Terms to Know that Pertain to Vehicle Value and Quality Repairs Alpharetta, GA
Car Accident

The uninitiated can be easily fooled by unscrupulous auto repair companies and insurance companies. In fact, they often rely on confusing terms to convince innocent consumers that they are receiving the best possible repairs on their vehicle. You should be aware of the common terms you may encounter when your vehicle needs repair. Wreck Check Atlanta defines the most popular confusing terms you may encounter.

Words Matter

Attorneys and legislators know how much words matter – but the average consumer may not. Pay attention to the terminology used by your repair shop or insurance adjuster. It can reveal the level of service you are receiving in your auto repair.

OEM Parts – OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer” and is the only parts you should allow on your vehicle. These are parts from the authorized vehicle manufacturer and will have the best fit and longevity.

Recommended Repair Partners – This can be a repair shop or body shop that is on a list provided by your insurance company. The law does not allow insurance companies to dictate the repair shop you use, but they will often attempt to direct you to a shop they like, for various reasons. This is called “steering” and should be reported to an attorney and the local BBB.

Aftermarket Parts – These are parts manufactured by third-party companies that do not meet the same specifications as OEM parts. They are also called “Like Kind and Quality Parts (LKQ),” “Quality Replacement Parts (QRP)” and “Economy Parts.” You are not required to allow these parts to be used on your vehicle.

Diminished Value – This is the difference between what your pre-accident vehicle was worth and the market value of the vehicle after repairs are completed.

Pre-Loss Condition – This is the same quality condition of your vehicle before an accident that required repairs. Insurance companies are required to repair your vehicle to “Pre-Loss Condition”.

Total Loss – This is when your vehicle suffers so much damage in a crash that it would cost more to repair the vehicle than it would to replace it.

Wreck Check Atlanta Can Help

Don’t be fooled by repair shops or insurance adjusters. Wreck Check Atlanta can evaluate your vehicle to see if you are being treated fairly. Contact us today for assistance.

Posted on behalf of Wreck Check Atlanta

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Wreck Check Atlanta is the leader in Post Repair Inspections, Diminished Value Assessments and detecting Improper and Unsafe Repairs. Due to our success we have many satisfied clients that would like to tell you about their experience with our company.

  • Amazing! He told me early on how much money he was going to be able to get me and he was spot on. I paid a small fee to get thousands more in my diminished value claim than the insurance company was offering. Further, RJ was very easy to get in contact with. He responded to my emails almost instantly. The whole process went by so quickly once he was involved. I would recommend him to anyone.

    Hunter Owens
  • My insurance company offered me 37 bucks in diminished value. My case was slightly complex due to the insurance companies appraiser being stubborn and difficult. It had to be escalated to an unbiased umpire for a final binding decision. I wasn't expecting for it to go this far however it did. I ended up getting close to 3K back. RJ is extremely professional and he fights for you. The only issue to me is his preferred method of communication which is by email. Which i became accustomed to because he responds more prompt that way. He generated a 30 to 40 page report. He works extremely hard and for that I'm appreciative.

    Ricky Major
  • RJ is Awesome! He got me 10x what the insurance company offered on a 2 year old accident. Also, I traded the car in 7 months ago so I no longer had it. If I could share this experience with every person I see I would. I’ve already told several family and friends, it’s really just unbelievable to me! If you have any question what so ever, I promise his fee will be the best $275 you’ll ever spend!!

    Paras Raichura
  • Very responsive and professional. Helped me through the process step by step. I know that without their help I would not have gotten any money from the insurance company, literally pennies on the dollar without Wreck Check!

    Mayra Saldana
  • RJ Sweeney is very quick, effective, and efficient. He got me more money out of my car’s value after my insurance company low-balled me. Use him!!!

    Jessica Via
  • Helped us through the process. Very responsive. We were able to get more than we originally though. Thanks, RJ!

    Dani Senne
  • This was my first time working with a diminished value appraiser and RJ Sweeney made it an amazing experience. He helped me get 10 times the amount of the original offer from the insurance company

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