Vintage Car Inspection

Excellent for classic vehicles

Classic and vintage vehicles require extra attention. Have they been restored or modified, and at what level of attention to detail? Have they been meticulously maintained and serviced? If you need a classic car appraisal in Southern California, trust the experts at IMC Inspection.

IMC Inspection offers the Classic package because classics need a closer look in order to capture the true history and condition of this historic machine. This vintage car inspection is essential for any car collector looking for an extra set of eyes to offer an opinion. Whether you have a collection of vintage cars or it has always been your dream and you are finally acting on purchasing one, our automobile experts can help you. Generally focused in the Southern California area, we perform classic car inspections and appraisals, so you know what your car is worth if you own a vintage car and are trying to sell it, or if you are looking to buy. Vintage cars can be tricky to assess since the makes and models were made so differently than they are today. Our California car inspection experts have years of experience and are very familiar with cars that were made earlier than 1990, which is the age group that the classic car pre-purchase inspection focuses on. The Classic automobile check costs $349.99 and is worth it because of the attention to detail our car inspection efforts put into it. When it comes to our classic car inspections, we don’t cut any corners. We will meet you at the location of the car that needs to be inspected. We work hard to make this process go as smoothly as possible for you, so you can enjoy your dream car as soon as possible with the comfort of knowing its full value before purchasing. Contact us today with any questions about our California car inspection services!


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Classic Pre-Purchase Inspection Includes

Document review process

  • Title Status
  • Service and Maintenance Records
  • Document VIN Tag
  • Document Odometer Reading
  • Confirm Manufactures Data Label*, VIN Tag and Certificate of Title or Registration match
  • Search for Open Manufacture Recalls and Campaigns*
  • Ask the seller if the vehicle has been in an accident or major repairs performed
  • Car Check Report*

Body, Trim and Exterior Trim

  • Originality
  • Modifications fit and finish
  • Quality of aftermarket components
  • Exterior paint condition rating
  • Document post factory paint blemishes, cosmetic issues, environmental degradation, scratches, dings and dents
  • Body panel alignment
  • Post factory repairs (quality)
  • Headlamp lens, trim and glass condition
  • Impact strips, body seals and trim molding damage

Interior Trim and Cabin Functions

  • Originality
  • Modifications fit and finish
  • Quality of aftermarket components
  • Check for post factory wear and tear
  • Note scuff marks, holes, tears, stains, broke cup holder, switches and handles
  • System check all functions work, seats, belts, windows, locks, turn signals, lights, sound system cruise control
  • Climate control functionality and note any unpleasant odors
  • Check for signs of flood damage
  • Evaluate the overall condition of the interior given its age and mileage

Fluid Sampling and Charging Test*

  • On-Site Oil and Fluid Analysis – analysis of the fluid based on certified testing criteria that has been used in the laboratory environment for decades, radial planar chromatographic analysis.  The test is designed as an aid in determining the condition of the oils or fluids
  • On-Site Battery and Electrical System Analyzer Test – Using a patented conductance technology meter we are able to perform a battery and charging system analysis


  • Complete systems check of all electrically powered components
  • Instrument panel gauges
  • Power Sunroof | Convertible Top
  • Headlights, Rear Tail and Running lights, Turn Signal and horn


  • Fluid level check and fluid condition testing*
  • Check for Slipping
  • Check shifting abnormalities
  • Noises, clunks, whining and burning odor
  • Leaks


  • Check for impact damage
  • Note condition due to environment exposure
  • Does appear to have been off road
  • Driven on salt treated roads during the winter time
  • Scrapes or signs of bottoming out
  • Obvious damage to chassis
  • Post factory welds, repairs or modifications.
  • Signs of rust, corrosion or under spray
  • Inspecting wheel wells, rockers, lower rust prone panels

Suspension, Steering, Brakes and Tires

  • Excessive side to side play in steering wheel
  • Control arms, bushings and bellows
  • Rack and Pinion, Shocks and Struts
  • Braking abnormalities or veering
  • Check for abnormal tire wear, weathering or damage

Road test

  • An absolute must – We test drive the vehicle between 2-5 miles, noting any seemingly abnormal noises or driveability concerns.  We also assess the engines performance, steering responsiveness, braking confidence and transmission operation