Reasons to have your vehicle professionally appraised:

When the value of your car is more than the book value


Reasons to have your vehicle professionally appraised

To verify or document restoration and customization work


Reasons to have your vehicle professionally appraised

Claim settlement: If the insurance company offers less than what your vehicle is worth and it has been deemed a total loss


Reasons to have your vehicle professionally appraised:

Divorce or Bankruptcy- Hiring an independent appraiser will be in your best interest to determine the value of any vehicles involved


Reasons to have your vehicle professionally appraised:

Donation/Gift: The IRS requires an appraisal for any substantial gift to charity or eligible museum, etc.

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Jim Schneider is the classic and custom car go-to for appraisals in the San Luis Obispo area. Jim has owned his Auto Appraisal Network franchise since 2008, but has been in love with cars his whole life.  He bought his first car in 1958 and hasn’t been able to stay away from them since. 

Jim is a genuine car guy and has built more than 100 custom vehicles in his lifetime. It takes someone with Jim’s experience to accurately appraise classic, collector and custom cars in order to place the correct value on it for insurance purposes, after an accident, for legal reasons like divorce, bankruptcy or probate cases, and for obtaining financing for vehicles over 20 years old. 

  • Classic, custom and collectable vehicles.
  • Late model and pre-purchase appraisals.
  • Replacement Value
  • Fair Market Value
  • Prior to Loss Value
  • Diminished value
  • Estate Valuations
  • Donations
  • Pre-Purchase Inspections
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Legal Disputes 
Jim is a regular at many local, regional and national car shows and can assist you with appraisals for buying and selling as well. When you have a vehicle that needs appraised, contact Jim Schneider for fast, friendly and accurate service in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding communities.   

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Auto Appraisal Network of Ventura provides professional appraisal reports for agreed value insurance policies, diminished value claims, financing, divorce settlements, bankruptcy, estate planning and pre-purchase inspections in North Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis, Obispo and Kern Counties. 

Jim Schneider

San Luis Obispo, California 

(805) 551-1553





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out of 62 ratings

Motorcycle Appraisal - by Ruben Ramirez, 05-22-2021 19:05:09

4.13 / 5 stars

Jim appraised my 2003 Harley Davidson RoadKing. He was very polite, professional and extremely friendly. He was very knowledgeable and knew exactly what was on my bike. He even took the time to look at a classic truck I had just purchased and gave me some tips on classic vehicle insurance. Jim sent me a email of my appraisal and sent a hard copy to my residence. I was happy with his appraisal and quality of his work.

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Pre-Purchase Inspection - by Deborah Gilson, 07-21-2020 17:07:41

4.20 / 5 stars

Jim Schneider was beyond helpful when I landed on a Nissan Juke NISMO I fancied. I sent the vehicle's link to Jim for a bird's eye view. He inspected the engine, brakes, paint and Seller's Description. What he noticed from his professional standpoint was worth its weight in gold. Although I find navigating this so-called man's world is no small feat, with Jim's assurance I felt secure.

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Norton appraisal - by Dave Burnett, 09-24-2019 21:09:29

4.20 / 5 stars

Jim appraised a 1970 Norton Commando for me. This was my first experience with a remote purchase (Cal to Fl). Along with a detailed appraisal Jim provided a very helpful opinion of the seller. Great help for peace of mind on a remote sale. Jim is a professional. Confidently recommended.

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Auto Appraisal - by Timothy Wall, 03-12-2019 17:03:59

4.23 / 5 stars

Mr. Schneider was a joy to work with. He arrived promptly to my house and gave a thorough review of my vehicle. It was a bit of a curveball as the car is not sold here and has very few comparable examples, but he did his due diligence and research to determine a fair replacement value. If you need an appraisal in Ventura County Jim is the guy for you!

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Car Appraisal - by William Flavin, 10-22-2018 09:10:52

4.20 / 5 stars

Jim appraised a 1969 Roadrunner for me in Ventura as I was not able to see the car myself. He was extremely thorough and gave me an honest review. I bought the car and received it in the condition Jim said it was in. Jim is as meticulous as I am and his work shows it. I recommended Jim to anyone looking for a fair and honest appraisal. Thanks again Jim!

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- by Julie Kelly, 10-27-2017 04:10:26

Thank you for your extremely responsive work.

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