appraisals are worth less than the paper they are written on. check kelly blue and there are others so do a search on this site.
you'll even see differences in value if it's a private party or a dealer for the same exact car.
check car pricing guides [kbb] and others
ask for pictures, everybody has a digital camera
look at certain areas like the drivers seat for wear areas. look for po receipts for proper maintence etc: if the car hasn't been maintained it may not be worth 38 dollars if you're going to be putting another 3 grand in it
and the last go look at ebay prices that should be a comprehensive guide of national pricing.
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