Memory Lane Automotive services
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26 years in business
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Hi, My name is Ed and I am from Belgium, I am a classic car fanatic and I buy 3 to 5 cars from the US yearly an have been doing so for the last 15 years. I have had good experiances and also very very bad ones were a car was sold to me based on photo's dating back 10 years. Since that experiance I have decided to never ever buy a car that I could not see myself and if not possible to have an inspection done on the car. Now you have inspections and inspections. There a lot of companies out there doing so called Inspections. Recently I decided to buy a Austin Healey MKIII of 1967 which appeared in resonable condition, but how can you judge when you are in Florida and the car is in California. also the car would be shipped from La directly to Europe and I would only see it for the first time when I collect it from the port. We all know these cars can be big problem cars, they were made in England. After a lot of research I dcided to use a company called Memory Lane run by Maurice Mentens. They are not the cheapest out there but I can assure you they are the very best and wortg every penny they charge. The amount of photo's you receive is quiet unbelievable every inch of the car is put on photo and you can study it at ease and ask all the questiond you want,. Maurice having restored many cars himself knows were to look and what to show you to enable you to make a perfect opinion on the car. He works on a scedule established in advance and keeps his promisses on the dates agreed also I think the guy never sleeps because he answers all your E-mails within hours. The written report is christal clear and the defect are very clearly mentioned. If i was to rate his servives it would be a 10 out of 10 and I will most defenately use him again without any hesitation, he is the best I have ever used, believe me.I know.Jan 6, 2015
Dear Maurice, Thanks so much for the prompt and thorough inspection of the 1959 Thunderbird I wanted to buy. You did the job promptly and professionally, sending me nearly 100 photos and an informative report. You photographed hard to reach areas of the car that I'm sure I wouldn't have thought to look at myself. You proved that a car may look great from 10 feet away (or in web photos), but loses a lot of its charm when the trained eye points out the many subtle flaws. In particular, you pointed out the problems with the quarters which convinced me that the car fell short of its advertising. I appreciate your saving me from a $40,000 mistake!!! John Bessich, Huntington Station, NY. 1959 Ford Thunderbird ConvertibleJan 7, 2012Verified
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Because I hunted for exotic cars in the US my overseas clients always wanted to have EXACT descriptions of the cars I found for them before they bought them. Those were the very first Pre Purchase Inspections I ever did, now more than 25 years ago. Once I moved to the US most of my clients are still very remote so I have to be very precise in what I put in my Reports.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Full blown Pre Purchase Inspections (PPI) where a remote client wants to find out EXACTLY what a seller is offering. As an independent contractor I stand between the two parties and give a very detailed, dry and very technical rundown of what problems the buyer can expect from the car. As a follow up I offer an escrow service so people run less risk to become the victim of a scam. I'm sorry to say a growing percentage of cars offered are far from what the seller discloses....
- Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?A 1968 ($115,000) Shelby Mustang Convertible was sold through eBay but the (New York) buyer did not trust the pictures the seller sent him. The seller wanted a $5000 deposit to seal the deal but the buyer hired me and sent me the $5000 to hand it over to the seller after I saw the car. When I got to the Long Beach address I found a pawn shop, the owner told me he DID have that car inside but could not give it out because there was a $50,000 loan against it. After more investigation I found out a pawn shop employee set up the eBay auction and had collected several ($5000) deposits for the same car. I was able to save the buyer a lot of money for something he would have never received!