CAR, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE anD RELATED VEHICULAR EQUIPMENT APPRAISALS SERVING ENTHUSIASTS AND INDUSTRY SINCE 1994





UPDATE (Feb 2021): Telltale Parts



When performing a pre-purchase inspection I like to tailor the content to the client's primary concerns. I do tend to comment on items that may seem trivial, but may lead to other concerns or suspicions that the client should consider. Several details that I'll note: A universal radiator flex hose - why was that installed instead of the replacement molded hose? How about a generic lever type radiator cap - does it have the right pressure setting? Cooling problems?







cheap vinyl steering wheel cover - is the steering wheel cracked or the wood or leather damaged? Under-dash mounted gauges - oil pressure or overheating problems in the past? Thick chassis undercoating - hiding rust, cracks or other damage? Wires hanging from under the dash - a fire hazard and/or unresolved electrical problems? Steering wheel not properly aligned with front wheels aimed straight - improper mounting or significant steering or suspension problems?





None of these examples may represent a major issue impacting the value of the vehicle, but they should inspire a prospective buyer to inquire, or at least consider that they may portend lurking potential problems.