MICHIGAN AUTOMOTIVE INSPECTION SERVICES
Michigan Automotive Inspection Services offers industry-leading automotive pre-purchase inspection and appraisal services throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and beyond. We specialize in comprehensive and professional inspections of all types of collector cars, including late-model cars, trucks, classic cars, and exotics. Our clients include automotive enthusiasts and collectors all over the world, insurance companies, financiers, museums and dealerships.
MEET THE OWNER
John Hansen is the owner of MAIS. John has been an automobile and motorcycle enthusiast for over 30 years and has personally inspected and appraised classic cars located in seventeen states across the US for his clients all over the world. John's clients rely on his experience and expertise to confidently buy a classic vehicle, sight unseen, from hundreds or thousands of miles away. He has been formally trained in a variety of different aspects of classic vehicle maintenance and repair, including engine building, auto body and paintwork.
John has prior work experience as an automobile salesperson and dealership inventory specialist. He has also worked as a business consultant for a local automobile repair facility.
John has owned a number of various vintage automobiles and motorcycles over the years and has completed and been a part of numerous automobile and motorcycle restorations. His background in restoration includes American and British vehicles and multiple award-winning antique Japanese motorcycles.
John has a passion for all types of automobiles and automotive history, with particular interest in American Classics of the 1930's-70's, British and Italian vehicles of the 1950's-1980's, American Muscle cars, and modern-day Classics from Europe and Japan, from the 1990's.
John has worked countless automotive events and shows over the years, including among others; The Mad Dogs and Englishmen British Car Show, The Red Barns Spectacular, and the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. He has been active in local amateur motorcycle and automobile racing and auto-crossing at area racetracks throughout Michigan. He has many years of experience as a car show judge, including serving as current chief judge for the Red Barns Spectacular. He is also a member of the Education Committee for the Gilmore Car Museum. He belongs to a wide variety of car and motorcycle clubs including the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club, Mad Dogs & Englishmen British Car Club, NCRS, SAAC, and the VJMC. Most recently, John was hired as a technical consultant and creative advisor for a promotional film produced by a local media firm for the Gilmore.
With previous courtroom and trial experience, John has provided expert witness testimony and defended his appraisals in litigation involving classic cars, successfully helping to secure judgments for his clients.
John loves to write about his adventures on two and four wheels, check out his work here. His writings have been published in the recent book 'Classic Car Adventures' by British author Richard McCann, and his articles about the classic car industry have also been featured on MSN, Yahoo, and Motorious. He is also the creator of "Sales Ad Saturday", a popular weekly series that uses vintage automotive advertising to recount important moments in automotive history. John is also occasionally featured as a guest on The Richard Piet Show.
On the seldom occasion he's not arms deep in an old car, John can most commonly be found league racing 1/32 scale slot cars on the club track at the Gilmore, ripping around area race tracks in his MX5, playing one of a number of old guitars hanging on the walls of his home, and most recently, club racing Hobie-Cat sailboats.
Since starting the business in 2015, John's passion for his work, extensive knowledge of automotive history, intense attention to detail, and insights into today's classic car market and industry make Michigan Automotive Inspection Services the best choice when having your next classic vehicle inspected. Call us today to set up your next vehicle inspection!
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With my 1990 Honda VFR750
With automotive journalist Peter Egan at Mr. Egan's home in Wisconsin
Next to a '69 Ford Mustang inspected for a client
With my restored 1976 Honda CB400f
With my favorite Corvette at the Gilmore, a '63 Z06 pre-production prototype
Preparing for time trials in my restored/modified Rupp-Dart kart
Lapping Grattan Raceway in my Miata
To learn more about Dr. McCann's book, 'Classic Car Adventures'
Preparing to put an F430 through its paces at Gingerman Raceway