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Old Oct 15th, 2020, 10:09   #1
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The Amazon estate i bought from a dealer in South Africa has been waiting for the DVLA to give me a registration which has now happened UCA716D.

Hopefully collecting next week as the importer is giving it the once over prior to my drive home (about 100 miles).

I have insured with Chris Knott and need to get a agreed valuation. Does anyone know who or how i can get this done.

Thanks in advance and i'll upload some pics when i get it home.
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Old Oct 15th, 2020, 11:38   #2
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Welcome to this forum!

Congrats on your acquisition!

If you need a statement of value for the purpose of insuring it, I'd visit a garage intimately familiar with the Amazon (maybe your lucky and that outfit who does the vintage Volvo videos on YT is near you...), and have them evaluate your vehicle, write a statement of value, and use that in negotiations with your insurer.

The Amazons are great, if not already familiar with the weaknesses of this model, which develop after this long, I recommend taking advantage of those who have gone before you who have learned about and addressed them..installing a Momentary Start Switch to prevent Ign Key breakage, see: ), also depending on year of the car, and type of Brake Light Switch installed, checking Brake Light function often, see: I invite you to check out other tech articles which cover some of the subtle issues which come up after 50+ years (those darned Volvos just don't last!).

Enjoy your Swedish oldie, and Cheers!
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Old Oct 15th, 2020, 12:25   #3
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If I were you I'd contact the insurance company you wish to use, I don't know for sure how it is in the UK any more (been gone a long time) but here in Holland some insurance companies are picky about who does the valuation. Last time I looked here in (little) Holland there were two competing bodies.

It is a shame to spend money on a valuation only to be told by the insurance company that the valuation isn't the right kind.

In the good old days - back in the day - some UK insurance companies would agree a fixed value on the basis of photographs under a limt of what ever it was but I have no idea if that's still the case.


Be wary about use of classic vehicles. Some policies won't insure you if you go to work in your classic for example. Classic cxar insurance has gone really picky - as for many other insurance situations it seems like the game is "not pay out if you can"...
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Old Oct 15th, 2020, 13:53   #4
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I have agreed values on three classic cars:~ two Volvo- one Riley.
Bishop Calway-Peter S Taylor.

Straight forward and all they required was a full description plus photographs of all the car-Exterior-Interior etc.
Most company's will have the car market values on file and I believe that Hagerty is used:~
you can do the same for further guidance.

Recently made an adjustment to the Riley cover as the market had changed and it became under insured- again the above procedure used without any problems.

As previously advised I would avoid paying for an independent valuation until you know what the Insurance requirements are.
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I had an agreed value with my insurers, Peter James Insurance, but the mechanic who serviced my Amazon felt I was underselling myself and advised to get in touch with insurers to increase agreed value, confirm that if anything happened to my car I would be able to buy it back and that the cherished Reg. No. would continue in my name.

They sent me a Specialist Vehicle Form which I completed and sent off a number of pictures of the car and Peter James fixed it. Easy.

Good luck with your car.
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Good point regarding the "Buy Back" terms:~ the company I mention also includes this within classic car cover.
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The only comment that I have is to echo Army's point about contacting your insurer and finding out whether they have a requirement or a preference for who does the valuation. I have agreed value insurance for my 142 and the insurance company was very specific about who they would accept a valuation from.
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