Each week we report on the most interesting and informative articles concerning auto diminished value claims. This article details the diminished value appraisal of a Mercedes-Benz E550 AWD Sport Sedan with 34,030 miles that was involved in a Left Front collision that caused $8,115.01 in damage. The vehicle was disabled/towed, had no structural damage and no air bag deployment. The claimant hired an independent auto appraiser and made a third-party inherent auto diminished value claim for the vehicle’s loss in value. Once a car is repaired after a collision, it is worth less, often much less depending on the severity of the damage. Regardless of how well the repairer did his job, nobody will pay as much for a previously wrecked car as they would for an identical one that was never in an accident. Presenting a diminished value claim and following it through to a satisfactory conclusion is a daunting task for the average person. Obtaining a comprehensive Diminished Value Report is key.
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We learned from these examples from sales managers at Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Washington and Oregon – One dealer said that generally around a 10% loss in value, it’s not going to hurt that bad if it’s mostly cosmetic as opposed to frame damage or anything like that, however it does vary and also depends what the market is doing. Another dealer, after we read off the repair estimate said with that you’re looking at closer to a 20% loss of value.
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The six dealers providing opinions regarding diminished value were given information specific to this vehicle including year, make, model, mileage, pre-accident condition, color, options, any other pertinent equipment, date of loss as well as the nature of the repaired damages and the manner in which the vehicle was repaired. Dealer opinions are based on personal knowledge and access to auction results. Dealers were advised that this vehicle was properly repaired.
We contacted several Mercedes-Benz dealers in Washington and Oregon to establish how these repairs and the resultant repair history would impact this vehicle’s Fair Market Value (FMV). Dealers were provided with an evaluation of the vehicle’s condition both prior and subsequent to repairs.
Description of damage: Disabling collision damages to the Left Front with no damage to structural components and no air bag deployment. Repair cost $8,115.01. LKQ (used) and/or aftermarket parts were not utilized in the repair/not factored in to the diminished value.
The average of six (6) deductions was 16.53%. This is the percentage of Diminished Value to be taken from the FMV at the time of loss.
We established that the above captioned vehicle had a Fair Market Value (Average Trade-In Value) of approximately $25,000.00 at the time of loss. The Diminished Value was $4,132.50
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