Auto Vehicle Appraisals Credentials.

Your appraisal is only as good as the appraiser doing it.  As a seasoned and professional classic vehicle appraiser and lifelong car guy involved directly in the automotive industry, I offer the following credentials as to my qualifications.  I have no conflict of interest from buying or selling cars.  All of my appraisals involve detailed research on actual auction results, vehicles for sale and paper valuations from such sources a Old Cars Price Guide and NADA.  Actual sales of similar vehicles always offer the most accurate figures.  Samples of my work are available upon request.

My name is Denny Stehr and I am a Certified Vehicle Appraiser for the International Vehicle Appraisers Network ( headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia.  I am one of a large group of certified appraisers throughout the United States who are hobbyists and collectors in the field, all with a background in the automotive industry and many with some very impressive credentials.  I have been a car guy all my life and am very familiar with all aspects of the motor vehicle, including drivetrains and engines.  We are all required to be National Judges with the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and we have the unique ability to network amongst our group should we run into any unfamiliar situations.

While I consider myself an extremely knowledgable individual on muscle cars, my knowledge and experience extends to all types of vehicles, including muscle cars, classics, street rods, restomods, semis, trailers, tractors, motorcycles and anything with wheels.  My appraisals have included vehicles such as the average street driven machine to mid six figure classics.  Parts and collectables are also within my expertise.  My appraisals are very detailed, include photos, and should not be confused with any independent, handwritten appraisals as supplied by many appraisers out there.  I do not buy or sell cars for a living so "conflict of interest" does not exist.  They are well researched and will hold up should the need arise.

Credentials for Denny Stehr

  • Certified Appraiser for the International Vehicles Appraisers Network (nationwide association) since 2006. Involved in continuous, ongoing training through our corporate headquarters in Chesapeake, Virginia. Required to be re-certified yearly.
  • My appraisals are accepted by insurance companies, banks, credit unions, IRS and Courts of Law (expert witness, etc).  Have received excellent comments from insurance underwriters and agents.
  • Senior Master Judge for the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).  Actively involved in their required specialized, on-going training on Vintage and Collectable vehicles and judging national car shows.
  • Experienced speaker on vehicle pricing trends at AACA National Meets.
  • Personally involved in the hobby of the collecting and restoration of several muscle car era vehicles, along with deep involvement of the collecting and restoration of several mid sixties Honda 305 motorcycles.
  • Life long car enthusiast, owning my first car at age of 15 (1957 Chevrolet) and owning numerous rare muscle cars over the years.
  • Began employment with Champion Auto Stores in 1970, at the age of 21, selling auto parts to the retail public.  Worked in, owned and operated a small chain of these retail stores and was actively involved for 36 years.
  • Club affiliation with the following national clubs:  Antique Automotive Club of America (AACA), National Street Rod Association (NSRA), National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), Goodguys Car Club and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) along with membership to several Twin City Metro car clubs and organizations, including the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA).
  • Instant national networking ability of any questions arising on any appraisal through our nationwide pool of expert and qualified appraisers, many specialized in their own field of interest and many with very impressive credentials.
  • Experienced in “Expert Witness” testimony cases regarding vehicle valuations in a court of law.
  • Consulting expert on aftermarket accessory pricing for replacement cost appraising used on some Custom and Street Rod appraisal methods (36 years in the retail aftermarket parts sales business).
  • Life long Corvette enthusiast, owning many Corvettes over the years and serving as president of the Hiawathaland Corvette Association in the late 70’s.  Actively involved in the hobby of drag racing in the late 60’s and early 70’s, winning numerous 1st place trophies at Minnesota Dragways, racing a combination of Camaro’s, GTO’s and Ford Torino Cobra’s.
  • Very knowledgeable in all areas of the automobile, gaining a vast amount of knowledge working front line in my retail Champion Auto franchises for 36 years, diagnosing problems for walk in “do it yourself” customers.
  • Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Concours d'Elegance lead judge, 2013 thru 2017.

Important Note: Vehicle appraisers are not required to be licensed in 49 of the 50 states.  Credentials on vehicle knowledge are extremely important to obtain an accurate appraisal.  Also be aware of "conflict of interest" in an appraiser.  As with anything, you usually get what you pay for.