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Who we are

I’m David Van Hattem, founding CEO and senior appraiser. We offer a good price for professional quality appraisals. We can do appraisals to assist in purchases, to get the best results for an insurance claim or during a bankruptcy or divorce. We are licensed, credible and highly qualified to appraise a variety of vehicles and other assets. We have:

  • Served as expert witnesses
  • Appraised more than 10,000 vehicles and other assets
  • Have been in the appraisal and vehicle business for more than 30 years
  • We work for you, not the insurance company

David J. Van Hattem Bio (Company Founder)

David J. Van Hattem has always been a competitive and ambitious athlete and entrepreneur. He was raised in Chicago and went to Bloom High school in the Chicago Heights area. In high school, he played football, golf and was a distance track athlete. He went to college at Ferris University in Michigan where he participated in ROTC and earned his Associate’s Degree in Business. The first business David started was a Propane gas distribution center named Protane Inc. Also, as a young man, Dave was a Pro Am Waterski instructor.

Throughout high school and his early twenties David developed his mechanical inclination and abilities in the Auto Industry, initially as an apprentice Fabricator and later as a journeyman.

Dave relocated to Las Vegas in 1970 where he began working for Community Chevrolet and learned all phases of the business; selling, marketing and finance. In 1975, he began his journey into the world of appraising cars, trucks and boats. All of these experiences in the auto industry contributed to his:

  • Ownership of dealerships of his own
  • Founding of the first auto auction in Las Vegas.
  • Certification as an Appraiser in 1986
  • Appraisal of more than 10,000 vehicles and homes including cars, trucks, boats and manufactured homes.
  • Being hired by lawyers as an expert witness for probate, divorces and conflicts with insurance companies.

In the 1980’s, Dave challenged himself to complete his last two years of college. As an adult student, he achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1986.

David Van Hattem is an upstanding member of the American Legion, the Optimists Club and Toastmasters and completed the Dale Carnegie Course. Being the compassionate person he is, Dave has recently become certified as and Intravention Counselor for Drug and Alcohol Abuse; He travels to the families homes and conducts sessions there.

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Company History

In 1980, RENTEX Financial Corp., an independent ownership and dealership financial company, was formed. This included the Las Vegas Auto Auction and Spring Valley Mobile Home Park and Sales, dealership for manufactured housing.

Las Vegas Auto Auction was located on 5 acres on Boulder Highway and was successfully operated from January 1980 to 1984. It closed when the property was sold to the State of Nevada for the completion of U. S. 93/95 Interstate.

From 1980 to 1995, RENTEX small auto dealership on E. Sahara Ave. was successfully sold and it financed many types of vehicles.

From 1980 to 2002, Spring Valley Mobile Home Park included 200 homes and is a successful venture because we offered in-house financing. The Mobile Home Sales division bought and sold over 5,000 homes in two states. Many new lines of products and special arrangements with large financial companies like Citgo, Greentree and major banks make our mobile home community a conduit between repossessions and finished sold product due to great management.

Together as AADvantage Appraisers since 1996, we have been invaluable with diminished values after repairs on cars of value for court testimony, bankruptcies, and divorces in over 10,000 cases. In addition, we are able to value “Special Interest and Muscle Cars”, for the protection of the principals; with the extreme increase in value of the last decade it’s so important to keep updated on values. We operate Nationwide.

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Diminished Value

How much value has your vehicle lost?
Don’t let the insurance company tell you. Ask the experts at A Advantage Appraisers. We will give you a professional appraisal and provide you with the documentation you will need to get the compensation you’re entitled to.

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