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 Chevrolet Equinox Premier LZ2 FWD SUV with 160 miles that was involved in a rear collision that caused $3,259.70 in damage. The vehicle was not disabled/towed, had no structural damage and no air bag deployment. The claimant hired an independent auto appraiser working in El Paso 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 Chevrolet dealerships in West Texas – One dealer said that as long as the Carfax just reports it as a minor accident that could just be a scrape on the car it will lose 10% of it’s trade-in value. Another dealer explained that the value will go down and it’s up to the bank to see what they are willing to work with. I believe that it may be less 10%-15% of the pre-accident 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 Chevrolet dealers in West Texas 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 rear with no damage to structural components and no air bag deployment. Repair cost $3,259.70. 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 10.42%. 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 $30,500.00 at the time of loss. The Diminished Value was $3,178.10
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