Auto Appraisals by Liberty Limited

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Liberty Limited has over 50 years auto experience and has been a car collector for over 45 years.

Donations - 8283 IRS1 - Divorce - Estates - Probate - Bankruptcy

Note: We are listed on State Farm (Ca.) Insurance list of Value Appraisers.


$190.00 - Written Appraisal by Mail

Please send the following for a written appraisal:
  1. Appraisal request form (Adobe PDF)
  2. Photos of your Vehicle-Inside with doors open, engine, trunk-exterior, front, rear, each side
  3. Check or Money Order for $190.00 plus
    for 8283 attach $200.00 plus
    $40.00 mailing, tele. and misc. fees
    Extra copy $40.00
    FedEx Mailing - $40.00 Extra or more
    All fees payable to: R.G. Harris
We will provide you with
  1. Our Qualifications
  2. Written Fair Market Value Appraisal

Old Cars - Grades #1 thru #6 Explanation

Please Note!Appraisal service is based in New Braunfels, Texas. Prices range from $225 to $295 depending on the Location of vehicle. Total Loss Appraisals are extra. Call for Prices.
Call for an appointment or E-Mail to:
1 -The 8283 Form requires we know what official non-profit organization will be receiving this item. Their full name, address and Federal ID Number is required. Fees for this service for 8283 forms start at $200.00 and up. Contact us for an exact fee schedule.


    Appraiser's Qualifications

  • Automobile Industry for over 50 years.
  • Appraiser of automobiles to determine value from 1954 to present.
  • Licensed California Dealer #00102 1966 thru 2006. Previously out of state Ford dealer for 14 years.
  • Licensed California Vehicle Verifier #005638 1983 to 2006.
  • Appeared in several arbitration cases before umpire representing a client to determine the total loss value.
  • Collector Car owner - prior 45 years.
  • Reasearch value guides and other standardized material is used in the appraisal of vehicles for the determination of value.


    Old Cars Price Guide - Grading Descriptions

  1. Excellent:
    Restored to current maximum professional standards of quality in every area, or perfect original with components operating and appearing as new. A 95-plus point show car that is not driven. In national show judging, a car in No. 1 condition is likely to win top honors in its class. In a sense, it has ceased to be an automobile and has become an object of art. It is transported to shows in an enclosed trailer, and, when not being shown, it is stored in a climate-controlled facility. It is not driven. There are very few No. 1 cars.
  2. Fine:
    Well-restored, or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original. Also, an extremely well-maintained original showing very minimal wear. Except for the very closest inspection, a No. 2 vehicle will take the top award in many judged shows, except when squared off against a No. 1 example in its own class. It may also be driven 800-1000 miles each year to shows, on tours, and simply for pleasure.
  3. Very Good:
    Completely operable original or "older restoration" showing wear. Also, a good amateur restoration, all presentable and serviceable inside and out. Plus, combinations of well-done restoration and good operable components, or a partially restored car with all the parts necessary to complete it and/or valuable NOS parts. This is a "20-footer." That is, from 20 feet away it may look perfect. But as we approach it, we begin to notice that the paint may be getting a little thin in spots from frequent washing and polishing. Looking inside we might detect some wear on the driver's seat, foot pedals, and carpeting. The chrome trim, while still quite presentable, may have lost the sharp mirror-like reflective quality it had when new. All systems and equipment on the car are in good operating order. In general, most of the vehicles seen at car shows are No. 3s.
  4. Good:
    A drivable vehicle needing no, or only minor, work to be functional. Also, a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration. All components may need restoration to be "excellent," but the car is mostly useable "as is." This is a driver. It may be in the process of restoration or its owner may have big plans, but even from 20 feet away, there is no doubt that it needs a lot of help.
  5. Restorable:
    Needs complete restoration of body, chassis and interior. May or may not be running, but isn't weathered, wrecked, and/or stripped to the point of being useful only for parts. This car needs everything. It may not be operable, but it is essentially all there and has only minor surface rust, if any rust at all. While presenting a real challenge to the restorer, it won't have him doing a lot of chasing for missing parts.
  6. Parts Car:
    May or may not be running, but is weathered, wrecked, and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily for parts. This is an incomplete or greatly deteriorated, perhaps rusty, vehicle that has value only as a parts donor for other restoration projects.

Liberty Limited Appraisal Services
1716 Oak Wind, New Braunfels, Texas 78132
Telephone: 830-632-5664 - E-mail:

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Last update: 4 September, 2013

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