Australian Valuers Institute membership

WE Specialise in the valuation of:

  • Cars valuations

  • Family Law valuations

  • Imported Vehicle valuations

  • RV's, Motor Homes, caravans

  • Pre-accident Valuations

  • Insurance Claim Disputes

  • Commercial Vehicle valuations

  • Motorcycle valuations

  • Classic / Veteran / Vintage Vehicles

  • Trucks / Trailers / Mobile Machinery


When you contact us for a valuation we inspect the vehicle at your home or office at a convenient time including after hours & weekends. The valuation certificate/report is then delivered, e-mailed or faxed to you within 24 hours.

Motor Vehicle Valuations in Melbourne

Motor vehicle valuations

Imported vehicles valuations in Melbourne

imported vehicle valuations

Pre-accident Valuations in Melbourne

pre-accident valuations

Truck and Trailer Valuations in Melbourne

TRuck & Trailer valuations

Motorcycle Valuations in Melbourne

Motorcycle valuations

Mobile Machinery Valuations in Melbourne

MOBILE Machinery valuations

Family Law Valuations in Melbourne

Family law valuations

Classic, Vintage and Veteran Valuations in Melbourne

classic, vintage & veteran valuations

Motor Homes and Caravans


Car Valuations in Melbourne


RV's and 4WD Valuations in Melbourne


Luxury Cars Valuation in Melbourne



We value all makes and models, including commercial vehicles & motorcycles.
Unlike "price guides" our valuations take into account market conditions and any unique features, modifications and the condition of your particular vehicle/s.


Impartial valuations for family law purposes with adherence to the strict guidelines of the Family Law Rules & the Australian Valuers Institute (AVI). Our valuation certificate  includes a report to support the basis for the valuation. Our service also includes if necessary, the signing of affidavits before a qualified person which eliminates the cost of an expert witness court attendance.


Because your car or motorcycle was not sold new in Australia we are able to value it at far less for customs duty than it's Australian equivalent & the resulting "Customs Value" can be as low as 50% of the actual Australian Market Value of the same car. Australian Customs Services require all privately imported vehicles to be valued by an Independent Approved Australian Customs Valuer. Also if you are contemplating importing your vehicle to Australia we can assist by giving you a free estimate in advance. In this case we would need a description of your vehicle/s. For any further advice please contact us.

We value vehicles at all arrival ports in Australia.


If your car was involved in an accident & your insurance company or the other parties insurance company declares that your vehicle is a "Write Off" or a "Repairable Write Off" & offers you an amount which is less than the amount you insured it for or the cost of replacing it, we can assist by inspecting & valuing your vehicle & giving you a replacement cost at the time of the accident i.e. the amount you should receive to replace your vehicle for one in a similar condition.


Agreed value valuations are generally required when an insurer or a client requests an independent valuation of a vehicle that has more value than ascertained by reference to a price guide for whatever reason, modification, added equipment etc.


The Carnet de Passages en Douane is an internationally recognized customs document that entitles the holder to temporarily import or export a vehicle to another country for a period of up to 12 months without the need to pay the appropriate customs duties and taxes on arrival in that country.  A Carnet valuation is required for most transcontinental journeys and you must obtain one in advance of the journey.


These collectible vehicles are now proving to be great investment & many are being sought by overseas investors.    We are experienced in valuing these vehicles & owners are now having them re-valued for insurance purposes & re-sale.


We understand that you need to use these vehicles during business hours so if convenient we can come to your place of business or home to inspect the vehicle/s after hours including weekends.


Many Insurance & Finance Companies only use “Local Price Guides ”for valuations of their client’s vehicles which do not take into account the current values of many classic, collectors, & imported vehicles which have been selling at auctions world wide for record prices.

We are experienced at valuing these vehicles bringing the sum insured & in the case of a vehicle to be financed up to date with their current values.


With over 40 years experience in buying, selling and valuing motor vehicles Gerry Connolly our Managing Director/Valuer can assist by inspecting the vehicle of your choice that is located in the Melbourne and metropolitan area and give you advice and adetailed written report. This is a service that those clients who live interstate or country Victoria really appreciate as they don’t have to waste time and money traveling by plane or road to see a vehicle that has been advertised.

Also a good idea for those clients who live in the Melbourne / metropolitan area and are a little unsure of a potential purchase. Please call or e-mail Gerry for further information.


Gerry Connolly, our Valuer & Managing Director certainly knows a thing or two about car values. He commenced his career in 1972 as a cadet salesman with Kevin Dennis Motors, the largest Used Car Dealership in Australia at the time.

In 1974 he was promoted to Valuer / Buyer, then to Sales Manager of the Balwyn branch in 1975, then General Manager and in 1977 he advanced to a Director of the company.

In 1982, Gerry resigned his Directorship to buy a 50% share in First Auto Wholesalers, a thriving company buying and selling in excess of 100 vehicles weekly to the trade including, Trucks, RV’s, & Classic, Vintage & Veteran vehicles. Also importing and selling prestige cars from the UK and importing new vehicles from the USA and converting them to Right Hand Drive and Australian standards.

Gerry's role as joint Managing Director was to oversee the buying and selling of the vehicles always having a hands-on approach. In 1994 he sold his share in First Auto Wholesalers & bought an existing used car dealership in Prahran, adding a new Citroen franchise & Commercial Vehicles to the dealership. The company was renamed Connolly's Prestige Cars.

In 2000 after 28 years in the business and many requests for independent car valuations and truck valuations, he decided to add a new business & named it First Vehicle Valuers.

What is my car worth? or what’s the market value of my car? These are questions that Gerry gets asked all the time.

His extensive range of clients include lawyers needing valuations for family law matters, corporation valuations for buying or selling their vehicles, shipping agents for valuations for the Australian Customs Services for imported vehicles, truck owners as well as clients needing valuations for pre-accident and insurance disputes, vehicles in restoration, Classic, Veteran and Vintage vehicles, Mobile Machinery and Motorcycles.