Classic Car Pre-Purchase Inspections
With over 32 years of experience we make sure, that you won’t get a Lemon!
We provide you with an exhaustive inspection for your dream car.
Serving the greater Los Angeles and Southern California area – for farther inspections, please contact us!
What can we do for you?
Written individual pre-purchase inspections instead of check boxes!
Mobile Inspection, we go where the seller is!
We show you the details which could lead to costly repairs
We check the history of the vehicle, so you get what you paid for!
Through the whole process we will stay in touch with you
If you need help with shipping, we can help you with that as well!
Here is my story... I picked Mike's name out of the web to do a Pre-Purchase inspection on a Porsche 996 Turbo. As with everything that comes out of the internet, I had to approach with caution. I am not the type of person that is comfortable picking names out of a hat and depositing my full trust immediately. I am an engineer by trade and see a lot of technical misinformation out there so I tend to be a bit skeptical about everything in general. I realize it is also part of my personality. In case you are wondering I also don't believe in snake oil treatments. ;0) Mike was very diligent in responding to all my emails in a timely fashion. I even had a fairly long phone call with him before I made up my mind to hire him to do the inspection. I had many questions myself about the process. Mike answered all of them and gave me a lot more additional info of what he knew about the 996tt model specifically and what to look for. Mike was very professional about every aspect and did what I considered a very thorough inspection. He even went out of his way to secure a Porsche compatible ECU reader to ensure that there were no over rev issues. This was very important to me and he made it happen. He also has additional equipment (borescope) he uses to look inside the engine for signs of wear. He called me immediately after he finished his inspection and went over everything on the phone. He made sure that he answered all my questions and made sure that there was nothing else that I wanted him to check for me while he was there. His report was not full of fluff nor did it have a bunch of fancy colorful graphics. It was what it needed to be. A concise well written summary of his findings with a bunch of supporting pictures identifying all the deficiencies. He also gave me his assessment about price for the vehicle and his opinion on whether it was a good purchase of not. I never felt that he was after anything else other than to look out for my best interest. In the end Mike may have been the best money spent. The car ended up being in serious deferred maintenance. I walked away from it and continue on my search for the right car. If I ever have the need to inspect another car in California I know that Mike is the right person for me. I highly recommend him to anyone needing his services. Without hesitation I can now say that Mike EARNED my trust. I think others should know since picking names out of a hat isn't always fun!
- Luis S, Fort Lauderdale, FL
A++ I couldn't recommend Mike enough. I'm new to the classic car game and needed someone with knowledge and a good nose to look at a classic car that I was interested in purchasing. After contacting Mike, he set out what he would deliver in - a detailed report, lots of pictures and a description of the driving experience. I couldn't go to see the car myself so I was really relying on Mike to provide me the information to make a good decision. Mike called me 10 minutes after the inspection and gave me a thorough initial assessment, later that same evening (after traveling back 2 hours home) he contacted me again and talked me through every single aspect of the car, over 70 pictures from the paint job, rubber seals, gas tank, under carriage, rust problems, console, electrics, engine, mirrors EVERYTHING. So, although I ended up passing on the particular car I feel like I dodged a massive bullet and saved myself thousands and thousands of dollars - no kiddin'. Now Mike is helping me find my dream car and I feel much more confident my money will be well spent.
- Bernie S. - San Jose, CA
We just bought a Porsche 964 C4 ´91 convertible with the help of Michael from Carlifornia Inc. He helped us to find the car online and drove with us to the car dealer who offered the Porsche. When we arrived there, he inspected the car in detail (including history, rust, thickness of the car finish, underbody, oil leaks, test drive, motor check , any many, many more other things - even the dealer was impressed how much he cared and checked). I am quite interested in cars and technical stuff, but I would never have been able to evaluate the car as Michael did it. After his inspection, he discussed all details with us (me and my wife) and explained us the deficites of the car (which were all only minor points). He also explained us, how much it would be to repair those items and if it is really necessary to do it right now or later. So we got a very good overview of additional costs, too. Finally he discussed the prize of the car on a very professional level with the car dealer and that was absolutely great! He had so many reasons, why the prize has to be reduced, that we finally got a unexpacted great offer for the car! We never would have gotten this low price without him! To buy a classic car, I really can recommend to get Michael´s help and expertise. Of course, it costs some money, but it is defenitely worth the investment (expecially if you look in the future). Michael is an absolutly nice, honest and thrustworthy guy and also offered us his help regarding all future questions about the car. Great service! We are very happy we found him 🙂 He also has a pretty cool website carlifornia.net and is also present on facebook, where he is posting regularly cars. So check it out and find your dream car 😉
- Sebastian W, Hamburg, Germany
Mike just helped me sell my 1978 Porsche 911SC. He was incredibly knowledgable and professional, and got the job done in an efficient and timely manner. He never wasted my time and only brought serious buyers to see the car. Thank you, Mike!
- Martha S. - San Francisco, CA
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