L. of Wisconsin: Pre-Purchase inspection of 1970 Nova SS

Thanks for the detailed inspection.  It kept me from making an expensive mistake.

  • 10/14/21 Franck C. of France: Pre-purchase inspection of 1969 Corvette

Thanks for the Nice Job you did!

  • 9/17/21 Cameron C. of Alexandria VA: Pre-Purchase inspection of 1978 VW Bus

​I'll send anyone I can your way.  Top notch service! 

  • 9/4/21 David W. of Texas: Pre-purchase inspection of 2006 Corvette Z06

​You run a first class operation. I appreciate the prompt and courteous service. Great photos.

  • 9/2/21 Billy G. of Mooresville NC: Charity donation appraisal of 2006 NASCAR Cup Car

​Thank you! This is an excellent appraisal and much appreciated.

  • 8/17/21 Mark F. of Winston Salem NC: Pre-purchase inspection of Toyota 1981 FJ40

You saved me from making a mistake.   I’ll call you again.

  • 8/9/21 Francis K. of Charlotte NC: Totaled appraisal of Ford Escape

A million thanks for your prompt reply and professionalism.

  • 7/18/21 Greg A. of Hilton Head SC: Pre-purchase inspection of 1966 Chevelle

Thanks for all your work.  Your report will help me a lot.

  • 7/12/21 Francis N. of Charlotte NC: Totaled appraisal of 2012 Honda Pilot

​Millions thanks for your thoughtful job and professionalism!

  • 6/22/21 Jason W. of Mooresville NC: Appraisal for NC DMV initial title for a VW Sand Rail

Thank you for the fast turn around.  I know who to call when I do this again.

  • 5/19/21 Jaran S. of Virginia: Loan appraisal of 1967 Mustang​

Thank you for all of your help! A very thorough assessment and appraisal.

  • 5/5/21 Deborah R. of Concord NC: Resale Appraisal of 1956 Chevrolet Station wagon

I appreciate all your help.  This is a great start for me to sell the car.

  • 4/8/21 Jason D. of Arizona: Pre-purchase inspection of 1967 Nova

Very efficient and professional. I really appreciate it.

  • 4/1/21 Mike H. of Kansas City: Pre-purchase inspection of 2001 Mustang Bullet

Great job of summarizing both the good qualities of the car and the items that need attention.

  • 12/4/20 Richard J. of Germany: Pre-purchase inspection of 1967 Corvette

Thx for your quick response

  • 12/2/20 Adam S. of Toronto, Canada: Pre-purchase inspection of 1969 Charger

Thanks for the thorough inspection and detailed report.  It was exactly what I expected. 

  • 11/16/20 David M. of Houston TX: Pre-purchase inspection of 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 

Your inspection report was exactly what I was looking for. Very thorough and plenty of photos.  I would definitely use your services again.

  • 9/4/20 Joe D. of Charlotte: Resale Appraisal of Batmobile

That was prompt service! If we need any appraisals in the future we will look you up.

  • 8/10/20 Keith H. of Granite Falls NC: Insurance Appraisal of 1956 Nomad

Thank you for your prompt and professional service.

  • 8/1/20 Ron A. of Miami FL: Pre-purchase inspection of 1973 Corvette

Thank you for all your hard work, we really appreciate you​

  • 7/21/20 Nate P. of Philadelphia PA: Pre-purchase inspection of 1966 Nova

Thanks for your hard work and quick turnaround

  • 7/9/20 Bill B. of Portland OR: Pre-purchase inspection of 2013 Armada

Thanks for the thorough job!

  • 6/24/20 Richard M. of San Diego CA: Pre-purchase inspection of 1989 C10 pickup

Thanks for the fantastic detailed report.  You saved us from making a very expensive mistake.

  • 6/18/20 Mark S. of Buffalo NY: Pre-purchase inspection of 2008 Charger SRT8

Great work. Thanks for getting right on this.  A great deal for a long distance buyer.

  • 5/28/20 Larry H. of Sugarland TX: Pre-purchase inspection of 1935 Ford Hot Rod

Thanks very much for your professionalism. Very good report; helpful.

  • 5/15/20 Adam H. of Huntersville NC: Loan Appraisal of 1937 Chevrolet Truck

Awesome, thanks for the help

  • 2/28/20 Allison H. of San Antonio TX: Pre-purchase Inspection of 1975 911

Thanks so much! We appreciate it! 

  • 1/26/20 Jesse B. of Lincolnton NC: NC DMV Appraisal of 2018 DF Goblin

You're a freaking rockstar!  Thank you soo much for getting this back to me so quickly. 

  • 1/16/20 Mike K. of Charlotte NC: IRS Appraisal of 2013 Camry

Thank you very much for coming out and doing the appraisal.  The end result is very helpful.​


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