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 Tesla S 100D 4 Door Sedan with 7,028 miles that was involved in a right rear collision that caused $4,273.41 in damage. The vehicle was not disabled/towed, had 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 exotic new car dealerships in the Chula Vista, California area – One dealer said that he saw there was structural damage as well that would change everything. We would be be looking at 30% minimum deduction and could be as high as 40%. Another dealer explained that there would be a much higher loss of around 35% of the cars value due to the frame being reported as damaged on Carfax. If the frame was damaged in the accident and has been reported, that would no longer be considered a minor accident and would change the number drastically.
The opinions of six unbiased professional sales managers at recognized exotic new car dealerships in California form the basis for the most comprehensive Auto Diminished Value Appraisal available. We obtain six of them to validate the diminished value report prepared by AUTODIMINISHEDVALUE.COM. This is what the car owner will experience in the real world.
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 exotic new car dealers in Southern California 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: Non-disabling collision damages to the right rear including damage to structural components and no air bag deployment. Repair cost $4,273.41. 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 34.17%. 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 $95,000.00 at the time of loss. The Diminished Value was $32,461.50.
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