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Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 129,272 according to the 2010 census. The 2011 United States Census Estimates put the city at 130,591. Columbia is the county seat of Richland County, but a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. The city is the center of a metropolitan statistical area of 767,598, the largest within the state. The name Columbia was a poetic term for the Americas derived from Christopher Columbus.  Located 13 miles northwest of South Carolina's geographic center, Columbia is the primary city of the Midlands region of South Carolina, which comprises several counties in the central portion of the state. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River. CNNMoney.com named Columbia as one of America's 25 best places to retire, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the city sixth on its 2009 America's Best Affordable Places to Retire. list.

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA), is the agency responsible for operating mass transit in the greater Columbia area including Cayce, West Columbia, Forest Acres, Arcadia Lakes, Springdale, and the St. Andrews area. CMRTA operates express shuttles, as well as bus service serving Columbia and its immediate suburbs. The authority was established in October 2002 after SCANA released ownership of public transportation back to the City of Columbia. Since 2003, CMRTA provides transportation for more than 2 million passengers, has expanded route services, and introduced 43 new ADA accessible buses offering a safer, more comfortable means of transportation. CMRTA has also added 10 natural gas powered buses to the fleet.

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"On a recent trip to an auto show Columbia, we ran across a group of older gentlemen who really became interested in what we do for a living. The appraisal industry and appraisers in general are really an unseen area of the industry...always needed, but mostly overlooked by insurance companies The process of going over these vehicles with a fine-tooth-comb was not lost on these men as they had seen the great depresion years first-hand. One man told how his father had purchased a truck for his business only to find that the seller had added things to the oil and other fluids to hide sounds of damage. Several days after the purchase, the truck broke down, and without the truck the business was lost.

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We had a great time with this group of men and actually landed a fleet contract from them as we had no clue they were rather well-off business men just enjoying the show. The cruise in the Classic 1967 Corvette later that evening was especially nice. Over a few drinks we talked about the experiences over the years and were complimented on taking our time with what appeared to be just a group of 'old guys' asking questions. They really rewarded our normal way of handling the day to day: treating everyone like they are our number one customer."

Here at Pinnacle we want our customers to feel that they understand the value and procedures involved. We take our time to make sure you understand the value of your vehicle, the issues we find we explain, and we take the time to offer advice: it's what we do at Pinnacle Auto Appraisers. Everywhere we go we tend to make really good friends out of our customers and generally pickup new clients through word-of-mouth: it's time to call and let us do the same for you.

We bring our expertise and experience to the table for large corporations as well as the little guy. Whether you are a group of buddies enjoying a car show, a fleet manager ready to dissolve and create a new fleet, or a corporate purchasing agent looking for appraisals: We can help value what you own.

If you live in Columbia, South Carolina or in the surrounding areas we offer certified auto appraisals on classic cars, fleet vehicles, lease turn-in, total loss, diminished value, stated value, pre-purchase inspections, charitable donations, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and more!  Please contact us today for more information.

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