After dreaming about owning a vintage Corvette for many years, I finally committed myself to turning my dream into a reality as my 60th birthday beckoned. I devoured articles, forum posts and the like to develop a baseline knowledge of what I had in mind - a driver-quality, un-restored original (as original as possible), well-documented LT-1 C3. It was clear to me that whatever knowledge I gleaned via self-study, I'd never be knowledgeable enough to make a sound decision on a car to buy without the expert advice of someone who knows these cars inside and out. Some online research led me to VetteWork. The team at VetteWork was generous with their time when we first spoke and I felt their expertise was precisely what would be needed for me to (i) avoid making a colossal mistake and (ii) ultimately make a good choice in purchasing my dream car. Over a period of 6 months, I retained them to review some detailed online listings and give me his reasoned opinion of whether each car merited a visit/inspection (none of these cars did by the way) - money exceptionally well-spent IMO. I learned a great deal from each of their reviews and gained increasing confidence that when I found "the one", with aid of their expert advice, I'd be armed with the knowledge to make a sound decision. Nearly 6 months from the day of our first conversation, they inspected a car that spoke to me in ways that no previous example had. That car turned out to be "the one" and with their expert advice, 6 dozen up-close photographs and a detailed written report plus encouragement, I went from tire-kicker to 1972 LT-1 owner - a car in exactly the color combo with exactly the optional equipment that I'd have ordered from my local Chevy dealer had I been old enough and with sufficient $ in my pocket 50 years ago to do so. My purchase will arrive in my driveway any day now. I cannot recommend VetteWork highly enough. Buying a vintage Corvette is nothing like buying a new one so best that you proceed with a healthy degree of skepticism, knowledge and confidence that your vintage purchase occurs only after you've performed the best due diligence possible - and VetteWork is the one I'd advise you to engage to conduct that due diligence.
-Stephen Sherman, Bethesda, MD
The team at VetteWork are wonderful Corvette experts. Their knowledge is impressive and extensive. I would not have even considered purchasing a Corvette without having them inspect it and evaluate it first. Their written and oral report back to me was thorough and practical. Moreover, they were incredibly patient and flexible in coordinating their schedule with that of the seller. I recommend VetteWork and their services without reservation or hesitation.
When I decided to seek a C3 Corvette, I knew I needed an expert in the field to perform a pre-purchase inspection and I did a web search and quickly found VetteWork. After reading their online description of services offered, and speaking with the owner, I decided this was exactly what I was looking for. When considering spending several thousand dollars for a car I am unfamiliar with, it is only logical to enlist an expert to assist the buying process.
I retained them to help me weed out cars that seemed promising, but turned out to be less than the glossy sales ad indicated. Money well spent, I'm sure saving thousands in costs to rectify their deficiencies.
In the end, I found a car that seemed to check almost every box I was looking for. Based on their inspection, I decided to purchase this car and am very happy with the entire process.
I highly recommend VetteWork and using their expertise will end up costing far less in the long run. Money well spent.
-Allen D Watson, GA
Even though I consider myself a "car guy", I knew I needed some truly expert advice and guidance on finding the right C2 Corvette for me. I also knew that I would want a true Corvette expert to perform a pre-purchase inspection before I bought a Corvette from anyone. I found VetteWork online, reached out, they phoned me, and we established a pleasant consulting relationship. They took the time to help me focus on the hunt and the selection process, advise me on the cars on my short list, and make initial contact with sellers to determine more details that helped narrow down the selection. Ultimately, they performed a pre-purchase inspection on the 65 327/365 that we had settled on, and I now own that car! My dealings with VetteWork have exceeded my expectations, and I would highly recommend their consulting service and inspection to anyone looking for a classic Corvette. They have been responsive, reliable, educational, and professional in all of our dealings, and very reassuring to have on my team while hunting for the right Corvette for me! I look forward to working with them again soon when I start my hunt for my next collector Corvette!
-Erik Haakonsholm, Vancouver, BC
Well first off Vettework are the best corvette experts I have ever met. No need to call anyone else. I started my journey looking for a fully restored C1 fuelie and after a few calls with sellers and reading about all the fraud with corvettes now I knew I needed help. I had found what was described as a fully numbers matching 57 fuelie at a well known dealership. I talked them they told me all the right things and I got excited. I found Vettework, hired them and they called them. They knew who Vettework was and after the call Vettework found out it wasn’t numbers matching and used to be a race car and most of the clips had been replaced. They wanted a lot of money and I would of bought it if it wasn’t for Vettework. Saved me 10’s of thousands of dollars. Then we searched and searched for cars with me calling or texting multiple times a day. After months and months of searching and with Vettework helping me every step they and I found the perfect 59 fuelie that they looked over for a half a day and authenticated. Now I have probably one of the finest 59’s in the USA that scored 98.4% at the last NCRS show. I would of never ended up with this car without them. Just a great team that knows more than anyone in my opinion. You would be stupid not to hire VetteWork. You will either call them before you buy or call them after for them to testify at your hearing when you file a lawsuit for buying a fake car!!!
-Dave Coffin, Chicago IL
Contacted VetteWork... great description of the process... great response to my schedule... did a complete and thorough report on my car and reported the results swiftly by phone and many pictures, written report followed the next day…very pleased and I bought the car!
-Phil Reneau, MI
VetteWork are the consummate professionals in an industry where one is truly needed. Like many who are looking to buy a classic Corvette, I was trying to define what I really wanted as my search began. From start to finish, they not only gave me great insight, they took the time to educate me on what was best for my needs and interests. They helped me understand what drives value, what I should expect to pay for certain features and how to avoid fraud, which can be rampant in this arena. In the end, I ended up with a '67 Convertible in the perfect color combo, price and profile for my needs. As it was being loaded off the truck I realized I never would have done it comfortably without their expertise. Their professional consultancy was money well spent.
-Bill Fandel, Telluride, CO
I was looking for a 65 /66 coupe. I contacted Vettework for advice on looking for a car, once I found one I was interested in, they took the time to ask what were the most important things to me in a car. They then completed a comprehensive inspection and took me through the car very carefully. The attention to detail, professional and no -bias approach, and advice was THE main driver in my decision to purchase the car. I feel it was money & time well spent, as I feel I made an good decision based on expertise advise and research. I would highly recommend using Vettework.
-Bob Layton, Grayslake, IL
I had a 66 Corvette Coupe when I was 21, and approaching my 60th birthday, my wife says, "you've been talking about that Corvette you sold for 30 years, and you just need to go buy one". I started looking through online and paper ads trying to find a car that met my specifications, a good original vehicle in driver condition. I've been in the car business for 43 years and have bought and sold many thousands of cars. With all this experience and training, I was ill-prepared to make an informed buying decision on a vintage Corvette. I feared getting a bad car that I would regret and ruin the experience. Three years ago, I had spoken to VetteWork with the idea that someday I would get another Corvette. Fast forward, and last week I found a car that appeared to fit all my criteria. I called Vettework, and we completed the customer agreement, and they called the customer. They were thorough with the inspection and had a great rapport with the car's owner. The car checked out and is on a truck headed the 3,000 miles to me. It was a win for everyone.
Here are the takeaways from this experience:
The fee is minor compared to the cost of making a mistake.
No matter how much you have read, you can't compare it to VetteWork's experience. I know exactly what I bought, including authenticity and the way it drives.
The car's owner liked the Vettework team, and having a happy seller is a big deal. You can't put a price on peace of mind.
I highly recommend contacting VetteWork in advance of searching for your car.
-Bill Steeley, Kirkland, WA
I was referred to VetteWork by several long-time members of the Corvette Forum, and after trying to find a reliable person to-do an inspection on a car 1,400 miles away from me during the craziness of 2020. They were prompt to respond, and walked me through the inspection process. Upon completing his initial inspection, they gave me a phone call de-brief giving their general thoughts and summaries which were sent along with notes as to what I was looking at, and the pros/cons of many components. I cannot overstate how thorough they were in the inspection, and their communication to me. Using verbal, photo, and written reports, I ultimately felt comfortable enough to make a deal on the car - which without their expertise would have been near impossible. Thank you so much, and cannot recommend Vettework enough.
-Vincent B., Greenwich, CT
My son and I were looking for a C2, not just any C2 but a Split Window. We knew would need an expert to help. Well, we found that and more with VetteWork. Using their service and expertise we avoided what could have been a costly mistake. They say third times the charm and for us it was when we located a very nice C2.
By working with Vettework, we learned a lot of what to look for. Their experience and knowledge are top notch. If you are in the market for a classic Corvette, I would highly recommend them. They are down to earth, a very good communicator and most importantly they KNOWS vettes.
-Rob Johnsen, Hudson Valley, NY
Working with Vettework was money well spent. I wanted a C1 Corvette but knew very little about them. I still have a lot to learn, but in about 5-6 conversations with them I knew enough to know what I wanted. Right off the bat they consulted with me to avoid a situation that would have been a disaster purchase. On the 2nd car they consulted with me on I was able to strike a deal. They were patient with all my questions and they are truly passionate about what they do. I can't recommend them highly enough. A decent quality C1 is not cheap, but I felt their advice was reasonably priced for the quality of expertise that they provide. I hope to use them again in the future and feel fortunate to have them help me in my quest for my first C1.
-Ben Catlett, Knoxville, TN
Vettework recently worked with me to help me find and purchase a 1967 big-block Corvette. I have been buying and selling classic cars for over 20 years (pony cars, muscle cars, etc.), but this was my first Corvette purchase. Working with Corvettes is different than working with other car types - there are so many more opportunities to make a wrong decision without expert help.
I used more than one of their services. Vettework helped me with the auto inspection, engine stamp certification, and trim tag verification; they even helped run down a few good cars to consider. Because of their help I was able to discover a fake trim tag on one of the cars I had found. Their inspection saved me, literally, tens of thousands of dollars! The car later sold to someone else (and that buyer could have been me)!!!!
I am now the proud owner of an all original 1967 silver pearl big-block convertible!!!!!! If you are truly in the market to purchase a classic Corvette, there is no better money spent than inspection and verification services with Vette Work!! They are worth every penny - trust me!!
-Eric Taylor, Louisville, KY
There are Corvettes and then there is the correct Corvette. I was looking for a true ‘69 big block with factory side pipes. For nearly three years I searched for the car with Vettework looking at several examples for me. With their judging experience and extensive database of engine pads, we were able to find a car. I would have been lost if it were not for their help and worse yet, bought something I shouldn’t have. I’m already thinking of the next car and will be in touch with them again. Thank you Again.
-Jason Wells, Savannah, GA
Vettework provided great insight and feedback on my potential purchase. They are a regular guys who give straight forward advice, regardless of your budget. Vettework also provided a negotiation strategy that yielded a purchase price within budget. I would highly recommend.
-John Imhof, FL
I found Vettework through their advertisement in “The NCRS Driveline” newsletter and I’m very happy that I did! They inspected a 1970 LT 1 convertible for me, which it looked perfect in the photography, and it turned out to be a hot mess! They not only saved me a lot of money by not purchasing the car, but also saved me the personal disappointment with their counsel concerning the car. I was determined to find a 1970 LT1 convertible and they actually found one in Texas that turned out to be the “real deal”. Upon their counsel about the car I purchased it and look forward to many years of enjoyment. I will always use VetteWork for any classic corvette that I intend on buying. Their expertise and thoroughness is well worth the cost! Thank you!
-Brad Sullivan, NC
I really enjoyed working with Vettework as I looked for the Corvette I wanted to purchase. They were very professional, helpful, and easy to work with. They are extremely knowledgeable, very thorough, and knows their stuff!! They patiently answered all of my “neophyte” questions, and I learned a lot about the classic Corvette world while I was working with them. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who is looking for a classic Corvette. The peace of mind is well worth the reasonable cost!!
-Gene Brown, Madison MS
Buying a collectible car was one of the toughest decisions I've had to make in a long time. So many factors go into the decision and there's so much room for error or bad judgement. I engaged VetteWork, to perform a PPI on a '65 Coupe with the rare L78 engine. They were easy to engage. They explained the process until I was comfortable and completed a thorough assessment. They followed up with a detailed report. More importantly, They called me and talked through the entire inspection. They provided great detail and opinion on the good and less good aspects of the vehicle. They talked through the quality of any original, rebuilt or restored components, and made recommendations on things to worry about or not worry about. They provided guidance on things to consider for the car’s future. Vettework also offered to stay in touch if I had any additional questions. I've since had a couple followup questions. They were both accommodating and helpful. They helped me mitigate the risks, and informed my purchase decision. I've been very happy with the car, and could not have done it with VetteWork. Thanks!
-Troy Fitchett, VA
I contacted Vettework to check out a 57 Fuelie I was thinking of buying. Pictures looked great, price was rightr. Vettework definitely helped out the situation. Price was fair and they did a very good inspection, tons of pictures and very thorough write up. In the end I did not purchase the car as there were just too many things that were wrong that were not presented up front by the seller. Well worth the money spent. Thank you!
-Norris Harward, Dublin CA
Cannot say enough about, or recommend more highly, Vettework for the tremendous support they gave in my effort to purchase a classic corvette. Their insights and availability pre-purchase, during purchase, and post-purchase were invaluable. We spent a great deal of time discussing just what I was looking for and what I should expect as I began my search. Not only did I find what I consider to be exactly what I was looking for, but by the third car, I didn't even feel the need to see it myself - I trusted Vettework knew exactly what I wanted and they certainly delivered!!!! Perhaps even more valuable in helping me find the right car for the right amount of money, they clearly helped me avoid making two bad decisions on cars I probably would have purchased had I not had their inspections and opinions.
Vettework will make sure you know everything you need to know about the car and help guide you on what the right money is for the car. Thanks!!
-Jared from Ontario, Canada
I contacted Vettework to help with my first Corvette purchase. They were patient and generous with their time in listening to what I was looking for in a C2. After we spoke they provided me with numerous sites for the search. I identified several cars to consider. They first contacted the parties to vet the Vette (no pun intended). After several follow up conversations their feedback was key in identifying THE car. They also provided guidance with the price. After inspection they promptly called me with the good news that the car lived up to expectations. The follow up report was thorough. I’m now the proud owner and want to express how much I appreciate and value their expertise. I highly recommend them to anyone embarking on a similar journey.
-Cary Buxbaum from Chicago, IL
I was looking for a driver quality, 67 Corvette that was mechanically sound and worth the money being asked. I contacted VetteWork for the following reasons: 1) This was my first classic car purchase and I wanted someone I could trust to do a pre-purchase inspection 2) I did not want to overpay for a car 3) I did not want to purchase a car with serious mechanical issues. They inspected two cars for me. The first one was a mess and not worth the money they were asking. Based on their findings, which I wouldn't have found myself, I passed on that car. The second car was much better and based on his report, I purchased without visiting it myself because I trusted his findings. They are very easy to work with, very thorough and a great source of information. I would recommend them for an inspection of a Corvette based on thoroughness, knowledge and ease of working with.
-Hartley Clay from Fredericksburg, Texas
I contacted Vette Work to inspect a '65 Corvette coupe that was for sale at a car show. The car had been frame-off restored only 10 years earlier, looked beautiful, and was priced right. I so wanted to pull the trigger on buying it, but knew that I needed an expert to examine it first. They spent some time looking over the car, and over the course of 30 minutes, discovered some crucial details that I might not have ever spotted. First, they pointed out that the doors didn't fit very well, but noting that many original cars emerged from the factory that way, they investigated further...and discovered that a member supporting the front clip of the car was not original, and that a front body panel was not original as well. Looking further, they then discovered that one of the left motor mounts had been completely sheared off and then re-welded. Other details they discovered painted a final picture of a beautiful car that had unfortunately been in a very serious front end collision. If it had not been for Vettework, I would have ended up buying that "accident car" with ill fitting doors! Their expertise turned out to be crucial to me in navigating purchase of my first vintage Corvette.
-Jim Erickson-Nepomuceno from Herndon, VA
I was looking for a driver quality, 69-70 vette that was mechanically sound. I contacted VetteWork for the following reasons: 1) This was my first classic car purchase and I wanted someone I could trust in my corner 2) I did not want to overpay for a car 3) I did not want to purchase a car with serious mechanical issues 4) Vettework has expertise specific to classic corvettes; therefore, they understand what's real, what's original, and what's a problem. They was very easy to talk to from the start. While I'm certain they is very capable of talking way above my head about these cars they communicated on my level and kept my objective in mind while reviewing cars. They were also responsive to my emails and phone calls and has a ton of helpful advice along the way. Their inspection was thorough and the written report, complete with pictures, was invaluable in my decision to purchase. It is also excellent documentation to have.
Hiring VetteWork, is by far one of the best investments I've made. They exceeded my expectations and I look forward to working with them in the future. You will NOT be disappointed.
-Steve from Easley, SC
My experience in working with Vettework was extremely pleasant from the jump start (no pun intended). I can't tell you how lucky I was to have found them and to have had the ability to tap their knowledge and skill when being in the market for my first collectible Corvette. They made me very comfortable that he was the right guy for the job when performing a pre-purchase inspection for the 63 Split Window Coupe which I went on to purchase solely on their recommendation and without ever seeing the car in person myself. Their reports were thorough and extremely accurate, I knew exactly what I was buying based on their expertise. No surprises...can't get any more value than that! Thank you, looking forward to working with you again soon.
-Bob Knox from Lido Beach, NY
After many months of searching for just the right car, I leveraged Vettework and their vast expertise to make the final selection. They reviewed cars on line and patiently answered every question I could throw their way. If there is anything that I have learned through this process, it's that you just don't know how much you don't know without someone of their caliber to guide you. I highly recommend Vette Work and will never consider another purchase without their involvement.
-Jeff from Alabama
Vettework’s experience and credentials are unsurpassed. They are by far the most knowledgeable Corvette experts I have ever met. The specifics in their inspection far exceeded the level of detail I expected. It's hard to exaggerate how through they are in every aspect of review. They didn't miss a thing. They is also very responsive and flexible in terms of scheduling. Based on their survey, I purchased the 1966 Corvette, big block convertible with complete confidence. I cannot recommend VetteWork highly enough and would use only them for any future classic Corvette needs. Well worth the very reasonable fee. Besides everything already said, it's just a pleasure to talk to them about Corvettes.
-Norm Dascher from Rochester, NY
Thanks to Vettework! I had a chance to buy an engine for my '67 coupe. Being in another Country, and not wanting to buy a 50 year old engine 'sight unseen', It was great to have Expert eyes on the subject. They responded to my inquiry on a Sunday (!) and had a look at the engine within 1 business day. (luckily it was located near them) They validated the seller's claims (to the extent possible on a static non running engine) It turned out to be the real deal!
Thanks also for your follow up advice. All the best!
-Mike Lee from Vancouver, BC
Nothing can be said that has not already been said in other testimonials. VetteWork was right on the money with their advise. They were professional and patient. They always returned my phone calls and were specific in their answers. You guys saved me money on the restoration of my corvette and I sincerely thank you. What more can I say?
-Dan from Connecticut
I wanted to reach out and thank you for working with me on the appraisal that I needed. With all of your help I was able to get the insurance that I needed to protect my investment. I shot your info over to a couple of friends of mine. Expect some calls. Again, thanks for your professionalism and your expertise.
- Jim from Tulsa
When i called Vettework i was full of questions. Other so called experts lead me down some expensive paths that cost me money. After speaking with the guys ove there i explained to them what my problem was with my vette. They took the time to answer my questions, did some research and called me back when they said they would. I was really shocked at the level of service that i got. I really appreciate it.
- Roger from Kansas City
We flew "a God send" down to inspect a corvette before we purchased it. To say he was extremely thorough would be an understatement. I mean I had to stop him and ask him to dumb it down even more for this old man. Needless to say, VetteWork has my full confidence and trust.
- Arthur from Texas
I knew that restoring my corvette was going to be a task. I just didn't know how large of a task it was going to be. I hired Vettework to help us out in providing direction, advise and their many years of expertise with show cars. Glad I did. I was able to save money by heading their advice, yet at the same time produce my dream car. I thank the team at Vettwork all their hard work.
- Matt from California
Thank you for helping us with some of our questions. We really felt like you were part of our "big adventure" when getting started with our first Corvette purcase. We did not even know where to begin. You helped us every step of the way. With as much time as we talked, I really feel like you are part of our family now. Or at least our "car family". LOL
- Paul from Minnesota
Holy Cow - I am impressed. After talking with a few others I am glad I decided not to use their services. You totally blew me away with the list of things you told me I needed to think about. I purchased your corvette consulting services as others did and I must say that it was worth every penny. Call me next week so we can get it appraised once everything is completed.
- Mark from Indiana
We have worked with Vettework several times in regards to getting an inspection and an appraisial. Now we are consulting on a new purchase. I can say with full confidense that we will not use anyone else for any of our corvette needs.
- John and Nancy from Oregon
I highly recommend the guys from Vettework. They were knowledgable and friendly. Most of all they helped me get what I needed for my car. I will call them again someday soon.
- Gabe from Florida
Huge help you were. I really appreciate your time.
- Tim Gabbins from England