Each week we report on the most interesting and informative articles concerning auto diminished value claims. A diminished value appraisal of a new loaner MINI Cooper Convertible with 1.955 miles that was involved in a front collision that caused $2,396.72 in damage. The vehicle was not disabled/towed, had no structural damage and no air bag deployment. The dealership 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.
The opinions of six unbiased professional sales managers at recognized new car dealerships 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 The St. Lucie Appraisal Company. This is what the dealer will experience when selling the car.
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 MINI dealers in Connecticut to establish how these repairs and the resultant repair history would impact this vehicle’s Retail Value. Dealers were provided with an evaluation of the vehicle’s condition both prior and subsequent to repairs.
The average of six (6) deductions was 11.97%. This is the percentage of Diminished Value to be taken from the retail value at the time of loss.
We established that the above captioned vehicle had a Retail Value of approximately $27,500.00 at the time of loss. The Diminished Value was $3,291.75
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