Why P.A.V.E ?
An Ontario Court
Judge has stated that "T-Shirt vendors in Toronto are better regulated
than Paralegals". To paraphrase the Judge, those "T-Shirt vendors
have, up to recently, been better regulated than collectible vehicle
appraisers". Until 1999 there was no formal regulatory and licensing body
for the vehicle appraisal industry. That left Consumers at the complete mercy
of anyone who chose to hang out their "shingle" and offer their
services as a so-called "appraiser".
In the Province of
Ontario, for example, many of these individuals who possess widely varying
levels of competence and integrity, have attempted to create an illusion of
competence in the minds of ill-informed Consumers as they advertised themselves
as being "Government Licensed" when in reality, there is no such
individuals were actually alluding to was not a license of competency, but
rather an Ontario Ministry of Finance "Registration Number" which
merely permitted these individuals to complete Ministry-supplied, single-sheet,
"check-off-the box" reports detailing such rudimentary information as
whether the vehicle had two or four doors, or whether it was equipped with a
standard AM-FM radio, or an AM-FM with cassette, in order to enable purchasers
of substandard motor vehicles to pay retail sales tax based on a lesser value
than that determined by the Ministry's previously recorded average of sale
values for similar vehicles.
appraisal industry's lack of regulation was attractive to those individuals who
were looking to operate with little or no ethics or credibility. In 1996 a
group of professional appraisers in Ontario decided that they could no longer
stand by and see Consumers being misled and defrauded, in one startling case
for an amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars!
This dedicated group
began the process of founding the industry's own self-regulatory organization
(SRO); known as the Professional Association of Vehicle Evaluators, or P.A.V.E.
thing more expensive than hiring a professional is hiring an amateur"
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