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I have been a hot rod guy since a kid. One car I have always wanted was a 1936 Chevrolet 5 Window Coupe that was ready to go. I found one that was close to my dream car on Classic Car Store’s website. All steel body built from the ground up as a Pro-Touring car and built right. Jim was very helpful, specific and told me the good and bad about the car. I decided to buy it, bought a one-way ticket from Oklahoma to Birmingham, AL. I hoped the car was what it was supposed to be. Jim picked me up at the Airport and took me to the Owner, an elderly gentleman in a small country town. The car was everything represented, much nicer than I expected. After getting the banking handled I made a road trip back home to Oklahoma stopping and seeing a couple of friends on the way back. Not one problem with the car. Overall it was an excellent experience, especially when you are buying a car from photos and getting information from someone you don’t know. If you want a straight shooter when buying a Classic Car, Jim is the man. Thank you, DF-OK



Inspections & Appraisals


L. E. "Larry" Batton, President

Founder and President of Auto Appraisal Group Inc., (AAG) a nationwide company providing comprehensive appraisals of all types of automobiles, automobilia and parts including antique, classic, commercial and special interest automobiles, since 1989. AAG is the largest valuation Appraisal Company in the United States and the only company with trained and certified, independent agents. Agents have diverse expertise about a wide variety of cars, trucks, and motorcycles from early 1900’s to today.

  • Over 45 years of experience in the automobile business
  • Member of Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA)
  • Licensed Auctioneer in Virginia & Pennsylvania for 15 years.
  • Graduate Personal Property Appraiser designation. (GPPA)
  • Member of National Automobile Dealers Association Advisory Board for over 35 years.
  • Member of Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO).
  • Member of Society of Automotive Historians(SAH).
  • Lifetime Member of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
  • Member of the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA).
  • Member of the National Association of Automobile Museums and Lincoln Highway Association.
  • United States Marine Corps. A veteran of Vietnam War. Awarded Purple Heart.
  • Author and Instructor of Auto Appraisal Group® Certification Training Program.
  • Appraiser of the Harold LeMay Automotive Collection of over 3000 vehicles and a large collection of automobilia items documented by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest private automobile collection.
  • Appraised Chip Miller’s and Bob McDorman’s Corvettes and related automobilia and parts collections.
  • Appraised the “Sinkhole 8” Corvettes for the National Corvette Museum. Included the One millionth Corvette produced. These 8 cars were stored inside the dome room and fell into a 40-foot sinkhole that unexpectedly opened under the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • Since 1990, AAG has been the official appraiser for Carlisle Productions. Regularly hosts seminars relating to value trends at multiple annual Carlisle shows and events.
  • Interviewed for Strange Inheritance on FOX Business and for Motor Week with Pat Goss of Goss’ Garage. Subject and/or quoted in articles by CNN, Newsweek and Old Cars Weekly.
  • Market Value Research for Auto Appraisal Group® appraisals includes investigation of current market activity, sales, trends, comparable value analysis, and diminished value due to accident damage. Auto Appraisal Group® appraisal service determines the fair market value for insurance matters, gift requirements, estate and financial matters, misrepresented sales, legal matters and for consumers prior to automobile purchase or resale.

Looking for a certified car appraiser or a reliable prepurchase vehicle inspection? Auto Appraisal Group offers a nationwide network of certified professional agents to help with all your classic car appraisal needs, including prepurchase inspections as well as total loss and diminished value appraisals on your late model automobile. Established in 1989, Auto Appraisal Group has experience with all types of vehicles including antique autos, classic cars, muscle cars, exotic cars, custom street rods, kit cars, motorcycles, and late model cars. AAG appraised the Harold LeMay collection, which is recognized as the world's largest private collection. Find out what your car is worth. Have your vehicle appraised today - or look through our web site to see the many reasons why you will want to!


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Are you considering the purchase of a vehicle that isn’t in your area? Is it a classic car, an antique car or a street rod? Specializing in classic, antique and collector cars, AAG's certified vehicle appraiser can help you make an informed decision with a classic car appraisal so you can buy with confidence from a distance. Let AAG be your second pair of eyes on a local vehicle. AAG can assist you with a prepurchase inspection on any type of vehicle, including late model daily drivers.


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