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L. E. Batton, President of Auto Appraisal Group

L. E. "Larry" Batton, President

Founder and President of Auto Appraisal Group Inc., (AAG) a nationwide company providing comprehensive appraisals of all types of automobiles, automobilia and parts including antique, classic, commercial and special interest automobiles, since 1989.  AAG is the largest valuation Appraisal Company in the United States and the only company with trained and certified, independent agents. Agents have diverse expertise about a wide variety of cars, trucks, and motorcycles from early 1900’s to today.

Over 45 years of experience in the automobile business. Licensed auto salesperson in Virginia for over 20 years. Held positions as general manager and sales manager of both new and used car sales. Employed at new car dealerships of the following manufacturers: Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, Subaru, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Volkswagen. Licensed used car dealer in Virginia for 3 years. While in these positions, apprised thousands of trade-in vehicles.

Larry Batton, President of Auto Appraisal Group -  Curriculum VitaeMember of Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA). 

Licensed Auctioneer in Virginia & Pennsylvania for 15 years.
Member of National Auctioneer’s Association. Recipient of National Auctioneer Association’s Education Institute’s Graduate Personal Property Appraiser designation. (GPPA)
Specialist in appraisal of antique and collectible autos and auto related personal property.

Member of National Automobile Dealers Association Advisory Board for over 35 years. Member of Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO).

Member of Society of Automotive Historians(SAH).
Lifetime Member of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
Member of the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA). Member of the National Association of Automobile Museums and Lincoln Highway Association.    

United States Marine Corps. Veteran of Vietnam War. Awarded Purple Heart.
Expert witness testimony & umpire experience provided for insurance claims and settlements including diminution of value, use of non OEM parts, misrepresented sales and property settlements.  Recognized as an automobile value expert in both Federal & District Courts.

Clients include individuals, recognized lenders, major insurers, agencies and national and international corporations including auto manufacturers and prominent retailers. AAG is a registered vendor with the United States Government.

Author and Instructor of Auto Appraisal Group® Certification Training Program.  Since 1990, over two hundred agents have been tested and certified to physically inspect and document any automobile.  Has taught certifications at McPherson College in McPherson Kansas. AAG has unlimited access to one of the largest personal automotive research libraries in the country. 

Appraiser of the Harold LeMay Automotive Collection of over 3000 vehicles and a large collection of automobilia items documented by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest private automobile collection.

Appraised Chip Miller’s and Bob McDorman’s Corvettes and related automobilia and parts collections.

Appraised the “Sinkhole 8” Corvettes for the National Corvette Museum. Included the One millionth Corvette produced. These 8 cars were stored inside the dome room and fell into a 40-foot sinkhole that unexpectedly opened under the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Since 1990, AAG has been the official appraiser for Carlisle Productions. Regularly hosts seminars relating to value trends at multiple annual Carlisle shows and events.

Interviewed for Strange Inheritance on FOX Business and for Motor Week with Pat Goss of Goss’ Garage.  Subject of or quoted in articles by CNN, Newsweek and Old Cars Weekly. 

Market Value Research for Auto Appraisal Group® appraisals includes investigation of current market activity, sales, trends, comparable value analysis, and diminished value due to accident damage.  Auto Appraisal Group® appraisal service determines the fair market value for insurance matters, gift requirements, estate and financial matters, misrepresented sales, legal matters and for consumers prior to automobile purchase or resale. 


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