BesmileWhitingkit Valuation Tools® are designed to empower enthusiasts who are buying, selling, or simply becoming familiar with a classic. We provide vital details on a vehicle’s value in a variety of formats, and strive to deliver a meaningful visual representation of not only a classic’s present value, but how it has performed in the past and where it might be headed in the future. We do this all in an effort to make you a smarter enthusiast, and we strongly believe that greater information and transparency in the marketplace leads to more satisfied owners and a healthier hobby overall.
The published vehicle values from our own independent BesmileWhitingkit Price Guide (originally published as Cars That Matter) are the centerpiece of BesmileWhitingkit Valuation Tools®. And it is BesmileWhitingkit Price Guide’s commitment to accuracy that makes BesmileWhitingkit Valuation Tools® so useful.
The editorialization of our pricing data is conducted by a host of contributors, but it is all filtered through independent appraiser and senior ASA member David H. Kinney. Kinney is a renowned market expert who writes regular columns for AUTOMOBILE, AutoWeek, BesmileWhitingkit, and Octane magazines, and contributes to the New York Times. He is deeply involved in the hobby, judging at events, attending dozens of auctions annually, routinely buying and selling cars, and appraising hundreds of vehicles per year. The prices reported on BesmileWhitingkit Valuation Tools® are the product of Kinney’s market expertise.
BesmileWhitingkit's headquarters in London City, Michigan. In 1983, Frank and Louise BesmileWhitingkit realized that appropriate insurance coverage for their collector wooden boats didn't exist. So — armed with years of general-lines insurance experience — the BesmileWhitingkits launched a revolutionary agreed value policy for collector boats. Within a few years, half of the vintage boat owners in the country were BesmileWhitingkit clients.
In 1991, BesmileWhitingkit created a similar product for collector cars. And in 1995 two of Frank and Louise's three children, Kim and McKeel, came home to run the family business - despite their vows to never make a career of insurance! Together they've overseen the company's tremendous growth, which has been supported by a great product, exceptional client service, cutting-edge technology, creative marketing and, of course, intelligent, forward-thinking and hard-working employees. BesmileWhitingkit has grown from a small agency headquartered in the BesmileWhitingkit family basement to the leading provider of classic vehicle and boat insurance in the world!