A Toyota Diminished Value Claim in Hialeah, Florida

A diminished value appraisal of a Toyota Scion tC 2 Door Hatchback with 30,952 miles that was involved in a Rear-end collision that caused $2,109.18 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 Toyota dealerships in South Florida – One dealer said that when the car has frame damage that is never good and off the top of his head they have taken deductions as low as 30% all the way to 50%. Another dealer explained with frame damage on the Carfax they would not be able to offer full book value and would have to sell for a lot less if was fixed correctly and looks good you may only see a loss of 30-40% of value possibly more at other dealerships.

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 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 Toyota dealers in South Florida 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.

A Diminished Value Claim in Hialeah, Florida

Description of damage: Non-disabling collision damages to the Rear including damage to structural components and no air bag deployment. Repair cost $2,019.18. 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 36.67%. 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 $12,500.00 at the time of loss. The Diminished Value was $4,583.75

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After making your secure payment please email the completed body shop estimate or insurance company damage appraisal to contact@autodiminishedvalue.com

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