I’ve been handling diminished value claims for a number years. Essentially your car is not worth as much as it was before it was damaged. It’s been repaired and now it’s worth less; so we get the diminished value because when you sell your car your gonna get less money for it.
We will hire a diminished value appraiser; they’ll come up with a loss in diminished value. That’s a demand we will make upon the insurance company. Sometimes the insurance company will want to have their own appraiser look at your car and we allow that. They may come up with a different number and then that’s when negotiations take place.
The diminished value appraiser will look at the repairs ever made, they’ll look at the invoice from the body shop and they’ll look at what the car is selling for on the current market. They’ll come up with the diminished value amount and they will base it upon
Oftentimes we will have a diminished value appraisers testify in arbitration or in court proceedings.
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