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Old 08-23-2021, 07:32 PM
seagull seagull is offline
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: San Bernardino
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Default Aircraft bluebook for RV-12 E-LSA

Does anyone have a source to look up the value of a -12? My property tax bill is valuing mine at $8,000 more than I paid for it 1 year ago and I have added 200 hours to the engine / airframe. I don't know if they are in error or not. I can file an appeal for $45 but that might be a waste. That is my reason for the bluebook question.

AOPA Vref does not cover "E"-LSA. Online aircraft bluebook does not have "Vans" listed.
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Old 08-23-2021, 07:37 PM
Bob Y Bob Y is offline
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Location: Piedmont, SC
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I gave our tax assessor my insurance hull value as evidence of my perceived value for my aircraft. They accepted that value.
Bob Y - builder 12iS E-LSA
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Old 08-23-2021, 09:12 PM
DHeal DHeal is offline
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Location: Windsor, California
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I think that many assessors do not understand the various types of RV-12s that are in use: ELSA, EAB, non-standard engine, factory-built SLSA, etc. The assessors likely lump all of the various RV-12 values together and come up with average valuations. The tax assessor people are not generally aware of such important market factors and may not be aviation savvy. When I submit the annual tax status form I endeavor to make clear the exact type of RV-12 I have as well as a clear description of the current used condition of the aircraft (e.g., engine and airframe times, exterior, interior, avionics, etc.). Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't -- YMMV.

Ps -- Bob Y's suggestion above may be a useful addition.
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EAA #23982 (circa 1965) - EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor; CFI - A&I
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