Each week we report on the most interesting and informative articles concerning auto diminished value claims. Regarding our diminished value appraisal of a Tesla Motors S90D with 2,847 miles that was involved in a front-end collision that caused $10,858.27 in damage. The car was disabled & towed but had no structural damage or 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.
We learned from these examples – The car brand makes a difference on loss itself. The way it works is the more the book value of the car the more the loss is. Example: If you had a Ford Focus your loss will be less than it would for a Tesla because the it cost less therefore the loss is less. Also, normally buyers when spending this kind of money on a Tesla, buyers would like to see a clean Carfax and will expect a “Deal”. The opinions of unbiased experts form the basis for a comprehensive Auto Diminished Value Appraisal. We obtain six of them which puts an appraisal prepared by The St. Lucie Appraisal Company in the ballpark. This is what the car owner will experience in the real world.
Dealers providing opinions regarding diminished value were given information specific to this vehicle including year, make, model, mileage, 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 order 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 Front not including structural components or air bag deployment. Repair cost $10,858.27. 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 15.56%. This is the percentage of Diminished Value to be taken from the Fair Market Value at the time of loss.
We have established that the above captioned vehicle had a Fair Market Value (Average Trade-In Value) of approximately $75,000.00 at the time of loss. Diminished Value = $11,670.00.
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