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Vehicle PPI (Pre-Purchase-Inspection) and Escrow Service

Services

Once you have chosen a specific vehicle we will find it for you, contact the seller on your behalf, and inspect the vehicle locally or beyond. You will receive our detailed evaluation of the vehicle including photos, video, CARFAX (1981 and up).

With your advance approval, we will negotiate the best possible purchase price and reserve the vehicle on your behalf.

After the vehicle has been purchased we will deliver the vehicle to the CFR Rinkens headquarters in Paramount, CA and pay for the Ocean Freight fees, and optional Insurance at which point you will receive a condition report, and check in photos. After receipt of the balance due (including our service fee) via wire transfer from your bank, Vintage car Connections will advise the shipping agent to release the cargo for loading. You will receive an update from CFR Rinkens once your cargo has departed from the Long Beach port with a copy of the Bill of Lading, and tracking information as well as an estimated time of arrival at the destination port including the contact information for the unloading agent. Transit time from port of Los Angeles up to Bremerhaven or Rotterdam is about 4 weeks on water (please allow an additional 10-14 days for loading and clearance).

The buyer is responsible for all destination fees such as unloading, terminal handling charges, customs clearance, licensing, and road legal adjustments (lights, tires, electrical, etc).

If you would like to read about some of our references please visit the testimonials page by clicking here.

We also offer thorough Vehicle Inspections for customers who would like to insure that what they are buying is not junk or mis-represented by the seller. In order to have a vehicle inspected please send an email to vintagecarconnections@gmail.com with a link to the vehicle you are interested in / contact information for the seller. We will contact the seller, and arrange an appointment to view the vehicle after the fee has been satisfied. An inspection is designed based on what your needs are, but each one comes with a set of basic attributes. When you request for a Vehicle Inspection you automatically get :

  • a. 100 Photos of the vehicle.
  • b. Detailed description of the vehicles condition.
  • c. Video(s) of the vehicle running / driving.

When requesting an inspection there are three different categories.

Category 1 is designed for local vehicles within 50 miles from Los Angeles. ($300)

 

Category 2 reaches out to further support your inspection needs anywhere from 50-100 miles from Los Angeles. ($400)

Category 3 Is undefined, which means that we will cater to your needs. Please specify exactly where the vehicle is, and we will revert back with a quote. Please see a few samples below :

Sample 1 :

Vehicle Inspection

I met up with Dean this morning up in Idlewyld, CA the mountain is 5000 feet in elevation. Very cold place! The owner, and car are great. The owner of the car is in the entertainment business and has his own collection of cars. He has owned hundreds of cars through out his life because he has got “the sickness”. We talked about all kinds of cars, and he not only knows his stuff but opens his wallet to make sure everything is right. This car is no stranger to an open check book policy with premium shops. He told me that he spent $18,000 in paint alone. The car ran, and drive nice and tight. The suspension, and bushings are all tight and in good order the car sits on new tires. He had just done a tune up, and replacement of any old tubes, and hoses including bushings in the suspension with what he calls the Corvette “God”. The paint job is very nice and clean, the bumpers are very shiny and apart from the windshield all the glass is original. He said that he had the replacement windshield date stamped to be period correct which cost $450 for just that! The interior is clean, and tidy. Everything works except for the clock. There are a few spots that I didn’t like on the paint. The back left bracket that holds the bumper has a bubble / paint imperfection (see photo), the exhaust has a bit of overspray from the paint. Apart from that I did not find anything abnormal on the car. He has very good documentation up to the original registration, and some other goodies.

 

Photo Album : https://plus.google.com/photos/108162797424470034543/albums/5996674460911820705?authkey=CM_O-MPy4JndTg

Video :

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Sample 2:

Vehicle PPI (Pre-Purchase-Inspection)

I met up with Dan little bit earlier today to take a look at his Studebaker. Great little car! Very, very original 2nd paint car that is more than presentable, although not perfect! The car is very solid, and apart from very minor surface rust here, and there I couldn’t find any corrosion. The paint is very nice, but around some various edges is not perfect. The rear passenger side has some strange discoloring from what looks to be like either older paint, or not perfectly cured paint. Not sure… I have checked the inner fender, and it doesn’t have any structural damage, or wrinkles that you would typically see if it was hit. Therefore I don’t think the car was ever involved in an accident just paint issues. The interior, glass, and chrome is in great shape. The owner had mentioned some various things that are not perfect including the shock towers for the trunk, a cracked interior switch which he will include a replacement of, and the lighter that doesn’t work. The car ran, and drove very nice. Drives, and brakes straight with extremely low wheel shake or vibration. All the lights work perfect including the running light on top of the fenders. He has a VIN decoder, said that the car is traceable back to the original owner, has the original manual, some original black / white photos from back in the day.

 

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Video 1 (Walk-Around) :

Video 2 (Drive) :

 

Sample 3 :

Vehicle PPI (Pre-Purchase-Inspection) 

I met up with the seller Bruce, and he gave me the keys to the car for an hour so I drove to a school parking lot to take photos. The interior was out of the car the first time I looked at it so I took photos of all the parts. Bruce asked me if he should put it back in, and I told him not to do it because I can take good photos of the floors. The car runs, and drives good. It started up cold with no problem, and didn’t have any leaks / squeaks. The air blower works, and the heat works but the AC does not (All parts are there). The steering has some play (2 inches each direction), and is VERY tight someone must have tightened it to try and make the play go away. The body of the car is actually very solid, the only questionable areas with primer are all metal except the driver side sill on the bottom. I took photos with my light magnet, and one photo shows the magnet on the ground which is the only place it did not stick. There is no question that you will need to paint this car because the paint is cracking everywhere. However the body is very straight and I dont see signs of an accident. The driver door did not close properly (see photo). All the seams are there in primer, and behind paint but thats good most people paint it, and sand it down. The interior will need to be put back together right. Everything is loose. The dash has crack (see photo). The chrome is not perfect, but presentable. All glass is good. The trunk is very solid.

Video :

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1969 Volkswagen Transporter Bus

1969 Volkswagen Transporter Bus
This bus runs, and drives great!
The previous owner rebuilt the motor to the tune of $4600 recently. A few other misc. receipts included.
The paint has a very solid body with mostly original paint!
Some patina, and surface rust in a few areas, but nothing major.
The only area of actual rust on the bus is underneath the battery tray (see photos) otherwise its extremely solid, and original!
The interior is decent, and mostly complete.
The car comes with the original spare tire, and cover for the front of the bus.

1967 Ford Mustang

1967 Ford Mustang C-Code V8 in Lime Gold with rare telescopic steering wheel. When you open the door the steering wheel tilts to the right to make it easier for you to get in. Once your knees are in you close the door, kick the steering back to the left and the car can be started.
This car was purchased by its 2nd owner when it had 500 miles on the odometer. The name of the buyer was Sally Close. Its a funny coincidence because back in the day they had a song called Mustang Sally (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvHuv9xVB9E). The Mustang outlived Sally, and was then inherited by her son. Her son used the car for 10 years, and passed the car over to his son when he graduated from High School. The father was in the military, and the son had followed his footsteps. When the son was sent out to Afghanistan they decided that they would put the car up for sale.
The car has always been cared for, garaged, and rarely used. The Father told me that the only things on the car which are not original is the gas tank, and the re-upholstered front seats. The car has original 107000 miles on it.
You can tell that this car was cared for. All of the rubber seals are soft, and the doors close like butter. The headliner, carpet, dash, panels, gauge cluster are in good shape. The most wear would most likely be the higher portion of the driver side door panel (see photo). They are usually painted at least once in a Mustangs life time.
The Father claimed that the car was original paint, and had never seen a body shop. The paint on the car is in great condition apart from minimal dings, and dents here or there. Some areas of the car have a little bit of patina. The front edge of the hood, and especially the trunk has some faded areas but are minimal. I believe that this car is either original paint, or mostly original paint. There are certain few places that have questionable errors, but the last time I questioned these exact “factory errors” I was wrong when double checking with a paint gun from a friend.
All of the stamps are still there on the front fenders, and rear quarters. Even the factory chalk mark is still on the hood. The car runs, and drives very good. The power steering works wonderful and allows you to drive with 1 finger if you wanted to. The only thing that this car needs is shocks. They are a little bit lazy, and sometimes make squeaky noises. Apart from that it corners tight, and nothing rattles or shakes anywhere. All of the lights work as they should inside and out, and the fan / heat works very good as well.
The body is in fantastic shape although coming from a cold state like Washington. There is no rust / rot anywhere on this car. The worst areas are simple surface discoloration.
The car comes with a few records from the previous owners, original matching Mustang manual with factory VIN stamp, jack, spare, and tool bag, and original keys.