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Re: Older Yale Safe?

Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on March 04, 2008 at 04:29:49:

In Reply to: Older Yale Safe?
posted by
Mary Camacho, CA on March 03, 2008 at 16:16:47:

Chances are much better your safe was made by a company other than Yale. Yale did make a very few safes, but did so long before UL labeling testing was done.

Your safe more likely has a Yale lock, the same way a Chevy can have Goodyear tires without being a Goodyear safe.

Hard to know what you have without a maker's name, but the UL labeling refers to a fire safe originally rated for 2 hours' protection for papers/documents against fire damage.

As for general questions about what it's worth, much depends on whether you will deliver it to the prospective buyer or if you expect the propsective buyer to pick it up and remove it for you.

One way to start the valuation is to find the price of a new safe of equivalent UL rating (today the equivalent would be "350-2") and of roughly the same size, then figure 40% to 50% of that price (at best) for a private sale. Don't expect that much from a dealer. If the Yale lock is the original lock it tells us your safe is at least 50 years old.
Ken Dunckel

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