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Welcome to The St. Lucie Appraisal Company – Automobile, Personal Property & Diminished Value Appraiser in all 50 States

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Our company provides Valuation and Diminished Value Appraisals for all types of cars, trucks and tangible personal property including Antique and Custom Cars, Trucks, Heavy Equipment, Motorcycles, Recreational Vehicles, Total Loss Valuation Disputes, Mobile Homes, Boats, Machinery, Antiques, Furs, Doll Collections, Ceramics & Glass, Works of Art, Furnishings, Rocks and Minerals, Contents Appraisals, Sports Cards, Comic Books, Disney Collections, Space Artifacts, Musical Instruments and more. Please feel free to call 772-359-4300 with questions.

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The best Diminished Value Appraisal you will find anywhere. -Franklin Colletta, Owner

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The fee for an Automobile Diminished Value Report is $275.00. You may also make your Credit Card Payment by telephone, call 772-359-4300.

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

Service throughout Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Vehicle Valuation Report for Title and Registration – Auto, Truck, RV, Motorcycle and Heavy Equipment

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company prepares valuation and diminished value appraisals for all types of cars, trucks, RVs, motorcycles and heavy equipment in all 50 states. In each county of every state, motor vehicles being titled and registered for tags and license plates are assessed a tax based on the vehicle’s value. If your car was ever involved in a collision, especially one involving severe damage that included structural (frame) damage or air bag deployment, you are paying up to double the amount you pay for motor vehicle title and registration taxes.

For example, if you own a late-model Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, INFINITI, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce or Tesla which the state values at $50,000, your motor vehicle tax is approximately $3,500.00. However, the same car showing a bad Carfax, Autocheck or other repair history report may have an actual value of up to 50% less. The resultant tax saving would be $1,750.00. If your motor vehicle is worth more, your savings increase exponentially. RVs such as Prevost, Newmar or Featherlite and heavy trucks such as Mack, Kenworth, Peterbilt or Volvo that have been repaired after collisions aren’t worth nearly as much as those that were never wrecked. The motor vehicle tax saving on a half-million-dollar vehicle could be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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Call The St. Lucie Appraisal Company at 772-359-4300 to inquire about obtaining a vehicle valuation appraisal when you obtain a title for a high-end vehicle or next time you renew your registration.

 




 

The cost to obtain a vehicle valuation appraisal is $275.00. Use the payment button above and email either your vehicle’s Carfax report or repair estimate from the body shop or insurance company to contact@stlucieappraisal.net. You will receive a signed vehicle valuation appraisal from a licensed motor vehicle appraiser via email in one week.

Service throughout
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi , Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

HIGHEST STANDARDS LEAD TO THE BEST REPUTATION AMONG INDEPENDENT AUTO APPRAISERS

Independent Automobile Appraisers – it is an industry that has changed but, regrettably, not for the better and definitely not for the benefit of auto owners like you and I. From small-operators to companies that offer nationwide service, many independents court insurance companies as clients rather than private parties. One may concede that it makes perfect fiduciary sense. Once they land a big fish like Allstate, State Farm or Progressive, a steady income is virtually guaranteed. Making the job even more desirable is that these appraisers can produce “computerized” valuation and diminished value reports based on formulas, algorithms, valuation guidebooks such as NADA or, in many cases, simply offer their “expert” opinions. What is most interesting, however, is that those independent appraisal firms that accept assignments from private parties in valuation or diminished value disputes use the same shoddy, invalid methodologies simply because it requires minimal effort. While it takes less than ten minutes to prepare a vehicle valuation report or diminished value appraisal using a formula, an independent appraisal company that does actual research such as obtaining expert opinions from multiple dealers or accessing automobile auction results can spend hours arriving at a quantifiable figure. The St. Lucie Appraisal Company is one such independent auto, truck, RV and motorcycle appraiser that does just that. Has maintaining these high standards lead to our having the best reputation among independent auto appraisers? Do your due diligence when choosing an independent appraiser by investigation their reviews in sites such as ripoffreport.com, sitejabber.com, BBB.org, complaintsboard.com, yelp.com, citysearch.com, topix.com, scambook.com, glassdoor.com, caselaw.findlaw.com, google.com/maps, pissedconsumer.com as well as good old Angie’s List. Why did these sites rate a mention? You’ll find negative, sometimes alarming reviews and complaints about almost every independent automobile appraisal company except one. Us.

Insurance companies are obviously well-aware of formula-based appraisals such as derivatives of Rule 17-C so their adjusters and defense attorneys handle them appropriately by downgrading or rejecting claims altogether. Inadequate methodologies lead to angry consumers who are now faced with uncertainty over what to do next – especially when it comes to making third-party inherent diminished value claims. Your dealer – any dealer for that matter – will inform you that your car has lost thousands when you want to trade it in yet insurance companies routinely get away with settling diminished value claims for a few hundred dollars.

To an independent automobile appraiser, the best validation of our work is repeat business. Friends of clients and former clients themselves now dealing with second accidents call us. Attorneys, collision shops, agents and car dealerships keep sending clients our way which wouldn’t be the case if they were hearing complaints of bad faith or poor customer service. We specialize in resolving total loss valuation disputes and inherent diminished value claims.Read our own in-house comments page where our clients have reviewed our services.

Paul N (Alabama)- Franklin, I wanted to thank you for your documents because today we received the full amount from Alfa Insurance Company from your documentation, $10,125.00 diminished value settlement on the BMW. Thanks again.

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Our company provides Valuation and Diminished Value Appraisals for all types of cars, trucks and tangible personal property including Antique and Custom Cars, Trucks, Heavy Equipment, Motorcycles, Recreational Vehicles, Mobile Homes and more. Please feel free to call 772-359-4300 with questions.

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT AUTOMOBILE DIMINISHED VALUE

 

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The fee for an Automobile Diminished Value Report is $275.00. You may also make your Credit Card Payment by telephone, call 772-359-4300.

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

Service throughout Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

A Land Rover Diminished Value Claim in Kentucky

Regarding a 2014 Land Rover Sport Autobiography AWD SUV  with 32,000 Miles that was involved in a rear-end collision that caused $1,800.00 in damage. The car was not disabled & towed and did not have structural damage.The claimant 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 three examples – dealers would definitely take this on a trade however there may or may not be a 10-20% loss at trade in when you have an accident on a Carfax report, also that  that when you get an accident and you have a minor accident on the report it would be normal to maybe lose ballpark 10% and also that  a vehicle that is new like this with an accident report is never good to potential buyers and  you may lose up to 10-15% at trade. 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 Land Rover 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: Non-disabling collision damages to the Rear not including structural components. Repair cost $1,800.00. 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 11.25%. 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 $62,500.00 at the time of loss. Diminished Value = $7,031.25.

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The fee for an Automobile Diminished Value Report is $275.00. You may also make your Credit Card Payment by telephone, call 772-359-4300.

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

Services available in Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Georgetown, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Independence, Jeffersontown, Lexington, Louisville, Nicholasville, Owensboro, Paducah, Richmond and throughout Kentucky.

Adair, Allen, Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Meade, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford Counties.

 

A Dodge Diminished Value Claim in North Carolina

Regarding a 2018 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus with 1,700 Miles that was involved in a front and rear-end collision that caused $18,000.00 in damage. The car was disabled & towed and had structural damage.The claimant 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 three examples – some dealers might still take as trade in but we will lose a lot off the value because of listed damage even if it was repaired correctly. Also, structurally damaged cars can never be resold for full book due to the damage amount and frame or unibody being compromised, past experience is normally a 35% hit. Also, it would be a hard sell anytime a car like this gets in an accident especially with a bad auto check showing structural damage it could be as drastic as 50% off the book because it would end up in auction and would need to be sold for a lot less than the book due to the damage listed. 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 Dodge/Ram 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 Rear including structural components. Repair cost $18,000.00. 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 36.25%. 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 $25,000.00 at the time of loss. Diminished Value = $9,062.50

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT AUTOMOBILE DIMINISHED VALUE

 

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The fee for an Automobile Diminished Value Report is $275.00. You may also make your Credit Card Payment by telephone, call 772-359-4300.

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

Service in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, High Point, Greenville, Asheville, Concord, Gastonia, Jacksonville, Chapel Hill, Rocky Mount, Burlington, Huntersville, Wilson and throughout North Carolina.

A Dodge Diminished Value Claim in Texas

Regarding a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT 392 with 31,000 Miles that was involved in a rear-end collision that caused $600.00 in damage. The claimant 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.

Upon querying Dodge dealers in Texas, we learned from these three examples – if the car has under $1,000.00 worth of damage and it was fixed correctly you should not be looking at taking more than a 10% loss, plus being that there is a bad Carfax you would be looking at taking a loss around 10% plus normally at any dealership there will be about a 10-15% loss for a minor to mild accident. 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 Dodge/Ram 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: Non-disabling collision damages to the Rear not including structural components. Repair cost $600.00. 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 10.83%. 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 $40,000.00 at the time of loss. Diminished Value = $4,332.00

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The fee for an Automobile Diminished Value Report is $275.00. You may also make your Credit Card Payment by telephone, call 772-359-4300.

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

Service in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, Lubbock, Garland, Irving, Amarillo, Grand Prairie, Brownsville, Pasadena, McKinney, Mesquite, Killeen, Frisco, McAllen, Waco, Carrollton, Midland, Denton, Abilene, Beaumont, Odessa, Round Rock, Wichita Falls, Richardson, Lewisville, The Woodlands, Tyler, Pearland, College Station, San Angelo, Allen, League City, Sugar Land, Longview, Mission, Edinburg, Bryan, Baytown, Pharr, Temple, Missouri City, Flower Mound and throughout Texas.