Our service radius is approximately 90 miles from Pittsburgh in all directions covering Western PA, Eastern OH and Northern WV. There are many parts to our inspection and appraisal analysis; preparation, thorough evaluation, quality photographs, research, document report, and verbal report. The sum of all is what gives you a true understanding of the vehicle without misinterpretation, and that is what makes our mobile auto inspection and appraisal service top-notch.
Inspections check the functionality and condition on hundreds of items including the engine, systems, accessories, fluids, belts, tires and more. The interior is carefully looked at top to bottom, everything is checked from dash lights to seat operation. We also canvas the details of hardware, rubber seals, trim, chrome and other cosmetics. A close eye examines the body and paint including a thorough undercarriage inspection. Last but not least, we check known problem areas for that specific make and model plus any small requests you might have. Results are a detailed written report that is 4 to 5 pages long, up to 100 quality photos of the automobile inside and out including undercarriage and close-ups, along with a verbal report answering any questions you have. Customers receive the written report and photos via email on the same day the inspection is performed, and after the results are reviewed by the customer we discuss the findings over the phone to ensure the observations are interpreted correctly.
Market Valuations are a 2-page document that can be done remotely or locally that contains basic information about the vehicle and its Fair Market Value based on observations and/or the owners description and photographs. This is not a Certified Appraisal or Inspection, it is an assigned price guide and its limited by the honesty of the information provided. Ultimately a vehicle’s market value is determined in an open and fair market between knowledgeable parties who are not influenced to buy or sell. Although auction prices are sometimes higher they can be elevated due to ghost bidding and/or incorporating all the fees paid to them into the selling price, plus some industry price guides and classifieds influenced by dealers can also be higher because dealer prices can be anywhere from 10% to 90% higher than private party prices.
Appraisals are similar to the inspection in the initial evaluation phase, because in order to accurately determine the value of a vehicle the overall condition must be thoroughly evaluated first in-person. However there are more hours involved with an appraisal due to additional research and document layout after the inspection, therefore the final product is different because it serves a separate purpose. Our appraisal is typically 9 pages long for one vehicle and professionally prepared. Pittsburgh Vehicle PPI is certified by and in good standing with Pennsylvania Antique Auto Appraisals (PA3) and follows the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) as declared by the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation, which is accepted by institutions for insurance, estates, tax purposes, etc.
Industry Warning: Be leery of low-cost and/or remote appraisals. The national average for a properly prepared vintage auto appraisal is $300 to $500. Since our appraisals include everything a legitimate appraisal should have with a professional presentation, we are providing $500 worth of service to our customers for $315. Our goal as an independent operation is to provide a higher quality service than the national companies at a lower price. Additionally, while you might find somebody that charges $150 for an appraisal its usually one piece of paper without industry standards or credentials, and that is not a legitimate appraisal and often not accepted by major institutions.
Service Fees, please contact us with vehicle location for an exact quote:
- Inspection = $270 (includes 54 miles plus $1 per mile after)
- Market Valuation = $180 (includes 54 miles plus $1 per mile after, or done remotely)
- Appraisal = $315 (includes 54 miles plus $1 per mile after)
- Post Inspection Appraisal = $90 (appraisal request after inspection within 9 days)
- Consultation = $45 Per Hour (for any additional assistance outside the above services)
- Discounts = $45 Per Vehicle (for each additional vehicle evaluated same day at same location)
Below is a partial list of areas we service within this region, many towns are not listed so please inquire…
Western Pennsylvania Service Area
Aliquippa, Allison Park, Altoona, Ambridge, Apollo, Avella, Baden, Bakerstown, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Belle Vernon, Bellevue, Bentleyville, Bethel Park, Blairsville, Boyers, Brentwood, Brookville, Brownsville, California, Canonsburg, Centerville, Charleroi, Clarion, Connellsville, Corry, Cranberry, Derry, Donora, DuBois, Ebensburg, Edinboro, Eighty Four, Ellwood City, Erie, Ford City, Fox Chapel, Franklin, Gibsonia, Girard, Greensburg, Greenville, Grove City, Hermitage, Indiana, Irwin, Jeannette, Johnstown, Kittanning, Latrobe, Leechburg, Ligonier, Mars, Masontown, McMurray, Meadville, Mercer, Meyersdale, McCandless, Midland, Monongahela, Monroeville, Moon, Mount Lebanon, Mount Pleasant, Murrysville, Natrona Heights, New Brighton, New Castle, New Kensington, New Stanton, Oakmont, Oil City, Penn Hills, Pleasant Hills, Plum, Portage, Punxsutawney, Pymatuning, Reynoldsville, Robinson, Rochester, Ross, Rostraver, Russel, Scott, Scottdale, Sewickley, Slippery Rock, Somerset, South Park, Titusville, Union City, Uniontown, Vandergrift, Volant, Warren, Warrendale, Washington, Waynesburg, West Newton, Wexford, Youngwood, Zelienople
Eastern Ohio Service Area
Akron, Alliance, Barnsville, Boardman, Caldwell, Cambridge, Canfield, Canton, Carrollton, Columbiana, Cuyahoga Falls, Dover, Doylestown, East, Liverpool, Hartville, Homeworth, Hubbard, Hudson, Kent, Libson, Louisville, Massilon, Minerva, New Philadelphia, Newcomerstown, North Lima, Ravenna, Salem, St Clairsville, Steubenville, Streetsboro, Uhrichsville, Warren, Youngstown
Northern West Virginia Service Area
Bruceton Mills, Cheat Lake, Fairmont, Fairview, Keyser, Masontown, Morgantown, Moundsville, Piedmont, Weirton, Wellsburg, Wheeling
Western Maryland Service Area
Bel Air, Cumberland, Frostburg, Grantsville, Lavale, Oakland