Certified Auction Inspection Service

Now that most vehicles are sold through Online auction services, RawAutos Auctions has teamed with the industry's leading vehicle inspectors through Carsonline.com's Inspection Referral Service.

We have cultivated this process to increase buyer confidence and awareness, allowing full transparency with regards to your future vehicle purchase. 

Each time you buy a new car, it has to go through a pre-purchase inspection at the dealer. Obviously, privately sold vehicles are as-is, where-is with no guarantees. RawAutos Auctions, in an exclusive relationship with Cars-On-Line, offers a peace of mind through our vehicle inspectors evaluation of Certified Auction vehicles.

Never before has it been easier to get a vehicle inspection or auto appraisal done. When you are dealing with online vehicle purchases you need a vehicle inspector to act on your behalf. Remember, with Certified Auction Inspection Service you get both a vehicle appraisal and inspection.

RawAutos Certified Auction vehicle inspection and appraisals have changed the way cars are sold on the Internet. Cars On Line's network of inspectors makes it easy to get an independent analysis of the condition, safety and quality of the car, truck, or street rod you are thinking of buying. Our contractors are inspectors who are not affiliated with any sales organization. Their loyalty is to you the buyer. They are a disinterested third party.

Cars On Line has standardized the process of inspection and appraisal so that you get the same type of service anywhere in the United States or Canada. Our inspector generates a four-page report on the vehicle. You also get a standard set of photos to document and verify your vehicles condition. Plus each inspector is asked to take photos of anything he finds that is not right on the car, i.e. pitted chrome, bubbles in paint, rust in trunks or on frame etc. Click here to see a sample report.

As part of every report, we give you an appraised value of what the vehicle is worth.


Certified Auction Inspection Service FAQs

Q. How Does It Work?

A. Our inspector will contact you to set up an appointment for the vehicle(s) you want inspected. You will receive a four-page report complete with an appraised value and supporting photos. You will receive the report via email usually within 4-5 business days.

Once the Inspection(s) is complete and you have your copy of the report you will be eligible for the Certified Auction designation. This allow the buyer to bid with absolute confidence that they will receive the vehicle that has been described in the Certified Auction Inspection. Certified Auctions allow for up to 25 pictures and the Inspection report to be uploaded to the Certified Auction listing. Your vehicle will also be featured on the Home Page of RawAutosAuctions.com in our scrolling Ad at the top of the page.

If sellers are not cooperating, our inspectors note that on the report. That's always a bad sign.


Q. How Long Does It Take?

A. Reports Take About 4 Days

We want to ask prospective clients to give us appropriate time to set up the appointment and to inspect the vehicle. Most inspections are set up within a couple of days. However some orders will take between four days and up to a week. We do not guarantee specific time frames to complete orders. Variations in time may be due to cooperation from owners and weather conditions.

Reports and photos are usually emailed for fastest delivery of the information. However we can also fax or deliver by regular mail (takes longer.)

Use the online Place Order form.

Provide the following

  1. name, address, and daytime phone number of the person selling the vehicle or his agent.
  2. the year, make and model of the vehicle to be inspected and any special issues you want us to investigate.
  3. your name, address, phone number, and Visa or Mastercard information.


Q. Are Inspections Available Everywhere In The U.S.?

A. Cars On Line has a network of contractors in the United States and Canada. We can provide inspection services in many large metro areas of the country. Often we can cover nearby rural communities also for an extra fee to cover time and mileage.
Currently you will be able to use our services in most areas.


Q. What's The Cost?

A. Our base rate for inspections and appraisals is $300. Our base rate applies in most of the large metro areas where we have coverage. Rural areas that require extra travel may also include extra mileage charges.

Compare our rates to traditional appraisal companies! Our low costs are making inspections more affordable. More vehicles are being offered for sale now through the Internet. But often those cars are too far away for you to physically inspect yourself. And you CAN'T afford to lay down your hard earned money on a car sight unseen.

That's where the Cars On Line inspection service comes in. Most of our inspectors are ASE Certified Technicians or Certified Appraisers who do these inspections every day. We also use classic restoration shop technicians who have a good knowledge of building collector cars. These technicians can tell you if the electrical system has been jury rigged, if body panels are hung improperly, if a cylinder is popping oil or if a body mount is rusted out. These types of repairs could drop the car from being rated as a No. 2 condition car to a No. 4 condition car. That could be the difference of $20,000 or more.

We will also take digital photos of the vehicle and deliver them via email.

The Cars On Line Inspection Referral Service can allow you to take advantage of those great deals on the Internet. Although we will not find every problem with every car, we will help you determine the proper condition class to rate the car in, and in so doing you will know what price range the vehicle actually belongs in. When buying over the Internet, the buyer is taking on all the risk. Most people use our service for "peace of mind."


Q. Are Appraisals Included?

A. When you have your vehicle inspected, the appraisal value is part of our inspection process. And it’s included in the price of the inspection service.

Most appraisers will charge you $450 and up for a classic car appraisal. And they do not give you a written report on the technical-mechanicals of the car. They are concerned only with the value, not whether the rear seal is leaking or a cylinder is popping oil.

When you think about what the Cars On Line Referral Service offers for your "peace of mind" alone, you have to admit, its a great value for a basic price of just $300.

Our inspections/appraisals are welcomed by major insurance companies and banks because our inspectors are accurate in valuations and very specific in technical detail. If you are using the Cars On Line inspection report for a lending institution, be sure to ask for a separate appraisal letter to give to your bank.



Please read this disclaimer before placing an order. When placing an order we will ask you if you have read this disclaimer. When you click the submit button or place an order over the phone you are agreeing to the terms of this disclaimer.

Cars On Line does not do the inspection for you. Cars On Line is a broker that facilitates the completion of your inspection. It places the inspection with an independent inspection service or contractor in the area where the car is located.

The Independent Inspector provides a visual inspection of the car. That statement is not meant to imply that we warranty the car. We simply give you a good visual report on the car. No warranty is implied or given.

We like to say that the Independent Inspector is like having your best friend look at a car for you when you can't physically look at the car yourself. It's the next best thing to being there. The Independent Inspector is working for the buyer in this instance.

We are dealing with cars that are 40 years old or older in many cases. If you contract for an inspection you must understand that the Independent Inspector will not find everything wrong on a particular vehicle. If a car has a leak that is not constant (often called seeping,) the Independent Inspector might not detect it. He will not find every problem on a car. Often these cars have far more bondo in them than can be detected in a visual inspection. What this service should be used for is to make sure that a car that is advertised as being in No. 2 condition is not in fact a No. 4 condition car. In other words, the Independent Inspector will help to determine if you are buying a car that was grossly misrepresented based on its condition class and purchase price. (See the definition of condition classes at the end of each sample report.)

The Independent Inspector simply inspects the vehicle. We do not counsel the buyer. We do not make recommendations on whether to buy a vehicle. As in all cases, the buyer makes his or her own decision on whether to buy a vehicle. We suggest that the best way to use the Inspection Service is to have the inspector look at a vehicle and issue the report. Then if the vehicle seems to be what was represented to you by the seller, make a final inspection of the vehicle yourself. Because we are dealing with 30- to 50-year-old vehicles, we do not warrant the condition of any vehicle. That means we will be happy to look at the car to see if there are any visible problems, but we are not providing any guarantees or warranties on the car.

Understand in advance that if you buy a car and you find something wrong with the car after your purchase, we will not reimburse any expenses that you are charged to fix the car. This is not a mechanical warranty. Neither Cars On Line nor any of its contractors will reimburse you for mechanical failures or body work you have done after the purchase of a vehicle.

Read the Sample Reports area of this page (click button in the left column of this page.) These sample reports are actual reports that have been done. They show the areas of the car which are visually looked at in the report. The report covers only those areas. Do not assume that the Independent Inspector will inspect anything other than the areas covered by the report form.

The report will tell you what the Inspector finds at the time of the inspection. Please understand that after the Inspector leaves the vehicle we are not in control of what might occur to the vehicle, nor do we have control of parts that may be on the vehicle at the time of the inspection, but taken off or switched later.

The Independent Inspectors that provide services throughout the United States are working for or themselves constitute separate companies or firms that provide inspection services. Those companies agree to provide inspection services in their respective states. Cars On Line is a Wisconsin Corporation that does business only in Wisconsin.

When placing an order, either by clicking the submit button or by phoning the order in to our office, you are agreeing to the limitations of this disclaimer.